Gregorian chant blends with the sumptuous sound-world of 20th-Century France in a programme of music by Martin, Poulenc, and Duruflé's much-loved Requiem.

Duruflé’s Requiem was based on the mass of the dead, and dedicated to the memory of his father. The subtle rhythms and fluid lines of Gregorian chant permeate the whole work, personalised by the colours, harmonies, and rhythms of a deeply religious 20th-century musician. Representing the ideas of peace, faith and hope, there is always a sense of movement, of continuing for eternity. The result is a profoundly beautiful, emotionally shattering and wonderfully atmospheric piece that never fails to make an impact.

Complimenting this are Poulenc’s powerful winter lamentation Un soir de neige, and deeply personal Litanies à la Vierge Noire, and the ‘Agnus Dei’ from Martin’s shimmering Mass for Double Choir.


  • Martin

    Cantate pour le 1er Août

  • Poulenc

    Un soir de neige

  • Duruflé

    Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens

  • Poulenc

    Litanies à la Vierge Noire

  • Martin

    ‘Agnus Dei’ from Mass for Double Choir

  • Duruflé



  • The Sixteen
  • Harry Christophers conductor
  • Nancy Cole mezzo-soprano
  • Simon Grant baritone
  • Robert Quinney organ

Venue details

St Martin-in-the-Fields

St Martin-in-the-Fields Trafalgar Square London WC2N 4JH

Box Office: 020 7766 1100

St Martin-in-the-Fields is an architectural jewel sitting at the corner of one of the world’s most famous squares.

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