With many centenary celebrations for the Great War being held during 2015, it was only fitting that the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra had Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem on its programme for this year. This work was inspired by the First World War poet Wilfred Owen, and is paired with the Elegy – In Memoriam Rupert Brooke. Written by the Australian composer F.S.Kelly who was stationed in Gallipoli, the elegy makes for a stirring memorial to one of the defining conflicts of the twentieth century.


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