Service of Remembrance for World War I at Chirst Church Cathedral

By Lynn Glanville


Christ Church Cathedral Choir and Chamber Orchestra will perform a
service of remembrance for World War I on Thursday November 6 at 7.00 pm.

This unique and memorable evening will feature Duruflé’s beautiful
‘Requiem’, with WWI poetic interpolations read by broadcaster Michael
Lee and an Act of Remembrance led by the Very Rev’d Dermot Dunne, Dean
of Christ Church.

Duruflé’s Requiem is arguably one of the most beautiful of all requiems.
It was commissioned in 1947 by the French music publisher, Durand, and
was written in memory of the composer’s father.

At the time of
commission, Duruflé was working on an organ suite using themes from
Gregorian chants. He incorporated his sketches for that work into the
Requiem, which uses numerous themes from the Gregorian ‘Mass for the
Dead.’ Nearly all the thematic material in the work comes from chant.

The choir of Christ Church Cathedral, directed by Ian Keatley, enjoys an
enviable reputation as one of Ireland’s finest choirs. Tracing its
origins to 1493, the cathedral choir has always been highly regarded in
Dublin’s musical life and formed part of the inaugural performance of
Handel’s Messiah in 1742.

With the largest repertoire of any cathedral choir in the country,
covering more than …read more

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