Berlioz Requiem: Grande Messe des Morts

A popular highlight of various City of London Festivals in the past, Berlioz’s monumental Requiem nevertheless remains a rare and special treat. Legendary conductor Sir Colin Davis performs with the London Symphony Orchestra and soloist Barry Banks.

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Programme

Berlioz, Hector (1803-1869), Requiem "Grande Messe des Morts", Op.5

Artists

London Symphony Orchestra

London Symphony Chorus

Sir Colin Davis, Conductor

Barry Banks, Tenor

The London Symphony Orchestra and the legendary conductor Sir Colin Davis took part in our first Festival in 1962 - indeed Sir Colin directed the Festival’s first ever concert - and they will perform together in two special celebratory performances, joined by the impressive London Symphony Chorus.

A popular highlight of various City of London Festivals in the past, Berlioz’s monumental Requiem nevertheless remains a rare and special treat - and a fitting celebration for our fiftieth birthday. Poignant, reflective music is contrasted with brass ensembles blazing away in the four extremities of the Cathedral and twelve timpani thundering in dramatic fashion beneath the dome!

St Paul’s Cathedral, with its magnificent dome, provides cavernous acoustics not unlike those of Paris’ Les Invalides, for which Berlioz wrote the Grande Messe des Morts in 1837. Do not miss the opportunity to witness Sir Colin Davis – one of the world’s most revered Berlioz experts and one of Britain’s finest conductors – lead over 200 musicians through this immense work.

Tickets: £5, £10, £15, £21, £32, £45, £50

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Churchyard
London Greater London United Kingdom EC4M 8AD

Daily performances

20:00