Choral Music Concert Filharmonia Narodowa

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Choral Music Concert
Bartosz Michałowski, photo: Weronika Kosińska

The requiem is an exceptional musical genre, almost every example of which is linked to the mourning of a particular individual or collectivity. Initially the name requiem meant a setting of the texts of the funeral mass, strictly defined by liturgical books. Over time, the genre became more independent, thanks to composers who chose the words of the cycle with increasing freedom. For many years, the reason behind the composing of the moving Requiem by Herbert Howells, one of the leading representatives of twentieth-century English choral music, was believed to have been the painful loss of his son. However, archive research has shown that this composition was written a few years earlier. Only later did the work acquire an overwhelmingly personal significance for the composer, who waited almost 40 years before publishing it. Howells’s Requiem will be performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, conducted by its director, Bartosz Michałowski, in an exceptional concert of sacred choral music from different parts of twentieth-century Europe related largely to the theme of passing. The programme will conclude with the Missa brevis by the Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström, who died a few years ago and would have turned 80 this year.

Bartłomiej Gembicki



Aleksandra Pawluczuk

Graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music – Department of Instrumental and Pedagogy, Artistic Education and Vocal Studies in Białystok, completing a degree in Instrumental Studies in the class of flute supervised by Krystyna Gołaszewska and Vocal Studies in the class of solo singing headed by Cezary Szyfman and Olga Pasiecznik. Both degrees with honours. She participated in numerous music courses perfecting her skill in playing the flute and singing.

As recipient of scholarship from Russian Federation’s Ministry of Culture, the artist took part in International “Orthodox Music Festival” in Saint Petersburg. Aleksandra Pawluczuk regularly collaborates with Ensemble QuattroVoce, Diletto and Il Tempo. With Enseble QuattroVoce she recorded CDs with Othodox Church music by Maksym Berezovsky (Liturgy of Communion Verses, the sacred works of the 18th century) as well as Eastern Slavic and Latin carols (Orthodox Christmas – Oh! What a Wonder!, Dominus natus est and In Natali Domini).

In 2017, Aleksandra Pawluczuk was awarded with honourable mention at the 14th National Moniuszko Competition “The Aria and and the Song of Evening” in Białystok. In 2019, she performed Volpino in Joseph Haydn’s Lo speziale. Since 2021, she has been professionally engaged with the Warsw Philharmonic Choir.