Wednesday 20 June 2018

Ades, Henson, Berkeley & Bernstein: Britten Sinfonia's Summer season

Britten Sinfonia (Photo Thomas Skovsende)
Britten Sinfonia (Photo Thomas Skovsende)
The Britten Sinfonia's Summer season starts on Friday 22 June 2018 with a concert in Rye as part of the Peasmarsh Festival, and the season continues with performances of Thomas Ades' Powder her Face at Nevill Holt Opera, premieres of works by Keaton Henson and Michael Berkeley and an appearance at the Proms.

On Friday 22 June, at St Mary's Church, Rye, Douglas Boyd (artistic director of Garsington Opera) conducts the Britten Sinfonia in Bernstein's Serenade (with soloist Anthony Marwood) plus music by Haydn and Boccherini.

Antony McDonald's production of Thomas Ades' Powder her Face was first performed at Northern Ireland Opera. Ian Ryan conducts the revival at Nevill Holt Opera with Mary Plazas as the Duchess and the Britten Sinfonia in the pit. The production runs from 28 June to 1 July.

The Britten Sinfonia at Lunch concerts continue in Norwich and Cambridge with performances from the Britten Sinfonia Academy performing Schumann orchestrated by Tom Coult, Bach orchestrated by Webern and Ravel's orchestration of his own piano pieces, and the concert will be repeated at the Latitude Festival on 14 July.

At the Barbican, the orchestra premieres Keaton Henson's Six Lethargies, composed around, and from within, issues of mental illness and human emotion, the piece aims to express and explain feelings of anxiety and depression through six connected movements for string orchestra. Whilst at the Wigmore Hall the ensemble is helping celebrate Michael Berkeley's 70th birthday with the world premiere of a new work by Berkeley for solo oboe and a performance of Into the Ravine, plus music by Richard Strauss, Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert.

And the orchestra will be at the BBC Proms on 4 September in a programme based around the tango, with pianist Pablo Ziegler.

Full details from the Britten Sinfonia website.

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