In Remembrance: Durufle Requiem

Saturday 10 November 2018
7.30pm
Venue: Littleport St George - St George CB6 1PS
New Cambridge Singers (NCS) begin their 2018/19 season on a reflective but impassioned note, marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice with a performance of Maurice Durufls Requiem.

In Remembrance: Duruflé Requiem

New Cambridge Singers

Saturday 10 November 2018  7.30pm

St George’s Church, Littleport, Ely CB6 1PS

Tickets: £10, School pupils free 

Founded in 1986, the choir regularly brings its music to towns and villages surrounding Cambridge. It will be making a first visit to St George’s Church Littleport on the eve of the anniversary of the Armistice.

Choir Director Graham Walker commented, “Duruflé’s longest and most substantial work was completed in 1947, soon after the end of the Second World War.  The music of the Requiem is inspired by the chants from the Gregorian Mass for the Dead, and what better occasion to perform this than to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. This magnificent and moving work is paired with other shorter works, which use plainsong chants as their inspiration, by composers from Rachmaninov to the contemporary British composer David Nunn”.

St George’s Church Littleport, one of the town’s most beautiful historic buildings, dates back to the 15th century. The tower clock was dedicated to those who lost their lives in the first World War. The magnificent organ of exceptional quality, originally built for Milton Hall, was installed in 1895. The organ panelling contains the names of the men of Littleport who died in the two world wars and serves as a memorial chapel. It will thus be a fitting instrument for this Saturday’s performance, when the organist will be Dr Christopher Whitton, Director of Music at Emmanuel College Cambridge.

The same concert programme will be performed in central Cambridge at the Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs on Saturday 17 November 2018.

Concert and box office details:

Box office: email: vicar@littleportparishchurch.org or tel: 01353 864695
Tickets will be available from Littleport Bargain Centre, 9 Main Street,  Littleport, CB6 1PH

 

Editor’s notes:

About the New Cambridge Singers:

  1. Accomplished, ambitious and friendly, the New Cambridge Singers offer an energetic outlook, combining a rich and mature sound with delicacy and intimacy.
  2. We aim for excellence in all that we do and relish our innovative programming, performing a wide range of music from the Renaissance to the present day. The New Cambridge Singers are also committed to, and have a strong tradition of, the commissioning and performance of new works.
  3. Alongside our concerts in historic venues across Cambridge, we are proud to bring our music to the surrounding villages and towns as well as supporting local and national charities through our music making.

Cost and booking:

Tickets: £10 - School pupils free  Please book in advance.