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A German Requiem – Cambridge Philharmonic Chorus performs Brahms Requiem

Join the Cambridge Philharmonic Chorus, accompanied by Harry Sever and Tom Primrose on piano for an intimate and uplifting performance of ‘Brahms Requiem’, accompanied by piano and sung in German, at Downing Place United Reformed Church, Cambridge.

  • 30th April 2023 - 30th April 2023
  • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Conductor / Pianists: Harry Sever, Tom Primrose
Soprano: Rowan Pierce Baritone: James Geidt
Venue: Downing Place URC, Cambridge

Preceding the requiem we have a very special performance ‘Improvisations on Iranian folk themes’ performed by Kamancheh virtuoso and composer Rouzbeh Parsa, accompanied on piano by Harry Server.

Tickets – £15/20 Non-reserved, no concessions. Please note that tickets are purchased on a non-refundable basis.
Web link for venue travel directions: HERE

Access: The building is fully accessible to wheelchair users, with lifts, ramps and accessible toilet facilities. If you require a free carer’s ticket or have additional access requirements, please get in touch tickets@cam-phil.org.uk

Note: Tickets will be available online until Midnight 29th April. Following this any remaining tickets will be available ‘on the door’ – cash or card. Email tickets@cam-phil.org.uk

Brahms was an accomplished pianist, whose output for the piano spanned his entire life. In addition to his solo works, he made four-hand piano arrangements of many of his orchestral, chamber and vocal scores, to give them greater accessibility. Brahms prepared an alternative version of the full seven-movement Requiem to be accompanied by two pianos (instead of a full orchestra), the arrangement performed at this concert.

Brahms began writing the work in 1865, just after the tragic loss of his mother, and this piece became an intensely personal, emotional reflection on grief and redemption. In fact, Brahms claimed he could have easily used a different title and named it his ‘Human Requiem’. The piece avoids the Requiem’s usual terrifying images of hellfire and judgement and instead focuses on comforting those left behind.

Often praised for a high level of craftsmanship displayed in the work, we aim to demonstrate the tremendous intimacy and detail in Brahms’s score, allowing the music’s counterpoint — such a hallmark of Brahms’s music — to be revealed clearly and intricately. It brings the intensity of the work’s deeply human message into full focus, and we hope you will join us to experience this.


  • Accessibility Guide
  • Cloakroom facilities
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for Disabled Guests
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • WI-FI

Accessibility Facilities

  • Accessibility Guide
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Wheel chair accessible

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Legendary rock band Pink Floyd has its roots in Cambridge, with members Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and David Gilmour born and raised in the city.