The text of Blitz Requiem draws on Francis Warner’s childhood experiences during the Second World War. It uses the framework of the traditional Latin Mass, but renders the Requiem wholly in English as it speaks for the ‘ordinary, decent citizens’.
|'..easily holds its own in company with another war-themed requiem' (Classical Source)
'From the darkest days of the Blitz comes new music of sublime beauty by world-renowned organist David Goode.' (Mail on Sunday)
'Goode's Blitz Requiem owns the dramatic qualities, melodic eloquence and inventive richness required for repeat performances.' (Classical Music Magazine)
'This is a major work from an exciting composer.' (Church Times)
The first performance of Blitz Requiem was given in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, in September 2013, with the Bach Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by David Hill. The première was broadcast on Classic FM.
The score of Blitz Requiem is available to order from Colin Smythe Publishers.