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Britten Sinfonia Quintet, Mark Padmore and Morgan Szymanski: On The Eve Of War

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Presented by Britten Sinfonia

Performance date and time
Sunday, 9th December 2018
6:00 PM

Programme includes:

Richard Rodney Bennett Tom O'Bedlam's Song Luke Styles New Work Alec Roth A Road Less Travelled Ralph Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge

This is a wonderfully programmed evening. A striking performance of Vaughan Williams' poignant rural song cycle, settings of poems from AE Housman's 'A Shropshire Lad', with the expressive voice of Mark Padmore ringing clearly above the 'hauntingly beautiful' (Financial Times) accompaniment of piano and string quartet. And with the elegant guitarist Morgan Szymanski, Padmore explores a beautiful song cycle by Alec Roth commemorating 'the father' of modern British poetry, Edward Thomas, centred on his extended walks through the English countryside.

Paired with these are Bennett's riveting monologue 'Tom O'Bedlam's Song' for tenor and cello and a new song cycle by Luke Styles, former Young Composer-in-Residence at Glyndebourne and the first composer-in-residence at the Foundling Museum since Handel. An undiluted pleasure.

Part of the Britten Sinfonia 'Serenading Lincs: 500 Years of Song' project supported by Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival, The David Ross Education Trust and Orchestras Live. Britten Sinfonia is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

★★★★ 'The performance of 'On Wenlock Edge' is striking: Mark Padmore is an impassioned tenor soloist.' The Guardian

'A reflective, beautifully delivered recital of English song... well suited to this tenor's mellifluously lyrical, emotionally intense music-making.' Sunday Times

'Playing that is quick on its feet, bristling with clarity and energy.' Financial Times (on Britten Sinfonia)

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Running time
60 min + interval

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Ticket Prices
£15.00 Standard

Main Box Office Telephone Number
01507 463666

Available From
JB Flowers, South Street, Alford or call 01507 463666

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This performance is supported by:

Arts Council, England