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BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Norwich Cathedral Choristers
Choirs of Norwich School and Norwich High School for Girls
Claire Booth soprano
Monica Groop mezzo soprano
Robert Murray tenor
Christopher Purves baritone
Oliver Knussen conductor
Britten Cantata Academica; Four Sea Interludes & Passacaglia; Spring Symphony
Ryan Wigglesworth Locke’s Theatre (world premiere)
Celebrating the seasons’ cycle, rebirth and renewal, the vibrant Spring Symphony teems with life, its rousing setting of Summer is icumen an unforgettable finale. For many, the shifting moods in the masterly sea pictures from Peter Grimes is the music most closely associated with the composer and his adopted home town but few will know the delightful rarity Cantata Academica, an ebullient tour de force whose unabashed joie de vivre is at odds with the drily mock-solemn title.
With the generous support of the Chapman Charitable Trust
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 £45 (£38 if booking 3 or more events over weekend) £34, £29, £23, £18 Under 27s half price
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