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Songs of Farewell
Songs of Farewell

Mon, 13 Nov


SPOT/Oosterpoort Groningen

Songs of Farewell

Nederlands Kamerkoor conducted by chief conductor Peter Dijkstra

Time & Location

13 Nov 2023, 20:15

SPOT/Oosterpoort Groningen, Trompsingel 27, 9724 DA Groningen, The Netherlands

About the event


Herbert Howells handing out Requiem

James MacmillanTenebrae Responses

Hubert Parry Songs of Farewell


With the Requiem by Howells and Songs of Farewell by Hubert Parry, the Nederlands Kamerkoor brings together two of the most popular English choral works in a full evening programme. The popularity of both pieces lies in their accessibility as well as their beauty.

Both works were written in response to profound personal experiences of both composers.

Howells initially wrote his Requiem in memory of soldiers who had fallen during the First World War, but the writing process took a very bitter turn when his son died of polio. Hubert Parry came to his composition when some of his students did not return from the same World War. They had died on the battlefield.

The Nederlands Kamerkoor brings these compositions together and combines them with theTenebrae Responses by the contemporary composer James MacMillan, whose works the choir has previously performed, including the beautiful Seven last words from the Cross.


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