BBC Proms: Britten – War Requiem (Prom 72)

Thu 6 Sep 2018, 7.00PM
Royal Albert Hall, London

Britten War Requiem

Peter Oundjian Conductor
Erin Wall Soprano
Allan Clayton Tenor
Russell Braun Baritone
Huddersfield Choral Society   RSNO Chorus   RSNO Junior Chorus  

We bid a fond farewell to Peter Oundjian as he marks his final performance as Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with a performance of Britten's War Requiem at the BBC Proms in London.

A powerful statement of the composer’s pacifist beliefs – composed in the shadow of the Second World War, but harking back to the carnage of the First via the war poetry of Wilfred Owen – Britten’s War Requiem today remains one of the most devastating artistic responses to conflict: a work that mourns but also rages against the senseless violence and destruction of war.

Peter and the Orchestra will be joined by the RSNO Chorus, RSNO Junior Chorus and the Huddersfield Choral Society, and soloists Erin Wall, Allan Clayton and Russell Braun for this performance marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.

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Peter Oundjian

Peter Oundjian Conductor

British-Canadian conductor Peter Oundjian embarks on his final Season as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Music Director, a post he has held since 2012. During that time, Oundjian and the RSNO undertook a two-Season celebration to mark the Orchestra’s 125th anniversary; an artistically and critically successful first tour of China; a return to the United States, the first in thirty-five years; and a five-concert visit to Spain. He has conducted the RSNO at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival, including recording the soundtrack for The Harmonium Project which opened the EIF in 2015.

Oundjian has been recognised for his probing musicality, collaborative spirit and engaging personality. Peter continues to champion a broad range of music, including the Romantic repertoire as well as large-scale choral masterpieces and the works of 20th-century American composers. “Oundjian and the RSNO… gave the most searchingly-emotional performance I have ever heard from this team. I was overwhelmed.” The Herald

Erin  Wall

Erin Wall Soprano

With an extensive repertoire spanning three centuries, Canadian soprano Erin Wall works with many of the world's leading conductors on opera and concert stages alike and is in great demand around the globe thanks to an innate musicality and vocal versatility.

Recent seasons have featured a series of critically-acclaimed debuts including Vanessa, Arabella and Daphne for Santa Fe Opera, Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at The Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala and Los Angeles Opera, Clémence (L’amour de loin) and Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro) at Canadian Opera Company, Desdemona (Otello) for Vancouver Opera, and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at The Metropolitan Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper and San Francisco Opera. Other key appearances have included Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Antonia (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) and Konstanze (Die Entführung auf dem Serail) at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Most recently she has met with unparalleled acclaim as Massenet’s Thaïs, which she performed in concert version under Sir Andrew Davis at both the Edinburgh International Festival and with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and for her first Ellen Orford in concert performances of Peter Grimes under Edward Gardner with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

Allan  Clayton

Allan Clayton Tenor

Allan Clayton is established as one of the most exciting and sought after singers of his generation. He studied at St John’s College, Cambridge and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. An Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and former BBC New Generation Artist from 2007-2009, his awards include “The Queen’s Commendation for Excellence” and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.

Allan garnered huge praise as the lead role in Brett Dean’s Hamlet, which had its world premiere at Glyndebourne in June 2017. During 2017, Allan also sang the role of David in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. At the beginning of the 17/18 season he will sing Lensky in Eugene Onegin for his debut at Frankfurt Opera, and Ferdinand in Miranda for Opera Comique. Allan returns to Komische Opera Berlin in 2018 for Handel’s Semele, and also returns to Glyndebourne for Handel’s Saul.

Winner of the 2018 Whatsonstage Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera

Russell  Braun

Russell Braun Baritone

Canadian baritone Russell Braun has excelled on international stages in concert, opera and recital. He has made appearances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, the Lyric Opera in Chicago, the Los Angeles Opera, La Scala, Salzburg and Glyndebourne Festivals with his powerful voice and commanding presence in roles such as Billy Budd, Prince Andrei, Figaro, Papageno, Count Almaviva, Don Giovanni, Pelléas and Eugene Onegin.

 Huddersfield Choral Society

Huddersfield Choral Society  

Founded in 1836, the Huddersfield Choral Society has developed an international reputation as one of the UK's leading choral societies. Their Junior Choirs were formed in 1986. The Society's busy schedule is centred on its own subscription concert season in Huddersfield Town Hall, including its annual performances of Messiah. The choir also performs in other major concert venues in the UK and abroad, it regularly broadcasts for BBC radio and television, and has a long history of pioneering recordings.

The Huddersfield Choral Society's professional colleagues are Music Director, Martyn Brabbins and Choral Director, Gregory Batsleer. Rehearsal accompanist is Daniel Gordon and deputy accompanist Malcolm Hinchliffe.

 RSNO Chorus

RSNO Chorus  

The RSNO Chorus performs in around six different programmes in up to twenty concerts across Scotland with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra each year. The RSNO Chorus has also had great success in recording with the Orchestra. Its recordings, amongst others, of Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, conducted by Neeme J?rvi, and Holst’s The Planets, conducted by David Lloyd-Jones, have both been subject to high critical acclaim. In addition to its commitment to the Orchestra, the RSNO Chorus performs independently and has been invited to perform with orchestras in many different parts of the world, establishing an international status for the choir. The RSNO Chorus has toured in Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Israel, Germany, Belfast, Australia, Trondheim and most recently, Amsterdam. The RSNO Chorus evolved from a choir formed in 1843 to sing the first full performance of Handel’s Messiah in Scotland. Today, the RSNO Chorus is one of the most successful choruses in the UK. In recent years, the Chorus has performed practically every work in the standard choral repertoire along with contemporary works by renowned composers, including John Adams, Magnus Lindberg, Howard Shore and James MacMillan. The RSNO Chorus is directed by Gregory Batsleer, one of the UK’s most dynamic and in demand choral conductors and chorus masters. Gregory recently received The Arts Foundation Award 2015 for Choral Conducting.

 RSNO Junior Chorus

RSNO Junior Chorus  

The RSNO Junior Chorus is one of the leading children and youth choirs in the UK, with over 400 members aged seven to eighteen. It was formed in 1978 by Jean Kidd and since 1994 has been directed by Christopher Bell. It has built up a considerable reputation singing under some of the world’s most distinguished conductors and appearing on radio and television. RSNO Junior Chorus members sing regularly with Scotland’s national orchestra in major concert halls and festivals throughout the country. The Junior Chorus has also sung at BBC concerts and regularly appears at the Edinburgh International Festival.