Millfield Choir premier Somerset composer’s Requiem at Wells Cathedral

Millfield Choir premier Somerset composer’s Requiem at Wells Cathedral

Seventy Millfield singers and British composer Helen Ostafew will join forces for a choral concert at the historic Wells Cathedral on Tuesday 19 March. 

The concert which will feature the Millfield Community Choir will be the Wells premiere of Helen Ostafew’s ‘Requiem for Humanity’ which weaves together perspectives on life and death from Buddhism, Daoism, Judaism, and the Latin mass. It also incorporates inspirational quotes from Gandhi and poems by Yates and W. H. Auden. 

The concert programme will include Benjamin Britten's ‘Rejoice in the Lamb’; performed by Millfield’s chamber choir Camerata, Wolfgang A. Mozart's ‘Ave Verum Corpus’; performed by Millfield Community Choir, and Malcolm Arnold’s ‘Little Suite No. 2’; performed by the Millfield Orchestra, promising an evening of musical diversity and cultural richness. 

Helen Ostafew is a composer from Somerset whose illustrious career as a composer, singer, pianist, and conductor shines through her diverse works. Her compositions, including the acclaimed ‘Requiem for Humanity’, have been celebrated on international stages. 

Millfield Director of Music, Kirsty Barry said, “We’re excited to be working with a living and local composer on such a fresh and interesting interpretation of the traditional Requiem. Our performance of Helen Ostafew’s Requiem for Humanity feels important, relevant and meaningful in our world today. We are also delighted that the Helen will be with us at the concert.” 

The event is open to the public and is free of charge. Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite, offering unallocated seating. Visit and search Millfield School. There will be a retiring collection for charity. 

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