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Britten War Requiem

 Mark Wigglesworth   Conductor 
 Emma Bell  Soprano
 Allan Clayton  Tenor
 Roman Trekel  Baritone
 BBC National Chorus of Wales  
 Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Chorus  
 Britten  War Requiem

Susan Bullock is unwell and has sadly had to withdraw from the concert. We are delighted to welcome Emma Bell as our soprano for Sunday.

It was a dream commission for the pacifist composer: write a piece to mark the dedication of Coventry cathedral, which had been devastated by bombs one generation earlier. Britten seized the chance both to commemorate and innovate, bringing together an ancient mass setting with the hard-hitting poetry of Wilfred Owen. Emotionally direct and uncompromising, the work retains a prophetic tone even today.

Britten travels through time
18.30 - 19.15

Like Vaughan Williams, Britten was a master at bridging musical eras. His momentous War Requiem draws on references to both the Ancient and Modern, holding them in creative tension. This talk will look at the many elements, historical and musical, that make up Britten’s magnum opus.

This event is free for concert ticket holders. With Jonathan James.


Nothing to be Written: 7-minute VR Experience 
Lefel 3 | 6.30pm

From the unrestrained violence of the trenches, soldiers would send 'field postcards' to their families during World War One. Set to Anna Meredith's dramatic and haunting choral score for Five Telegrams, step into Virtual Reality and explore the powerful and emotive human stories beyond the edges of the postcards.

The award-winning VR experience 'Nothing to be Written', can be seen this Sunday (11/11) from 6.30pm at St David's Hall, ahead of our performance of Britten's War Requiem.

Audience participation is welcome (subject to availability)

Age Restrictions
Please note that all BBC NOW concerts are recorded live for BBC Radio broadcast. Patrons are encouraged to bring along children and take advantage of Family Tickets, but please be aware that any noise can be picked up on the broadcast. No content is unsuitable for children, but there may be extended periods of loud music. BBC NOW concerts are generally suitable for ages 7+, but parents will be the best judge of whether their children are able to sit quietly for a long time. We would also advise taking an aisle seat so they can exit easily if needed.

Standard Price £15.00 | £22.00 | £29.00 | £36.00 | £41.00
Under 26 £5.00
Family Ticket (1 adult and 1-2 children) £15.00 (Not available online; collect at Box Office only)
Family Ticket (2 adults and 1-4 children) £20.00 (Not available online; collect at Box Office only)
Students (with valid student ID) £5.00
Over 65s | Disabled people plus one companion £13.50 | £19.80 | £26.10 | £32.40 | £36.90
Wheelchair user plus one companion - please contact Box Office on 02920 878444. £15.00 each ticket
Groups 10+ (Please contact Box Office on 02920 878444) 15% off

Plus an optional £1 postage fee for tickets to be posted.
*For Hynt tickets, please contact Box Office on 02920 878444.

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18.00  Bars open
18.30  Pre-Concert Talk (Lefel 1)
19.00  Doors open
19.30  START
NONE  Interval
21.00  FINISH                                                                             

PLEASE NOTE: Running times are approximate and supplied for guidance only.  They may be subject to change.