BBC Press Release

BBC TWO to broadcast Mozart’s Requiem at poignant time of reflection, remembrance and hope

Saturday 14 November, 7pm, BBC Two

In what promises to be a poignant moment of remembrance, reflection and ultimately hope at a time of national crisis, BBC Two is to broadcast Mozart Requiem from English National Opera on Saturday 14 November at 7pm. It is presented by Danielle De Niese.

This broadcast continues the BBC’s commitment to supporting live music at a time of enormous challenge for venues and musicians, and to bringing great performances to wide audiences when attendance is prohibited due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Performed and recorded specially for a lockdown television audience at the London Coliseum, Mark Wigglesworth makes a welcome return to the podium to conduct the award-winning English National Opera (ENO) Chorus and Orchestra and a stellar line up of soloists: Elizabeth Llewellyn, Dame Sarah Connolly, Ed Lyon and Gerald Finley.

This much-anticipated performance of Mozart’s choral masterpiece was scheduled to take place in front of a live audience, but the recent lockdown restrictions in England have made that impossible and it will now be staged – following the Government safety measures  for the performers, crew and presenters and TV production teams – especially for this broadcast.

 Jan Younghusband, Head of Music Commissioning, said: “Mozart’s Requiem is music of tremendous compassion and power and we are delighted to support ENO in bringing it to a national audience on BBC Two at this time.”

Stuart Murphy, CEO, ENO, said: “We are so excited that BBC Two will be broadcasting Mozart’s Requiem from English National Opera to audiences up and down the country.  As we enter a second national lockdown, this year continues to be a very difficult time for arts institutions. ENO is determined to continue to make opera for everyone despite the current challenges, and the BBC’s support in enabling us to do this has been brilliant.”

Mozart Requiem from English National Opera was ordered by Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two, and commissioned by Jan Younghusband, Head of Music TV Commissioning and is managed and produced by Paul Bullock for BBC Studios Music and Entertainment Wales and English National Opera.

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ENO Press Release

ENO’s Requiem to be broadcast on national television

English National Opera (ENO) is delighted to announce that BBC Two is to broadcast Mozart’s Requiem from English National Opera on Saturday 14 November at 7pm. Presented by Danielle de Niese, it has been performed and recorded specially for a lockdown television audience at the London Coliseum, with strict safety measures in place for the performers, crew and presenter.  

Replacing Martyn Brabbins who unfortunately has had to withdraw from conducting, ENO are delighted to announce that Mark Wigglesworth will now be filling the role of Conductor.

Stuart Murphy, CEO, said: ‘We are grateful to the DCMS and Oliver Dowden for permitting ENO to perform this special concert of Mozart’s Requiem and delighted that BBC Two will enable music lovers across the country to experience it. We are thrilled to welcome Mark Wigglesworth back to the London Coliseum to conduct this brilliant piece of music and can’t wait to share it with audiences at home.’

Harry Brunjes, Chair, said: ‘We are so pleased to see Mark Wigglesworth return to the London Coliseum to conduct our award-winning ENO Chorus and Orchestra as we broadcast to the nation on BBC Two. Although disappointed that we will no longer be performing to a live audience, ENO cannot wait to share this musical moment with households around the country.’

Mark Wigglesworth, Conductor, said: ‘I am delighted to have the opportunity to make music again with the inspirational musicians of English National Opera, alongside a quartet of exceptional soloists. I am sincerely grateful to Annilese Miskimmon, Stuart Murphy, and Harry Brunjes for the privilege of helping the company respond to these extraordinary times with music of such compassion and courage.’

Jan Younghusband, Head of Music Commissioning, said: ‘Mozart’s Requiem is music of tremendous compassion and power and we are delighted to support ENO in bringing it to a national audience on BBC Two at this time.’