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Requiem for the lost

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It may seem an unlikely theme for a piece of classical music, but Lurgan man Conor Mitchell was moved to compose a work in memory of The Disappeared. It was, as he says, the funeral march that so many of the 15 – taken and murdered, and then buried secretly – were denied.

Conor argues that classical music should be relevant, and he points to the praise his work gained from the families of The Disappeared.

In our Life cover feature today he reveals one family said they never thought his sort of music was for their sort of family. But music is about emotions and everyone experiences those, though they are seldom as bleak as those which have followed families of The Disappeared for decades.

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