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Monday, 25 October 2021

Britten Pears Arts celebrates Britten's birthday with John Wilson and the Sinfonia of London

Frank Bridge; Benjamin Britten; Ethel Bridge by Unknown photographer snapshot print NPG x15184 © National Portrait Gallery, London
Frank Bridge, Benjamin Britten, Ethel Bridge by Unknown photographer
snapshot print NPG x15184 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Britten Pears Arts is celebrating Benjamin Britten's birthday over the weekend of 20-22 November 2021 with a pair of concerts by John Wilson and his Sinfonia of London at Snape Maltings, plus other events at Snape and the Red House.

For their first concert John Wilson and the Sinfonia of London are joined by pianist Pavel Kolesnikov for Britten's Piano Concerto along with the tone poem Mai Dun by Britten's teacher at the Royal College of Music, John Ireland, and RVW's A London Symphony. For their second concert, Wilson and his orchestra are joined by tenor Ian Bostridge for Britten's Nocturne, along with Lament by Britten's teacher and mentor, Frank Bridge, Serenade for Strings by Britten's friend Lennox Berkeley and Ballade for Strings by Arthur Benjamin with whom Britten studied piano at the Royal College of Music.

The Red House will be open on Saturday 20 November, with a display of  manuscripts, diaries, photographs and letters relating to the composers featured in the weekend’s concerts, there is also a study morning relating to the works being performed and on Britten's birthday, 22 November 2021, the Red House presents outdoor performances in the garden of Britten’s A Hymn to St Cecilia throughout the afternoon and a special display in the Archive of items relating to Britten’s birthday and to St Cecilia. There will be a chance to explore the house.  

Further details from Britten Pears Arts website.


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