north east scotland's festival of new music

Fredrik Sixten: RequiemWorld premiere of John Hearne's English translation of the Swedish text by Bengt Pohjanen

World premiere of John Hearne's English translation of the Swedish text by Bengt Pohjanen.

The Stonehaven Chorus and Aberdeen Sinfonietta, conductor John Hearne, give the UK premiere of Fredrik Sixten's Requiem, with texts by Bengt Pohjanen, and in fact the world premiere of the English translation by John Hearne.

Fredrik Sixten writes: When my dear friend Patrik Runeke became seriously ill and died - only 37 years old - feelings and thoughts concering life and death overwhelmed me. It was natural for me to turn to Bengt Pohjanen, with whom I had collaborated earlier, to ask him to formulate words of anger and of gratitude, words of guilt and of forgiveness, words of consolation, of love and hope. These words of Bengt's, in combination with the classical texts from the Latin Requiem Mass, form a kind of testament to mankind's yearning for unity and perfection. In the final movement, In Paradisum, this yearning is borne forth to the God whom Bengt describes as being: Wisdom deep and loving. Stronger than death.


  • Fredrik Sixten - Requiem
  • Johann Sebastian Bach - Magnificat, BWV.243


  • Wilma MacDougall (soprano)
  • Elysia Leech (mezzo-soprano)
  • Iain Milne (tenor)
  • Stewart Kempster (baritone)
  • Stonehaven Chorus
  • Aberdeen Sinfonietta
  • Bryan Dargie (leader)
  • John Hearne (conductor)

Sunday 24 May 2009, 8.00 pm

St James Episcopal Church, Arbuthnott St, Stonehaven

Tickets: £10, £8 conc., children £1