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BBC Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Gourlay conductor
County Upper School Bury St Edmunds
Julian Jarvis, Andrew Leach, Claire Weston conductors
Britten Welcome Ode
Britten Soirées Musicales
Luke Fitzgerald A Wish
Jay Richardson And Death Shall Have No Dominion
Anna Meredith My Car
Britten The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
For children of all ages, was there ever a better musical guide than Benjamin Britten? Whether playing, singing or listening to his pieces, he unlocks the lid of the classical music treasure chest. The BBC Symphony Orchestra presents a selection of his wonderful music for young people in a one hour concert for all the family.
Featuring his last ever piece (written for Suffolk schoolchildren), some fizzing arrangements of Rossini tunes and his famous guide to the family of orchestral instruments, the concert also includes three brand new choral songs written for the Britten centenary by professional and talented teenage composers. What better way to celebrate the music of the talented Suffolk schoolboy who turned out to be one of best and most famous of all English composers?
This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3
*Working in partnership with the Britten–Pears Foundation with public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England
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 £20, £14 Under 27s half price Under 16s £5
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