Acclaimed musician and composer Harvey Brough participates in Business in the Community’s ‘Give and Gain Day’ with a performance of Requiem in Blue.

9th July 2010, 7pm
East Wintergarden
Bank Street
Canary Wharf, London E14 5NX

Brough performs and directs the piece on 9th July 2010 at 7pm at the spectacular East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf, London.

The event forms an integral part of Business in the Community’s Give and Gain Day 2010 and features massed choirs from companies in Canary Wharf and the City of London, together with children from Hackney Schools and Harvey Brough’s band with soloists Clara Sanabras, Caitriona O’Leary, Mike Outram, James Pearson, Andy Hamill and Roy Dodds. As part of Give & Gain Day, employee volunteers take part in a series of singing and choral workshops during the day.

‘Requiem in Blue’ was written in 1998 as a highly personal response to the untimely death several years earlier of Brough’s older brother, Lester. It was commissioned by East England Arts and premiered that same year. It has since enjoyed over 30 public performances. ‘Requiem in Blue’ is based on the traditional Latin mass and incorporates folksong, blues, jazz, gospel and improvised elements. The final movement, ‘Lux Aeterna’, features words from the inspirational play ‘Spoonface Steinberg’, written by Lee Hall. The work is scored for small ensemble (percussion, bass, keyboards, chamber organ, theorbo, Celtic harp & flugelhorn) with 3 vocal soloists, SATB choir and children’s choir.

Hailed as one of the UK’s most accomplished and diverse musicians, Harvey Brough’s career has covered an extraordinary range of musical styles including early music, classical, pop, soul and jazz. Brough founded the famous 1980s pop group ‘Harvey and the Wallbangers’. He started his musical life aged 6 as a choirboy at Coventry Cathedral. Then, aged 17, he studied oboe with Lady Barbirolli at the Royal Academy of Music followed by a scholarship to Clare College Cambridge. For the past thirty years, Brough has worked professionally in music as a performer, arranger, conductor, producer and composer, moving easily between the worlds of theatre, film, TV and radio.

The East Wintergarden event announces the release of the long awaited CD of Requiem in Blue. The CD is available from 21st June 2010 at all good record stores on Smudged Discs, catalogue number SMU 603.

Tickets will be sold at the door at £10.00 (£5.00 concessions). Proceeds from the event will go to Children and the Arts (

Editors’ notes:

What the critics say:

“Brough’s ambitious project was a moving affair…the collective exuberance brought a big inner smile”     The Guardian

“An extraordinary blend of the old and the strikingly new…entirely mould-breaking…jazz, early music and choral idioms all unified to truly moving effect”         Classical Music Magazine

Business in the Community
Business in the Community (BITC) mobilises business for good. Our members commit to take action on the key issues of today, be they people or planet, and create a unique platform for collaborative action.

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Give & Gain Day 2010

Give & Gain Day is the only national day of action for employee volunteers, organised by Business in the Community. Give & Gain Day is taking place on 9 July 2010.

Give & Gain Day 2010 is sponsored nationally by Eversheds LLP.

Give & Gain Day 2010 aims to get more than 6,000 employee volunteers helping over 75,000 people in communities across the UK.

The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts is an educational charity committed to helping children experience the arts in a high quality and sustained way.

About the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf

The East Wintergarden is Canary Wharf’s premier events venue in the heart of the famous business and shopping district. Opened in 2003, the modern and stylish venue designed by Cesar Pelli and based on the Wintergarden in New York is instantly recognisable due to its arched glass atrium which measures 27m at the highest point. The venue boasts 682 sq meters of coloured marble floor and steamed beech wood panelling and accommodates 500 for banqueting and 800-1000 for receptions.

East Wintergarden is owned by Canary Wharf Group plc, an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.