Dies Irae

A masterpiece...an extraordinary piece of music...a beautiful, moving and stirring tribute...very moving...a great piece, great writing and really moving...a real triumph... an amazing work...It's a fantastic piece; I can't wait to hear it again...a wonderful and rare achievement...absolutely MAGNIFICENT!!!...I find it both deeply moving and rewarding to sing...I knew I was going to be taking part in a very special event, but could never have anticipated the depth of feeling the composition would evoke.

A cantata in 15 movements for soprano and baritone solos, 1-3 choirs and small orchestra. Particularly suitable for any type of remembrance-concert.

Dies Irae was commissioned jointly by Leatherhead Choral Society and Epsom Male Voice choir to form part of the Battle of The Somme centenary commemoration. The Latin title, taken from the Requiem Mass, can be translated as "Day Of Anger" - in other words, "Judgement Day".

The work can be performed by a single mixed-voice choir. Alternatively, for the full dramatic effect an upper-voice children's choir and/or a male-voice choir can be added.

Listen to an extract from the first performance.

Duration: 70 minutes.

First performed on November 26th 2016 at Dorking Halls with Leatherhead Choral Society, Epsom Male Voice Choir, Farnham Youth Junior Choir, Sarah Leonard (Soprano), Richard Bannan (baritone) and Camerata of London conducted by the composer.

A second performance took place in January 2018 at Epsom Colege, conducted by Paul Johnson-Hyde, with Natalie Johnson-Hyde and Richard Bannan taking the solos. Epsom College Choral Society was joined by children from Downsend School and Epsom Male Voice Choir.

There is lots more information on the Dies Irae website.

A children's score is available and a conductor's score and parts are available to hire. The Dies Irae website also includes a number of useful rehearsal resources, programme notes and other information.