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Iain Farrington organ
David Hill conductor
Britten Hymn to St Cecilia; Choral Dances from Gloriana; Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria; A Shepherd’s Carol; Rejoice in the Lamb
Bridge Music when soft voices die
Purcell Jehova quam multi sunt hostes; I was Glad
Ireland Ex ore innocentum
With his birthday falling on St Cecilia’s Day, Britten had long been interested in writing a piece in praise of the patron saint of music. In 1941–2, in his last full collaboration with WH Auden, he created one of his most joyful, uplifting choral works. The BBC Singers, who premiered several of the works on the programme, also perform Britten’s choral cantata Rejoice in the Lamb, the miniature A Shepherd’s Carol, and music by his teachers and one of his musical heroes, Purcell.
This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3
This performance is part of our Autumn-Winter 2013 season.
Priority Booking dates are as follows:
Annual Donors Friday 17 May until Monday 3 June
Friends Booking Tuesday 4 June
Advance Booking List (including e-ABL) Wednesday 19 June
General Booking Tuesday 2 July
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Tickets Free, but please book
In association with BBC Radio 3, we present a weekend extravaganza that captures Britten’s essence through its remarkable diversity. We chart the development of Britten’s writing for string quartet over a 40-year period; we survey his choral works with the BBC Singers; and we hear some of his most popular orchestral music – the Spring Symphony, Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes and A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – and one of the highlights of his long collaboration with his partner, Peter Pears, the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.
We also celebrate Britten’s pioneering work with amateurs and young people. His opera Noye’s Fludde, written for children and adult performers, amateurs and professionals, is staged in Lowestoft, the town where he was born on 22 November 1913. The weekend also features the culmination of our remarkable year-long project, Friday Afternoons, which will see as many as 100,000 young people across the UK and abroad sing Britten’s wonderful song cycle on the 100th anniversary itself.
BBC Radio 3 will be resident in Aldeburgh throughout the weekend, broadcasting many concerts live, as well presenting additional interviews and features.
Britten Centenary Weekend Pass
Including best seats at all events, a glass of champagne and an invitation to a special anniversary reception: £180