Tuesday 6 October 2020

Five world premieres from the cancelled 2020 Aldeburgh Festival to take place at Snape Maltings this Autumn

Snape Maltings (photo Keiko Oikawa)
Snape Maltings (photo Keiko Oikawa)

As ever, this year's Aldeburgh Festival was due to include a number of world premieres, and Britten Pears Arts has announced that five world premieres which had to be cancelled this Summer are taking place at concerts at Snape Maltings during October, November and December. There will be first performances of new works by Michael Berkeley, Colin Matthews, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Gavin Higgins, plus the posthumous premiere of one of John Taverner's last works. It has also been announced that Tom Coult and Alice Burch's new opera Violet, which was due to be performed at the 2020 Aldeburgh Festival, will receive its premiere in 2021.

Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani will premiere Michael Berkeley's Insects, a work written for Esfahani, alongside music by Bach at a concert on 18 October. The Nash Ensemble will be joined by soprano Claire Booth and conductor Martyn Brabbins for the premiere of Colin Matthews' Seascapes, settings of words by the English poet Sidney Keyes who died in action during World War II (14/11/2020). Tenor Allan Clayton will be giving the premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's new song cycle, Silenced, on 20 November 2020. The work is a Britten Pears Arts commission and was written specially for Clayton. The Piatti Quartet and friends will be premiering Gavin Higgins' sextet Ekstasis on 6 December 2020, alongside Beethoven's String Quartet Op.18 No.1.

John Tavener's La Noche Oscura is scored for oboe, countertenor and strings, and is one of the composer's last works. Oboist Nicholas Daniel, counter tenor Andrew Watts and the Britten Sinfonia will be premiering the work on 13 November 2020. 

Full details from the Snape Maltings website.

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