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Review: Requiem “never-to-be-forgotten” experience

Elizabeth Bouman, Otago Daily Times

The Dunedin Town Hall was an acoustically ideal venue for yesterday's performance of Requiem For The Fallen - a profound musical commemoration of World War 1, which claimed the lives of more than 18,000 New Zealanders.

This uniquely New Zealand requiem by composer Ross Harris and poet Vincent O'Sullivan, with Maori instrumental input from Horomona Horo, was performed by New Zealand String Quartet, Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and tenor soloist Richard Greager, conducted by Karen Grylls and directed by Jonathan Alver.

Before the requiem, several short works by both the choir and quartet prepared an ambience and atmosphere receptive to the totally thought-provoking yet emotionally uplifting experience to follow.

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