Requiem: An Act of Remembrance

Logo designed by Zoe Lewis, former student at East Coast College.

Requiem was a unique collaboration of music, art and spoken word performance commemorating the stories of people from Great Yarmouth during WW1.

308 young people from 15 schools performed the work alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra. A touring exhibition of the research and development process of these young people also launched on 27 June 2018*, followed by the project performance at Great Yarmouth’s iconic Hippodrome Circus Theatre. The project was also documented by film students from East Coast College and East Norfolk Sixth Form under the guidance of the BBC Voices team. 

Co-produced by Orchestras Live and led by Creative Collisions, Requiem: An Act of Remembrance was a multi-partnership project marking the centenary of World War I, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Norfolk Music Hub, and formed part of the IWM Centenary Partnership Programme.

Click the thumbnails below to view photos from some of the music, artwork and planning workshops.


About the collaborative new work

Composed by Sarah Freestone and performed by a 50-piece BBC Concert Orchestra, the movements of the Requiem will be interspersed by spoken word pieces, compositions and acted scenes created and performed by students from the participating schools. The movements have retained their original purpose (e.g. ‘Praise and Thanksgiving’, ‘Day of Wrath’), but have been made relevant to the local history of Great Yarmouth during WW1. The Agnus Dei movement, for example, commemorates the 1,472 Great Yarmouth servicemen who lost their lives with a drum theme with a total of 1,472 hits each representing a lost life. The piece ends with a collaborative ‘Anthem of Hope’ (Lux Aeterna) where the musicians will be joined by a massed-choir of 200 primary school students.

Watch this short video of a music workshop with composer Sarah Freestone and students from one of the participating schools.


Watch the short project film below:


Read more about the project

Requiem project update – September 2017 (Creative Collisions)
Requiem project update – November 2017 (Creative Collisions)
Requiem project update – January 2018 (Creative Collisions)


Requiem partners and funders: Heritage Lottery Fund, Norfolk Music Hub, Orchestras Live, BBC Concert Orchestra, Norfolk Museums, Norfolk Libraries, Norfolk Record Office, BBC Voices, Norwich Writers’ Centre, Historic England.

*The performance date for this project was rescheduled from 2 March 2018 due to adverse weather conditions.