Archbishop of Canterbury
Justin Welby Chooses the War Requiem by Benjamin Britten
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War Requiem by Benjamin Britten
The Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby chooses the War Requiem (Op.66) by Benjamin Britten, written for the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral, the original having been destroyed in the blitz of 1940. Presented by Mark Lawson.
From the Archive
Archive from the rehearsals for the first performance of Britten's War Requiem on 30 May 1962.
Ben Whishaw reads Wilfred Owen
Ben Whishaw reads Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen.
Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 17 Nov 2006
Benjamin Britten on the Requiem. Plus composer Michael Berkeley on Britten's harmonies.
German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau on singing in the first performance.
First broadcast in Front Row on 4 Apr 2000 on BBC Radio 4
The Archbishop of Canterbury reads Owen
Justin Welby reading an extract from Wilfred Owen's poem Be Slowly Lifted Up.
Britten and Britain
Biographer Paul Kildea argues that Britten is Britain's greatest composer.
The Bells of Coventry Cathedral
The bells of Coventry Cathedral, which survived the 1940 bombing.