Jonathan McGovern – baritone
Thomas Gould – violin/director
To commemorate the end of the Great War, Britten Sinfonia premiere a new arrangement of Nico Muhly’s poignant The Last Letter as part of a compelling and dramatic evening of music and words.
Gurney : The Western Playland
Kelly : Elegy
Ravel : Le tombeau de Couperin
Stephan : Nachspiel
Nico Muhly : The Last Letter (world premiere of orchestral version)
Barber :Adagio for strings
Poetry and letters by Mary Borden, Vera Brittain, Ivor Gurney and Wilfred Owen.
Devised by Dr Kate Kennedy, with a pre-concert talk from Dr Kennedy at 6.30pm, discussing the programme of the concert (free to ticket holders).
Deborah Miles-Johnson mezzo soprano Matthew Andrews, David Dunnett conductors
Sibelius Symphony No. 1 in E minor
Holst The Cloud Messenger
Wednesday 8 November 2017, 7.30pm
St Andrew’s Hall, St Andrew’s Plain, Norwich
Elder conducts Brahms
Finzi The Fall of the Leaf
Mahler arr. Britten What the Wild Flowers tell me Mahler Rückert-Lieder Brahms Symphony No. 1
Sir Mark Elder conductor Elisabeth Kulman mezzo-soprano
Brahms’s First Symphony was first performed with considerably smaller musical forces than we are used to hearing today. Sir Mark Elder conducts Britten Sinfonia in a performance that returns to the spirit of those early concerts and allows the details of Brahms’s extraordinary lyrical masterpiece to shine through.
Pre-concert talk, 6.30pm
Sir Mark Elder discusses tonight’s programme
(free to ticket holders)
Tickets: £8-£34 (£6 students, under 26 and job seekers).
Britten Sinfonia Academy is a great opportunity for young musicians, like a Saturday school. They are offering a chance to see how it all works and talk to people who are already involved next Saturday at Theatre Royal Norwich. They are holding an open rehearsal next week for anyone who would like to find out more about us or may be considering joining the orchestra. It is free to attend but seats must be booked through the website, please let your friends know, or any parents or teenage musicians you may be in contact with https://www.brittensinfonia.com/event/1167622/ #musicinnorwich
Friday 26 May 2017, 7.30pm St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich
Britten Sinfonia Adès conducts Beethoven
In this concert the enthralling composer and conductor Thomas Adès will shed new light on Beethoven’s witty first symphony, which is here paired with the virtuosic second. These are complemented by Gerald Barry’s powerful setting of Beethoven’s letter to his ‘immortal beloved’.
“Adès makes you hear things which you thought were familiar as if they were completely new.”
This performance is part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.
The Norfolk and Norwich Festival runs from Friday 12-Sunday 28 May this year and has a packed classical music and jazz programme as well as some great contemporary and popular music, from the traditional to the ‘right out there’. It’s an exciting time and this is a real chance to try something new. Here are a couple of videos that the Festival has produced to showcase what is coming up which gives you a good idea of what is coming up and who is doing the programming. This is the swan-song Festival for artistic director William Galinsky who is moving on to develop his own work so he has put a lot of energy into the programme this year.
It is worth booking ahead as some things sell out quickly but then, even if something is sold out, it is worth checking back for returns – I just managed to book some Philip Glass tickets as a few became available this week. Theatre Royal Norwich manages all the bookings on 01603 630000 or via www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk.
One of the highlights this year is a production by Norwich’s very own Voice Project producers Sian Croose and Jon Baker called In The Arms of Sleep – it’s a classical music/choral sleepover in the Assembly House in Norwich which offers 40 audience members the chance to take a bed, make themselves comfy and fall asleep listening to a 10 hour choral performance, voices permeating their slumbers and waking them with a chorus. Some people might find the idea of sleeping with 39 strangers a bit daunting but it will be an experience – when will you get the chance to do something like this again?
Celebrated tenor, Mark Padmore performs St John Passion with Britten Sinfonia at Norwich’s St Andrew’s Hall on Thursday 13 April 2017
Mark has gained particular acclaim for his numerous appearances as Evangelist in Bach Passions. He describes Bach’s music as ‘an endless journey of discovery’, and he’ll certainly bring this love for the music and sense of dramatic intention to these Easter performance in which he sings with and directs Britten Sinfonia. Bach’s masterpiece perfectly balances the theatrical and devotional, and is interspersed here with sacred texts, and poetry by TS Eliot read by Simon Russell Beale.
Explore the music:
Find out more about Mark Padmore in our Q&A with him.
Please to say that the newest edition of Music in Norwich is now out on the streets in hard copy and is available to pick up free from the Tourist Information Centre, Theatre Royal, St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich Cathedral, Arts Roundup racks and many other place around Norwich and Norfolk as well as a pdf download from this site