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Tuesday, 26 June 2012, 6:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

The Grande Messe des Morts and the Absence of God

David Cairns

David Cairns delivers this lecture ahead of the City of London Festival performance of Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts Op. 5 (Requiem) by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Sir Colin Davis, which took place at St. Paul's Cathedral.

This is a part of the series of lectures held in partnership with the 2012 City of London Festival.
The other lectures include the following:
   City of London Festival Jubilee Lecture by Sir Andrew Motion
   The Lost World of 1962 by Dominic Sandbrook
   Human Livelihoods Depend on Wild Flowers: Kew's Millennium Seed Bank Explained
   by Dr Robin Probert
   Trading Places and Travelling - Musical Legacies of the Hanseatic League by Dr Geoffrey Webber

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David Cairns is a British journalist, non-fiction writer and musician. He is a leading authority on the life of Berlioz.
David Cairns' work in journalism has spanned a number of high profile newspapers and magazines. He was chief music critic of the Sunday Times from 1983 to 1992, having earlier been Music Critic and ArtsEditor of The Spectator. Other publications for which he has been a music critic include The Evening Standard, The Financial Times and The New Statesman.
He is best known for his monumental two-volume biography of Berlioz: "Berlioz: The Making of an Artist 1803-1832" and "Berlioz: Servitude and Greatness 1832-1869". The books won a number of major awards, including The Royal Philharmonic Society's Music award, The Yorkshire Post "Book of the Year" award, The British Academy's Derek Allen prize, The Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction and Biography of the year in the Whitbread Book Awards.

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26 June 2012

The Grande Messe des Morts and the Absence of God
David Cairns

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