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Song of the Prophets: A Requiem for the Climate

Join us online - Wednesday 9 June at 7pm

The world premiere of Song of the Prophets: a Requiem of the Climate will be streamed here on 9 June.

We're looking forward to sharing this piece with you, with further climate justice resources available here. 

Song of the Prophets - Digital Premiere

Join us for a free event to witness the debut performance by Chineke! Orchestra, of new orchestral work Song of the Prophets: A Requiem for the Climate, as well as an address from Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, and a panel discussion with climate campaigners.

Date 9 June 2021
Time 7pm


Digital programme

Download the programme for this digital premiere, including reflections and more information about the music, the composers and the orchestra.

We are delighted to be able to make this freely available, but if you enjoyed it and would like to give to Christian Aid’s work fighting poverty, and stand in solidarity with the world’s poorest communities, including those on the frontline of the climate crisis, you can make a donation here.

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About the piece

The 12-minute piece is split into four movements – Creation, Ruin, Recovery and Redemption – each composed by a different Black British composer: Shirley Thompson OBE, Roderick Williams OBE, Daniel Kidane and Ayanna Witter-Johnson.

The performance will include interludes from three musicians playing instruments from countries that are among those suffering most in the climate crisis.

Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno will play the nyatiti – an instrument played in Kenya, Renu Hossain will play instruments native to Bangladesh, and Richard Olatunde Baker will play the talking drum, native to west African countries including Nigeria.

The music is inspired by Song of the Prophets: a global theology of climate change, a paper which was released by Christian Aid in 2014 and which we re-published in May 2020.

The programme

The online event, held in partnership with St Paul’s Institute, will include a welcome from Dr Paula Gooder, chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, and Amanda Mukwashi, as well as an address by Rowan Williams and messages from climate activists around the world.