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Fauré’s Requiem

28 March 2024

This event takes place off site at Sydney Town Hall

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Classical Music

Hear John Peterson’s powerful Shadows and Light written after the events of September 11, 2001. Then it’s Samuel Barber’s cathartic Adagio for Strings and Fauré’s consoling and uplifting Requiem – a ‘lullaby of death’. 

Please note: this event is not held at the Sydney Opera House.

Fauré's Requiem

This concert embraces the energy and the healing power of choral singing. 

Fauré’s ethereal Requiem is paired with the rhythmic energy of John Peterson’s rhythmic Shadows and Light, a work inspired by both the texts of the requiem mass and the headlines of September 11, 2001. But the key to this program is not death but rest (requiem).

Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem stands apart from its more theatrical counterparts. Instead of fire-and-brimstone drama, it’s consoling and contemplative – a ‘lullaby of death’. Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings – long associated with mourning and tragedy – is the cathartic interlude in this profoundly moving concert.

Presented by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs


John PETERSON Shadows and Light
Samuel BARBER Adagio for Strings
Gabriel FAURÉ Requiem (1893 version edited by John Rutter)


Elizabeth Scott conductor
Chloe Lankshear soprano
Andrew Goodwin tenor
Andrew O’Connor bass-baritone
Chamber Singers 
Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra

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