Benjamin Britten's War Requiem conducted by Marin Alsop

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To commemorate 100 years since World War One in Nov 2014, Southbank Centre staged a special performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem featuring hundreds of young performers

Benjamin Britten's War Requiem | Watch full concert in HD, conducted by Marin Alsop

With a large number of young performers taking part, 8 students from Lilian Baylis School Technology school went on journey to uncover this masterpiece, find out why Britten wrote it and explore the themes of this piece through 3 chapters: War, Words and Music. Use their videos (see below) and this PDF with key facts and suggested exercises to create your own journey exploring this masterpiece.

Uncovering Classics is a Southbank Centre series which puts participants in the driving seat of exploring great cultural works of art, be they music, dance, visual arts or multi disciplinary. Through their exploration of the work, participants work with artists at Southbank Centre to create resources which are then available to you and your school online.