Maggi Hambling: War Requiem

28 October – 27 November

Open daily 10am - 4pm

Dovecote Studio, Snape Maltings

Britten's War Requiem was premiered in 1962 to commemorate the re-dedication of Coventry Cathedral, which was bombed in World War II. Hambling's series of paintings depict war victims and battlefields.

"Britten took classical music, wrung it by the neck and came out of it with his own original voice - a breaking-through which was completely his own," she says. "We all get used to the flashing imagery of war on the television and I'm a great believer in oil paint and trying to create images that aren't in any way photographic.

"With war there's a destruction of beauty and that is as relevant now as when Britten wrote the War Requiem."