Each of the conferences associated with Remembering for the Future has included a concert entitled ‘The Holocaust — A Commemoration in Music’ intended to reflect, in musical terms, the concerns and subject matter of the conferences. The first concert in 1988, in the formal setting of the Royal Opera House in London, played to a capacity audience of survivors, delegates, members of the diplomatic corps (seventeen countries were represented) and distinguished personalities. Special amongst these was Berthold Goldschmidt, then aged 90, the wartime refugee from Germany whose compositions were at last gaining recognition. The theme of the programme was death and bereavement and the concert was a memorial in the purest sense, consisting of Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony, Opus 135, which the Russian composer had dedicated to Benjamin Britten (Britten had accompanied Yehudi Menuhin on the occasion of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen), Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem, Opus 20, and the Adagio from Mahler’s 10th Symphony.
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