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Remembrance Concert 2022

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Starts
11 November 2022 at 12:00 am
Ends
11 November 2022 at 11:59 pm

A concert of music written for remembrance, peace and reconciliation.

An audience member wrote after the Remembrance concert in 2021: I was moved to tears for most of the remembrance concert and genuinely don’t think I’ve heard them sing anything as technically difficult … it was all outstanding.

This year we remember and celebrate Ralph Vaughan Williams’ enormous contribution to church music in the 150th anniversary of his birth. The programme will open with his moving setting of words by George Herbert in the Five Mystical Songs (solo baritone Mike Entwisle).

Herbert Howells was inspired by Vaughan Williams’s music and Howells’ emotional and powerful unaccompanied Requiem, written tragically after his son, Michael, died aged 9, will be sung alongside his intense and beautiful anthem ‘Take him earth for cherishing’ (written on the death of President Kennedy in 1963).

As the tragedy of war continues in Ukraine, John Rutter’s evocative setting of A Prayer for Ukraine and two other contemporary works Lux aeterna by Abbey Lay Clerk James Millichap and Lord, you have been my dwelling place by the Director of Music Huw Williams renew our prayers for peace and reconciliation.

Featuring the Abbey Boys, Girls, Lay Clerks and the Chamber Choir.