Requiems for Remembrance

St John's Smith SquareSmith Square, London, London, Greater London, SW1P 3HA, United Kingdom
On Saturday 11 November 2017 at 19:00
Allami, Khyam New Work (world première)
Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897)Ein Deutsches Requiem - A German Requiem, Op.45
Royal Orchestral Society
The London Chorus
Khyam AllamiOud
Nika GoričSoprano
Gareth Brynmor JohnBaritone
Orlando JoplingConductor

The Royal Orchestral Society mark Remembrance Day with a performance of Brahms’ great choral masterpiece, with Kathleen Ferrier award winner Gareth Brynmor John and the outstanding young Slovenian soprano Nika Goric; both young artists to watch.

The orchestra also gives a thrilling world premiere - of a 21st century response to the Brahms by the young Syrian composer and oud player Khyam Allami. The work, featuring oud, harp and percussion in solo roles, is an inspiring and brave plea for peace, weaving influences from Iraqi and Syrian music with western traditions, in response to the events of the last decade especially in the middle east.

In the composer’s words, the work will be "A contemporary secular instrumental reflection for Oud and orchestra, mourning and honouring not only all of those who have died in the 21st century so far, but also the century itself. Based on Middle Eastern maqamat and inspired by Preisner, Pendercki, Part, Xenakis, Michael Gordon, David Lang and Hossein Ali Zadeh, I hope to provide a moment of beauty and hope."

This will be the first time a work for Oud and orchestra has been composed by a performer of the instrument itself. Khyam Allami

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