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A Robert Graves Oratorio
Sacred Heart Church, Wimbledon

Saturday 11 November8:00pm

Sonoro
Merton Music Foundation Young Voices
Philharmonia Orchestra
Robin O’Neill, conductor
Edward Grint, baritone

A uniquely moving work using the poems Robert Graves (author of the definitive WW1 autobiography Goodbye to All That) wrote as a young soldier to trace his journey from the peace of an English school to the Somme and back.

Music and libretto combine to chart the tension between words and experience; the journey from innocence through anticipation, camaraderie, incoherent horror and madness, to the final resolution and an attempt to find peace through poetry. The subject matter is intensely challenging but as powerful now, and as relevant to humanity, as it was 100 years ago.



Past Concerts

  • 12
    05
    2017

    Brahms
    Ein deutsches Requiem

    St James's, Piccadilly, London

    A special performance of Brahms’ choral masterpiece, interspersed with poetry and texts exploring life and beyond, read by Victoria Newlyn.

    Open
  • 18
    03
    2017

    Handel's Messiah

    St John's Church, Wimbledon

    Sonoro
    Wimbledon Community Chorus
    Sonoro Baroque Ensemble

    Open
  • 18
    12
    2016

    A Ceremony of Carols

    Kings Place, London

    Britten A Ceremony of Carols
    Holst Ave Maria
    Panufnik Angels Sing!
    Rutter Dancing Day

     

    Open
  • 25
    11
    2016

    O Radiant Dawn –
    Music for Advent

    St James's, Piccadilly

    Dove I am the day
    MacMillan O radiant dawn
    Sandström Es ist ein Ros
    Stanford Magnificat

    Open

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