The incomparable tenor Allan Clayton joins Britten Sinfonia and guest conductor Andrew Gourlay for the UK premiere of Refugee, Mark-Anthony Turnage's new song cycle. Turnage sets four texts by poets Benjamin Zephaniah, Emily Dickinson, Brian Bilston and W H Auden, exploring what it means to be a refugee now and through the ages.
Refugee is performed alongside works by composers that Turnage counts among his major musical influences; including his teacher and mentor, the late Oliver Knussen. The concert opens with Tippett's five-movement re-imagining of the traditional English tune, 'Sellinger's Round', rich with quotations from music by Gibbons, Purcell, Arne, Field and Sullivan; and Allan Clayton returns for Britten's final song cycle, the evocative Nocturne for tenor, seven solo instruments and strings.
Tippett - Divertimento on Sellinger's Round
Mark-Anthony Turnage - Refugee (UK premiere)
Knussen - Songs without Voices
Britten - Nocturne
Andrew Gourlay (conductor)
Allan Clayton (tenor)
Britten Sinfonia is one of the world's most celebrated and pioneering ensembles. The orchestra is acclaimed for its virtuoso musicianship, an inspired approach to concert programming which makes bold, intelligent connections across 400 years of repertoire, and a versatility that is second to none. Britten Sinfonia breaks the mould by not having a principal conductor or director, instead choosing to collaborate with a range of the finest international guest artists from across the musical spectrum, resulting in performances of rare insight and energy.www.brittensinfonia.com/
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