Review: Fauré Requiem

Category: Music, General, Events

To commemorate the 20 OMs who tragically lost their lives alongside thousands of others on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme one hundred years ago, the College honoured them in two performances of Fauré’s stunning Requiem in Chapel.

The first took the form of the annual Everest Lecture (Common Room and pupils only) and the second was a performance for parents and the general public, augmented by an orchestra.  The choir consisted of current Chapel Choir members, Old Marlburians, Common Room and some guests with Helena Mackie (MO L6)  - Choir Head Chorister 2016/17 - and guest baritone, Christopher Sheldrake (Wells Cathedral Vicars Choral) as the distinguished soloists.  Each of the movements of the Requiem were interspersed with specially selected readings, some as expected were by Siegfried Sassoon (CO 1902-04) alongside other appropriately topical texts.  A combination of the choir’s panache and flair superbly accompanied by Alex Hodgkinson on the organ and a genuine interest and support from the community of the College ensured this was a beautifully poignant and suitably moving occasion, and a fitting closure to the College year, most notably in a musical capacity.

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director


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