St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast Photo by: Google Images

Philip Hammond's 'Requiem for the Lost Souls of the Titanic' celebrated in Belfast - VIDEO


St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast Photo by: Google Images

St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast will host one of the more intimate and reflective commemorative events marking the centenary of the Titanic’s sinking as part of the Titanic Creative Arts festival. On Saturday 14th April Belfast native and celebrated composer, Philip Hammond will unveil his ambitious work which has been developed over a 3 year period. Speaking recently about the requiem Philip asserted that it is not simply a Titanic requiem, but a requiem for the lost souls of the tragedy. The requiem in particular will reflect and pay homage to the musicians on board the liner who stayed with the ship to the very end, losing their own lives in the process.

The composition is a truly international piece with Philip finding inspiration from places far and wide including Portland, Oregon and Croatia – from bells to the sounds of animals. In addition Philips own links to the Harland and Wolff Shipyard as an East Belfast man also provided inspiration for the requiem and in fact Philip recalls that his own father was 10 years old when the Titanic set sail from Belfast in 1912.

5 choirs will be involved on the night, including Belfast Philharmonic, St Peter’s Boys Choir and the world-renowned Anuna. The layout of the seating within the Cathedral will be re-oriented to give the impression of being on-board a ship with choirs located at either end. Philip admits that co-ordination will be hugely difficult but with the help of CCTV each of the conductors will be in sync throughout the event.

Limited tickets for the Requiem are currently available from the Belfast Welcome Centre. If you are unable to attend on the Saturday night, the Requiem will be recreated for Sunday morning Mass in St Peter’s Cathedral.

For more information log on to NI2012 blog here

Here's an interview with the composer:


Log in with your social accounts:

Or, log in with your IrishCentral account:

Forgot your password ?

Don't have an account yet? Register now !

Join IrishCentral with your social accounts:

Already have an account ?

For Newsletter Subscribers – Draw for 1 Prize on December 31st.

Prize: Your Piece of Ireland – a Square of Land in the heart of the Glens of Antrim, Ireland

More details here (or you can buy a little piece of Ireland directly): http://bit.ly/1zew9ox

Terms & Conditions

Or, sign up for an IrishCentral account below:

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Make sure we gathered the correct information from you

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

You already have an account on IrishCentral! Please confirm you're the owner.

Our new policy requires our users to save a first and last name. Please update your account: