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The University of Southampton

Requiem in Blue Event

25 April 2015
St. Michael's Church Bugle Street Southampton SO15 2AD

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Turner Sims on 023 8059 5151 or email .

Event details

Harvey Brough and the University of Southampton Voices perform alongside Cantores Michaelis and Romsey Abbey Primary School at St. Michael's Church

Written in 1998 in memory of his brother Lester, Requiem in Blue is the best known and most performed of Harvey Brough’s choral oeuvre. Like all his compositions, the Requiem mixes together different and unusual genres for a choral piece. Although based firmly in the tradition of the Latin classical Mass, it mixes together adult and childrens voices with plainsong, folk song, early music influences and jazz improvisation, to dazzling effect.

It has been performed over 50 times all over the UK and in Europe, including venues such as the Barbican, St Johns Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, Union Chapel, (London) - Ely Cathedral, Portsmouth Cathedral, Bath Abbey, Great St Mary’s, Cambridge, The Usher Hall, Edinburgh. And by many schools, including Christ’s Hospital, Dulwich College, Uppingham, Oundle, Clifton College, City of London School.

Many outstanding musicians have performed in the piece and in the CD recording, including Liane Carroll, Jacqui Dankworth, Natacha Atlas, Gerard Presencer, Mike Outram, Alec Dankworth, Julian Siegel, Winston Clifford, Andy Hamill, Tom Arthurs and James Maddren.

The Pie Jesu and the final movement, Lux Aeterna feature words from Spoonface Steinberg by Lee Hall (writer of Billy Elliot) - like all of Requiem in Blue, this last movement, rooted in a Christian tradition is a powerful plea for universal redemption.

For this performance, USV will perform with Harvey’s band of musicians and soloists, including Clara Sanabras, Emily Dankworth, Mike Outram and Andy Hamill, conducted by the composer.

We are delighted to be joined by Cantores Michaelis, the University’s outstanding consort of voices, directed by Keith Davis and Romsey Abbey Primary School singers, led by Marion Maxey.


Tickets:£12 (£5 concs)
Available from Turner Sims:
Phone: 023 8059 5151


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