On Sunday the 11th November, I conducted Britten’s War Requiem for the first time. It was a humbling experience to be given the opportunity to conduct this magnificent piece on Armistice Day. Performers were drawn from the Huddersfield Philharmonic, Huddersfield Choral Society, NEW Sinfonia and Huddersfield Youth Choir. We were lucky to have three amazing soloists Rachel Nicholls, Joshua Ellicott and Matthew Brook.
The bass trombonist in the Huddersfield Phil is called Frank Mathison. He played in the world premiere of this piece, in what was his last concert with the CBSO, before taking up the bass trombone position with the LSO in London. It felt special for all involved to have someone who was there when Britten heard it for the first time.