Jonathan Dove: For an Unknown Soldier

Fauré: Requiem

London Mozart Players

To commemorate the ending of the First World War, Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society presents the cantata “For an Unknown Soldier” by Jonathan Dove.

The work was commissioned by the Portsmouth Grammar School to mark the anniversary of the beginning of the war and the school gave the first performance in 2014 with the London Mozart Players. We are pleased to announce the the London Mozart Players, making their first visit to Wells Cathedral, will be joining the choir and the Wells Cathedral Choristers for this performance.

Jonathan Dove said "Facing the enormity of the First World War, I thought it wise not to attempt to say too much. I wanted to tell the story of just one man, an unknown soldier, as vividly as possible." It was after studying many first hand accounts that the composer knew he needed a more concentrated form of text, so he turned to the poetry of the time. What was produced is a work of poignant musical and emotional acuity. It is beautiful and not to be missed.

Jonathan Dove will be attending the performance.

Tickets are available online.

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