Marching to the Requiem: the impact of the World Wars

Saturday November 22nd, 3.00 pm. Admission free, places limited: book at

Three absorbing and relevant lectures about the impact of the World Wars will take place in Marsh’s Library ahead of the performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem by the combined forces of the Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, RIAM Chamber Players, RIAM Chorale, Dublin Bach Singers, Boys of the Palestrina Choir and singers Lynda Lee (soprano), John Elwes (tenor) and Gavan Ring (baritone) in St Patrick’s Cathedral on November 22nd. The lectures will be delivered by three distinguished individuals: Kevin Myers, journalist and writer, who, since the late 1970s, has written extensively at home and abroad in an effort to restore to public consciousness a memory of the Irish sacrifice in two world wars. The second is Gerald Dawe, Professor of English and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin who is also founder-director of the Oscar Wilde Centre at Trinity College. He has published eight collections of poetry and four volumes of poetry, and will speak on war poetry: Finally, Martin Adams, Associate Professor of Music at Trinity College Dublin, will analyse and comment on the War Requiem, widely regarded as one of Britten’s greatest works.

Britten’s profound and arresting masterpiece has inspired audiences the world over since its first performance in 1962. Juxtaposing texts from the Latin Requiem Mass and Wilfred Owen’s deeply moving World War poems. It was commissioned to celebrate the re-consecration of Coventry Cathedral which was destroyed during the Battle of Britain in World War II. On this occasion it is conducted by James Cavanagh.

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