Britten’s War Requiem


In an evening united by poets and music, the MSO reminded us how art can serve as a warning against war.

‘My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity…All a poet can do today is warn.’ Wilfred Owen’s words were written by composer Benjamin Britten on the front page of the score of War Requiem. In these days of hero worship and glorification, the pity—the realities in the stories of war are often forgotten but they underlined the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s commemorative program of the Great War.

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A Musical Valentine

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, Saturday 14 February 2015


In the height of Melbourne’s summer festival season thousands converged on the lush outdoor amphitheatre that is the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Young and old came with their finest picnic wares, boutique cider and bottles of wine for the first of three Melbourne Symphony Orchestra concerts ‘A Musical Valentine’.

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