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Friday 8 Mar 2019, 7.30pmSt Paul's Cathedral, London

John Nelson conductor

Michael Spyres tenor

Philharmonia Chorus

London Philharmonic Choir

Berlioz Requiem (Grande Messe des Morts)

PLEASE NOTE: This performance is sold out, and no returns are available on the door - it is available to stream in HD online on Mezzo: click here.

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John Nelson conducts Berlioz’s monumental Requiem, ‘Grande Messe des Mortes’, in the historic setting of St Paul’s Cathedral to mark 150 years – to the day – since the composer’s death.

The renowned American conductor and Berlioz expert leads a performance of over 300 musicians, featuring the Philharmonia Chorus and London Philharmonic Choir alongside the Philharmonia Orchestra, and with tenor soloist Michael Spyres.

Berlioz’s Requiem was written in 1830 for the French soldiers killed in war, and the composer treasured the work, declaring: “If I were threatened with the destruction of the whole of my works save one, I should crave mercy for the Messe des morts.”

St Paul's Cathedral enjoys the status of being London's most iconic building - and Berlioz himself attended a performance there during his second visit to London in 1851, in a performance with over 6500 children taking part. “It was the most amazing thing [...] I have never seen or heard anything as moving in its immense grandeur than this gathering of poor children singing, arranged in a colossal amphitheatre,” he wrote.

Presented by Wright Music Management, with the generous support of Ascanio’s Purse.



  • Prices: £40; £35; £30; £20; £10 (no view)
  • Running time: 90 minutes, no interval
  • Please note: This performances starts at 7.30pm, doors open at 6.30pm
  • The performance will be streamed live in HD on Mezzo - click here