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Wartime Requiem hits poignant note.

A REQUIEM created to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War is to have its Aberdeen premiere.

The poignant piece by Aberdeen University professor and royal composer Paul Mealor will be performed at St Machar's cathedral this weekend, conducted by Prof Mealor himself.

it was first performed in edinburgh last year by the National Youth choir of Scotland and the Royal Scottish National orchestra and broadcast live on classic FM.

The St Machar's performance will be an opportunity for people in the city to hear the 40-minute piece Requiem: The Souls of The Righteous.

it will be performed by Aberdeen's con Anima chamber choir and orchestra, and will also feature soloist Jillian Bain christie and premieres by composers Thomas LAVOY and Mike Merrill.

Prof Mealor said: "it is wonderful to be able to bring my first Requiem to the city in which i live and work.

"St Machar's cathedral is an exceptional venue and its acoustic properties are second to none. i hope people will enjoy sharing in this reflection of peace."

Requiem: The Souls of The Righteous took Prof Mealor more than two years to create, working alongside poet Dr Grahame Davies.

Davies, who has a successful track record in writing for distinguished composers, provided the words and Prof Mealor set them to music.

Prof Mealor said: "Not only is this one of the longest pieces i have ever written, but i was also acutely aware of the need to create something that not only commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War, but that is reflective and considers how people today think about conflict.

"Those who fought in the war undoubtedly experienced horror and pain, but through their letters, it is clear that they still managed to find friendship and humanity and i felt it was important to have something pertinent and special to reflect this."

The performance begins at 7.30pm on Saturday.

Tickets are PS12 and can be purchased from aberdeenperformingarts.com

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Inset, the Duchess of Rothesay meets composer Professor Paul Mealor, above, after the recital in Edinburgh

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