Cenotaph Requiem Concert


8oth Anniversary Commemoration of Belgium's Liberation

On September 12th, the world famous Grenadier Guards, recognised as the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards, are set to journey to Bruges, their birthplace, for the commemoration of Belgium's liberation in 1944, marking its 80th anniversary. The purpose is to pay tribute to the individuals who sacrificed their lives during World War I and II, keep the memory of these horrific events alive and to support a number of closely related charities.

For this important occasion, a Cenotaph Requiem Concert is scheduled at the Bruges Concert Hall on the evening of September 12th 2024. The work was written in 2018, to mark the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War, by BAFTA award winning composer, Simon Haw MBE. Simon is a highly experienced musician. He has worked as a composer, arranger, and conductor for 37 years.


More information about the Cenotaph Requiem

This musical performance will be performed by the Brussels Philharmonic in collaboration with the Band of the Grenadier Guards, the Flemish Radio Choir and Flanders Boys Choir. The conductor will be Ivan Meylemans.

The work uses a number of texts from the Latin Mass - Introit, Kyrie, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Pie Jesu, In Paradisum - to form an overarching Requiem structure, interspersed with five instrumental movements - Marne, Gallipoli, Jutland, Somme, Passchendaele - that provide a chronological narrative of the First World War.

The Latin and Instrumental movements derive their thematic material from 3 motives first presented in the Introit, thereby linking the poignant, descriptive instrumental elements that portray the most appalling and heartfelt conditions endured by soldiers, sailors and airmen during the war, with moments of quiet reflection, solitude and prayer, found within the Latin text. Cenotaph Requiem is intended as an epitaph to all who served in the First World War. But the enduring nature of warfare is constant, therefore in many ways, it should be regarded as a work for all time.


"The vocation of the artist is to link the past and its inherited cultures and beliefs with the changing demands of the present and future. Artists, instinctively religious, have always memorialised the past in the present by projecting it onto a possible and hopeful future. That is why art is so necessary for the wellbeing and health of the human soul. As you listen, and as you are able, I would encourage you to join with the choirs and pray the sacred words of The Requiem and in doing so pray for salvation, understanding and respect for the soul of humanity. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, And let perpetual light shine upon them."

Professor David Jasper

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Cenotaph Requiem Concert

12/09/2024 | 20:00 - 21:15 (no break)

Concertgebouw Brugge, t Zand 34, 8000 Brugge, Belgium

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The money raised at this occasion will go integrally to related good causes and charities which enhance the relations between the United Kingdom and Belgium. These include the Colonel’s Fund, the Royal Belgian Benevolent Society, Talbot House in Poperinge, Flanders Fields’ Memorial Garden in London, the Royal Archery Guild of Saint Sebastian and Shout at Cancer.

With the kind support of our sponsors

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