Cathedral is setting for War Requiem

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Ely Cathedral will be the setting for a performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, complete with a full orchestra and two choirs.

The performance will be on Saturday November 22 (Britten’s 101st birthday) and is the closing event of the Cambridge Music Festival.

The War Requiem was premiered in 1962 at the re-consecration of Coventry Cathedral, which was destroyed in a German bombing raid during the Second World War. He dedicated the work to four soldier friends, three of whom died in action in the war and one who committed suicide afterwards. It will be performed by the Britten Sinfonia, the Cambridge University Orchestra, and the choirs of Cambridge University Musical Society, Girton and Jesus colleges.

Soloists are Amanda Roocroft John Mark Ainsley, tenor, and Neal Davies, bass.