Rochester Choral Society, conducted by John Mountford.
This former naval chapel, full of memorials to Medway ships and crews lost in both World Wars, is the perfect setting for an Autumn Concert of 20th century choral music appropriate to the season of Remembrance, including two contemplative song-cycles by Vaughan Williams, who lived through both conflicts. His colourfully uplifting "Five Mystical Songs" (1911) are settings of George Herbert's 17th century poems on theological themes of love, sacrifice and redemption, while his "Six Choral Songs to be sung in Time of War" (1940) set Shelley’s allegorical verses about courage, love and loss to resolute marching tunes with a twist of longing for a future free from war. In Duruflé’s timelessly poignant Requiem (completed 1947), rich harmonies and insistent rhythms transform plainchant prayers for the dead into an impassioned plea for universal redemption and peace. Soloists will be: Simon Thorpe Baritone. Amanda Floyd Mezzo-soprano. Isla Morgan Cello. Jeremy Lloyd Organ & Piano.