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Fauré's Requiem

Insula orchestra/Laurence Equilbey

Laurence Equilbey conducting

Heaven and earth: Mat Collishaw’s mesmerising projections accompany sacred music by Fauré and Gounod, connecting these spiritual works to human experience and the natural world.

From its arresting opening bars to the sublime ‘In Paradisum’, Fauré’s Requiem is one of the most human of all sacred works, slowly shifting its gaze from earthly vulnerability to the hope of eternity. In his film Sky Burial, Mat Collishaw responds to this music with deeply moving images drawn from nature and from everyday life. Soaring birds and serene landscapes are juxtaposed with tableaux of loss and grief, offering a poignant but hopeful counterpoint to Fauré’s music.

The Insula Orchestra and Accentus chorus, conducted by Laurence Equilbey, bring their characteristic sensitivity to Fauré’s Requiem, and to Gounod’s once-lost oratorio Saint François d’Assise – the only recording of which was made by these musicians. A powerful and unique take on French sacred music that’s sure to linger in the memory.

Running time: 7:30-8:40pm (no interval)

Produced by the Barbican

‘A massively moving, profound experience, and a true melding of the heard and the seen.‘
Seen and Heard International

Digital programme

Still from Mat Collishaw's Sky Burial film, of a large river running through a forested landscape, with clouds swirling above

Fauré's Requiem

Sacred masterpieces are brought viscerally alive through the period-instrument timbres of Insula orchestra together with Mat Collishaw’s haunting projections juxtaposing images of nature and grief. Read our free digital programme to find out more.

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