University Choir & Symphony Orchestra in York Minster

University Choir
& University Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday 20 June 2018 at 7.30PM
York Minster

The Sir Christopher and Lady O'Donnell Concert

Catrin Woodruff soprano

James Gilchrist tenor

Stephan Loges baritone

Peter Seymour conductor

Britten     War Requiem

The final concert of the season also marks the centenary of the end of World War I with Britten’s searing non-liturgical setting of the Requiem Mass, commissioned for the 1962 consecration of Coventry Cathedral, rebuilt after its destruction in the Second World War.  The traditional Latin mass text is interspersed with settings of poems by World War I poet Wilfred Owen.  Three soloists are joined by chorus, boys’ choir, organ, and full and chamber orchestras.  The latter provides intimate accompaniment to the settings of Owen’s poetry, here sung by English tenor James Gilchrist and German baritone Stephan Loges.  Full orchestra is used for the Latin text sung by soprano Catrin Woodruff (a York alumna) and choirs.  All forces come together for the devastating finale.

(Concerts in York Minster take place by kind permission of the Chapter of York)

Festival of Ideas


Tickets: Front Nave: £25; concessions £23 / Rear Nave: £20; concessions £18
Unreserved side aisles: £14; concessions £12; students £5

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