Requiem Project is a chorus project with memorial of the victims and wish for peace. The area damaged by natural disasters and wars is its activity area. Composer Susumu Ueda presides over it. It began in 2008 in Kobe which is the afflicted area of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.
The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake that occurred on January 17, 1995. That earthquake destroyed the city of Kobe, and UEDA racked his brain to find a way that he, as a composer, could support the people in Kobe. Eventually, he had the idea to compose a requiem that could be sung by the survivors themselves, who had fought so tenaciously to rebuild their lives in a city that had been turned to ruins.
Requiem's composition began in 2008 and the completed premiere was held in Kobe on January 17, 2010.
This work differs slightly from the usual format of a requiem in that while all 10 movements contain Mass texts, four movements also contain original lyric that he have composed. The latter half consists of cheerful music ending with a hymn of hope.
He composed this work with the hope that it would enable the survivors to grieve for those they have lost by singing out the sadness and suffering, make them feel the joy of being alive and slowly move them along the path toward hope.
This requiem is not only about Kobe. He composed this piece to honor the precious lives that were lost in all kinds of tragedies, from natural disasters to war and terrorism, and to create a bridge to a bright future for those who are alive today.
Since 2010, started hosting numerous musical activity is now spreading to wide areas such as Kobe, Tokyo, Sayo-cho in Hyogo, Okinawa, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukushima, Minami-Soma in Fukushima, Sendai, Northern Iwate, Kesennuma in Miyagi. Also, its activities are expanding abroad, such as Prague (2012), Vienna (2014), Vatican (2016), Assisi and Florence (2016).
Requiem Project will honour the victim of many tragedies that have taken place around the world, and express our hope for a peaceful and bright future.