Coventry Cathedral in ruins, November 1940. Britten’s War Requiem was written for the church’s reconsecration more than 20 years after it was destroyed by Nazi bombers.
Next week, the TSO will perform the Britten War Requiem, as a way to commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I. It’s an impressive lineup of performers: Bramwell Tovey conducts (and, knowing him, will make some articulate and insightful comments from the stage) with soprano Tatiana Pavlovskaya, Toby Spence, tenor, Russell Braun, baritone, and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Toronto Children’s Chorus.
The War Requiem, first performed on 30 May 1962, was commissioned to mark the consecration of the new Coventry Carol, which was built after the original fourteenth-century structure was destroyed in a World War II bombing raid. Britten had a shoulder injury and could not conduct the concert, but he did lead the chamber orchestra, and another conductor, Meredith Davies, was brought in to lead the vocal soloists, mixed choir, boys’ choir, full orchestra, and organ. Since then, you’ll sometimes see two conductors performing.
Thursday, November 8 at 8 PM
Saturday, November 10 at 8 PM (pre-concert talk at 6:45 PM)
Roy Thomson Hall
Tix info here.
See you at the Symphony!