- German Requiem
- Julian Philips
- Sea and Stars (premiere of 50th anniversary commission)
- Ealing Choral Society
- Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
- Anna Dennis
- Matthew Brook
- Jonathan Williams
In his Requiem, Brahms places humanity at the centre, offering solace to the living and bereaved. It is a profoundly moving piece, traversing a journey from earthly suffering through faith, consolation and ultimately joy.
Written as a companion piece to the Brahms Requiem, Sea and Stars, from composer Julian Philips with text by Simon Christmas, was commissioned by Ealing Choral Society to mark their 50th anniversary. Philips and Christmas draw on the power of choral music as an expression of the spiritual to deliver a humanist fable for the 21st century. A traveller seeking the meaning of his own life on earth visits the fiery ‘hell’ around an undersea vent, where life began, and the starry spheres of ‘heaven’ which, perfect and unchanging as they may be, are therefore lifeless. He learns that meaning lies neither in the origin nor the destination, but in the journey from one to the other.
6.45pm: Pre-concert Talk on Sea and Stars by Julian Philips and Simon Christmas.