Duruflé: Requiem

Sunday 19 September 2021, 7:00 pm

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Please note: this concert has taken place.

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Oxford Bach Choir online concert of Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine and Duruflé Requiem, will be performed this Sunday 19th September, and can be accessed in a live stream directly from the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford.

Conducted by Benjamin Nicholas, with Robert Quinney (organ), Rebecca McNaught (cello), Lila Chrisp (mezzo) and Ben Davies (bass), the performance will include readings by Alice Oswald, Oxford University Professor of Poetry.

The performance is dedicated to the memory of all who have died and those who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.  The free concert is also a celebration of the work of Oxford’s scientists and health care professionals, who have made such exceptional advances against Covid-19.  The online performance will include a JustGiving link to Oxford Hospitals Charity.


Gabriel Fauré composed his Cantique de Jean Racine in 1865 when he was aged only 20 and still a student, but its gentle simplicity has long made it one of his best loved works.

Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem dates from 1947, when its composer was at the peak of his powers. In this work, Duruflé followed Fauré in avoiding the dramatic fire and brimstone which we find in the settings of the Requiem by Verdi or Berlioz, but instead produced a more meditative and consolatory piece. Duruflé had a lifelong fascination with plainchant, and his setting of the Requiem is filled with traditional Gregorian melodies, all adorned with new and beautiful harmonies.

Download the concert programme here.

Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas

Soloist: Robert Quinney (organ) Rebecca McNaught (cello) Lila Chrisp (mezzo) Ben Davies (bass)

Duration: 75 mins (no interval)

Tickets: FREE Stream and On Demand