CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020 and there is currently no planned re-opening time though it will not be before 1st June 2020 and is most likely to be September (according to some West End producers).
Some shows have been cancelled, or closed early, but many are being rescheduled and we are trying to keep up with the changes - assume that anything posted for April and May is actually postponed or cancelled. Pantomimes are possible but a few venues and shows may not return and larger venues and tours are unlikely to re-appear before 2021 though we have some hope for some panto ....
Benjamin Britten's War Requiem was composed in 1961 for the consecration of Coventry Cathedral - newly rebuilt following its destruction in the Second World War. Britten took as his inspiration the words of young English war poet, Wilfred Owen, himself killed in action on 4 November 1918, just days before the armistice. The War Requiem profoundly weaves together nine of Owen's most poignant poems including Anthem for Doomed Youth, Futility and Strange Meeting, with the traditional Latin mass. With text taken from the Requiem Mass and poems by Wilfred Owen, this great commemorative war elegy was first performed in Coventry Cathedral on 30 May 1962 to great critical and popular acclaim. Performers Marina Mescheriakova (soprano), Ian Bostridge (tenor - English Soldier), Thomas Hampson (baritone - German Soldier). MusicBenjamin Britten.CompanyOrchestra of the Royal Opera House.ConductorBernard Haitink.CompanyThe Royal Opera Chorus.