Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Titanic: Requiem a fitting memorial to 1,500 lost souls

The Titanic sank off Newfoundland on her maiden voyage to the United States after striking an iceberg
Some of the survivors of the Titanic disaster. 1912.
Pipes and the captain's bathtub are shown in this July 2003 photo, of what remains of the captain's cabin on the Titanic more than two miles underwater in the north Atlantic. Recent research dives to the legendary shipwreck are showing the vessel is deteriorating faster than earlier thought.

The men, women and children who perished in the Titanic maritime disaster will be remembered with a musical performance in Belfast on April 14.

A century after the ill-fated vessel hit an iceberg, the loss of more than 1,500 lives will be remembered at St Anne’s Cathedral via the ‘Requiem for the Lost Souls of the Titanic’ by Belfast-born composer Philip Hammond.

Tickets are now on sale for the requiem, which will feature over 200 performers and is part of the Titanic Festival of Creative Arts 2012 mini-festival.

Mr Hammond has lived most of his life in the shadow of the Belfast shipyard where the Titanic and its sister ships were built in the heyday of the industry during the early years of the twentieth century.

He has spent the last three years putting the Titanic requiem together, developing six choral movements with five musical meditations.

Mr Hammond told the Belfast Telegraph that the requiem is set to words from the original Latin Requiem Mass.

“This is the biggest thing I have ever done,” he said.

“It is a commemoration of loss of life and here will be a very personal approach to the night.

“It has to be handled very sensitively, because it is a memorial more than anything.”

The Dean of St Anne’s, the Rev John Mann, said that he was delighted that St Anne’s Cathedral was the chosen venue for such a prestigious event.

For more information visit www.titanicfestival.com

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