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John Joubert (1944O)

An English Requiem composed by Joubert is the feature piece of the BBC Radio 3 Concert on Monday 23rd March at 2pm (UK)

John Joubert
John Joubert
Time was that suggesting that ODs pause on a workday afternoon to listen to the radio would have been a ludicrous idea, given the helter-skelter and highly pressurised working lives we all live. And in anycase, who actually listens to the radio anymore?

But time was isn't time is and next week many of us will find ourselves at home, quarantined, self-isolated or sheltered. And it may just be that on Monday we will have the opportunity - or perhaps even the  need - to tune into BBC Radio 3's  Afternoon Concert  to listen to An English Requiem by John Joubert (O, 1944).

Without doubt, John was the most talented, influential and successful composer to come out of Bishops. When he died last year, his passing was marked in Britain and around the world by many hundreds of performances of his works, recognising and celebrating his immeasurable contribution to both British and international contemporary classical music and musicians.

If you'd like to immerse yourself in some of the most sublime choral music composed this century, then this Monday 23rd, make the time to tune into BBC R3 at 2.00pm for a programme which includes John's Requiem and Elgar's beautiful cello concerto.

Anna, John's daughter, wrote me to me saying, "I hope the message of hope and solace within the piece might be helpful at this very challenging and worrying time". 

A review of the Requiem can be read HERE.

And, I am sure you will be extraordinarily proud of one of ours, a boy and man who always loved Bishops where his musical foundations were laid and nurtured by Doc. Brown (the School's Director of Music from 1934 to 1965), and who achieved so much, but who, aside from his carol Torches, is so little known to (if known at all) and celebrated by present boys and ODs.


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