About Venables: Requiem

Credit: Tuča Bianca


Ben Cooper narrator
Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir
Philharmonia Orchestra
Adrian Partington conductor


Cecilia McDowall Shipping Forecast 13'
Stanford arr. Jeremy Dibble Sonata for String Orchestra 36' premiere
Ian Venables Requiem 35'

Ian Venables’ Requiem is entrancing and mysterious, full of melodies which bring the feelings behind the words to life. It was written to comfort the living as well as remember the dead, and this shines through the music, which has timeless echoes of Howells and Vaughan Williams. The Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir also sings Cecilia McDowall’s Shipping Forecast, a work reflecting the majesty and force of the sea in its setting of poetry and psalm, particularly poignant as the shipping forecast celebrates 100 years since its first broadcast. In Stanford’s anniversary year, the Sonata for String Orchestra is Jeremy Dibble’s new arrangement of five movements from Stanford’s string quartets.

Supported by the Chair’s Circle

Performance of Ian Venables’ Requiem supported by Joanna Brickell

Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir supported by Fr Michael Thomas