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Malcolm Rowat Memorial Concert at Southwark Cathedral


Please join us for this special free concert of the Duruflé Requiem with Dame Sarah Connolly, Marcus Farnsworth, Lionel Sow, LSC and LSO

Malcolm Rowat Memorial Concert

The London Symphony Chorus invite you to join them for this special concert of the Duruflé Requiem, from 7pm - 8.15pm on 2nd July 2022 in the glorious setting of Southwark Cathedral.

This free concert is the generous gift of the late Malcolm Rowat, a Canadian diplomat with the World Bank, and a bon vivant with interests in the arts, food and wine. He was a member of both the London Symphony Chorus, and the Chorus of the Orchestra de Paris. Malcolm studied and wrote about the music of Richard Strauss, and the programme will include the Prelude to Capriccio.

The soloists are Dame Sarah Connolly and Marcus Farnsworth, and the concert will be conducted by Lionel Sow, distinguished new Chef de choeur – Radio France, and recent Chef de choeur – L’Orchestra de Paris.

The performance of the Duruflé Requiem will be in the version for soloists, chorus, orchestra and organ. Composed in 1947 and revised in 1961 it uses Gregorian chant and is an unquestionable masterpiece that reaches the heart with its purity and grace. Maurice Duruflé was the greatest organist of his day, an outstanding teacher at the Paris Conservatory, and helped to restore the popularity of Gregorian chant.

The prelude to Capriccio is scored for a sextet. This final opera by Richard Strauss is subtitled "A conversation Piece for Music", about which is the greater art, poetry or music, and is a fitting introduction to a concert in memory of Malcolm who enjoyed and wrote about art in all its forms.

The London Symphony Chorus was formed in 1966 to complement the work of the London Symphony Orchestra and is renowned internationally for its concerts and recordings with the orchestra. It is an independent charity run by its members, and is committed to excellence, diversity equity and inclusion, the development of its members, engaging in the musical life of London, and commissioning and performing new works. Please see:

The Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Saviour and St Mary Overie stands at the oldest crossing-point of the River Thames at what was for many centuries the only entrance to the City of London across the river. Re-founded as a priory in 1106, and developed by many of the Bishops of Winchester, it was a parish church throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, but was much too large and became Southwark Cathedral in 1905. Please see:


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