A moving and intense work telling the story of the devastating tsunami in 2004.
As a conductor, it is always rewarding to work with choirs on music that they feel excited, moved and challenged by. The Tsunami Requiem, which tells the story of the devastating tsunami which hit Nagapattinam, a fishing village in Tamil Nadu, South India in 2004, does all of that with its contrasting moods, beautifully brought to life by the music. From the effervescent opening to the calm lilting of the lullaby, from the stirring, dissonant Dies Irae to the final moving lament. The very emotive subject matter is brought home to the singers and audience in a real and accessible way.
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|Orchestration||French horn, 4 trumpets, 2 tenor trombones, 1 bass trombone, Tuba, Timpani and percussion (2 players), Organ|
Written for SATB choir, children's choir, brass, organ and percussion, this work is immensely powerful when performed in its entirety, however, it is also very flexible. Any of the four choral movements can be performed as stand alone pieces, with or without brass, equally at home in a small parish church or a large concert hall.
The work received with a standing ovation when performed at the Royal Festival Hall in 2008 and both singers and audiences were visibly moved by the music.