Britten's War Requiem


Friday 19 & Saturday 20 August 2022, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Britten's War Requiem

Benjamin BRITTEN War Requiem (77 mins)

Requiem aeternam
Dies irae
Agnus Dei
Libera me

This concert has no interval.

Asher Fisch
Musicians of the Australian National Academy of Music
Elena Perroni soprano
Paul O’Neill tenor
David Greco baritone
WASO Chorus
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Aquinas College Schola Cantorum

Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts.
Presented in collaboration with Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).
ANAM is supported by the Minderoo Foundation.

Wesfarmers Arts Pre-concert Talk
Find out more about the music in the concert with this week’s speaker, Hugh Lydon. The Pre-concert Talk will take place at 6.45pm in the Terrace Level Foyer.

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This performance is recorded for broadcast on ABC Classic. For further details visit

Did you know?

Britten began composing at the age of 5, growing up in Suffolk, England.

The choice of each soloist at the premiere of Britten's War Requiem was to represent a nation most affected by WWII.

Britten wasn't happy with the premiere of his work. He had asked for specific chorus (which he didn't get), the London Symphony Orchestra (which he didn't get), and the acoustics of Coventry Cathedral were, famously, are not up to the standard of others of its time.

Britten's final rehearsal for the War Requiem battled the noise of workmen finishing the cathedral!

Asher Fisch on Britten's War Requiem

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