Fauré Requiem was the cornerstone of the ‘In Flanders Fields’
concert. First performed in 1888, the composer Gabriel Fauré
described the work as a ‘lullaby of death’; and it is an
expression of his personal loss, as he started it upon the death of his
father and his mother died before it was completed. The mood of Fauré’s
Requiem is one of peacefulness and serenity, and its very gentleness
and understatement goes a long way to explaining its popularity and
by Hastings Choristers Cantorus choir, with the pipe organ
accompaniment of Heather Moen-Boyd along with soloists Soprano Rose
Wallin and Baritone Joshua Salter, it was impossible not to be
moved by the ethereal beauty of this humble masterpiece.
Flanders Fields’ also featured classic choral works relating to the
theme of this concert as well as poetry, organ solos and the talented Jason
Heise on trumpet.