A world-premiere recording, intended as an epitaph to those served in the First World War, will released in time for Remembrance Day, with all the proceeds being donated to service charities.
Cenotaph Requiem was composed by Lieutenant Colonel Simon Haw MBE, Commanding Officer, Bands of the Household Division, in 2018, as a universal act of Remembrance and a reflection of service to the nation given by the armed forces.
The work includes a number of choral texts from the Requiem Mass – Introit, Kyrie, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Pie Jesu, In Paradisum – to form a Requiem structure, interspersed with five instrumental movements – Marne, Gallipoli, Jutland, Somme and Passchendaele – which provide a chronological narrative of the First World War.
Cenotaph Requiem was given its world-premiere performance on 1 November 2018 in the Guards’ Chapel at Wellington Barracks in London, performed to an invited audience by the Orchestra of the Household Division, Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir and Commonwealth Children’s Choir.
The recording will be available to buy on CD or to download from noon on 7 November 2020 at householddivision.org.uk/scm