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23rd January, 2022

BBC Singers: Prayers in Time of Distress

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23rd January, 2022
15:30 -
Milton Court Concert Hall

The BBC Singers offer haunting choral music from the Theresienstadt ghetto, with reflective interludes provided by Guildhall School Musicians.

Viktor Ullmann composed his choral arrangements of Hebrew, Yiddish and Chassidic songs in the ghetto of Theresienstadt in 1943-1944. In the function of ‘Head of the Studio for New Music’, Ullmann made a significant contribution to the so-called ‘leisure activities’ in the ghetto. These haunting works are contrasted with Philip Moore’s settings of the words of the German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was murdered in a Nazi concentration camp in April 1945.

The choral pieces are supplemented by string music by two other Theresienstadt composers – Gideon Klein and František Domažlický – performed by students from Guildhall School.

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