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Fauré’s Requiem: Music for Reflection and Hope

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Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

The Bach Choir


David Hill – conductor
Katy Hill – soprano
Gareth Brynmor John – baritone

Anna Lapwood – presenter
The Bach Choir


Gabriel Jackson The Promise (World premiere, commissioned by The Bach Choir)

Tallis Hymn

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis

Richard Blackford Vision of a Garden (World premiere, commissioned by The Bach Choir)

— Interval —

Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine

Fauré Requiem

The Bach Choir and the Philharmonia Orchestra join forces for a moving performance featuring two of Fauré’s best-loved choral works.

This concert continues the Bach Choir’s strong tradition of both heritage and innovation, as Fauré’s Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine are paired with two new works composed during lockdown. Vision of a Garden, by Ivor Novello award-winner Richard Blackford, sets a poignant text by choir member Peter Johnstone. It incorporates extracts from diaries written for Peter by NHS staff during his many weeks on a ventilator to battle and overcome COVID.  The concert begins with The Promise – an emotive unaccompanied work presented alongside a powerful short film. Vaughan Williams’s Tallis Fantasia showcases the trademark warmth and beauty of the Philharmonia’s string section.  The 150+ singers of the Bach Choir return to the concert platform with an afternoon of reflection and hope for the future.

This concert is co-promoted by the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Bach Choir. 

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Prices & Discounts

£13 – £65

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available

Running time:

1h 30 minutes, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available a week before the event.

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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