Britten Sinfonia’s 2019-20 season as Associate Ensemble at the Barbican is now on sale featuring premieres from Steve Reich/Gerhard Richter, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Sir James MacMillan, Emily Howard, John Woolrich and Shiva Feshareki. Featured guest artists will include Alison Balsom, Ian Bostridge, Allan Clayton, Lucy Crowe, Colin Currie, Benjamin Grosvenor, Nicholas Mulroy and Roderick Williams.
The season opens on 20 September with the UK premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Refugee, settings of poems by Benjamin Zephaniah, Emily Dickinson, Warsan Shire, Brian Bilston and WH Auden alongside works by Oliver Knussen. From poetry to mathematics and technology, Emily Howard curates a day of events celebrating the visionary Victorian mathematician Ada Lovelace, and exploring the intersection between Artificial Intelligence and music. The day features world premieres of new works by composers Shiva Feshareki, Patricia Alessandrini and Howard herself, as well as music generated by artificial intelligence.
It then continues with the London premiere of Sir James MacMillan’s Fifth Symphony, Le grand inconnu, with Britten Sinfonia’s regular collaborators, The Sixteen. World-class collaborations are at the heart of the series, with the European premiere of a new work by Steve Reich and visual artist Gerhard Richter that examines the intersection between Richter’s formula for his Patterns series on 23 October. Later in the season Britten Sinfonia join forces with trumpeter Alison Balsom who will perform the world premiere of John Woolrich’s Hark! The echoing air (after Purcell), and with pianist Benjamin Grosvenor who joins Britten Sinfonia leader Thomas Gould in a programme featuring Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in F minor and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9.
Britten Sinfonia Voices will perform in a concert performance of Britten’s Curlew River (with Ian Bostridge reprising his role as Madwoman), and in JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion on Good Friday (10 April 2020), directed by Britten Sinfonia’s leader Jacqueline Shave, and featuring an outstanding cast including Nicholas Mulroy, Roderick Williams and Lucy Crowe.
David Butcher, Chief Executive of Britten Sinfonia comments:
‘There’s a strong synergy between the Barbican and Britten Sinfonia, and this season, several events – including a major collaboration between Steve Reich and Gerhard Richter, and projects with Alison Balsom and Emily Howard, are presented in partnership with the Barbican. Since 2012, this close collaborative relationship has resulted in a striking body of original work across all Barbican venues and on tour, created with leading international musicians as well as choreographers, directors and designers, including the internationally acclaimed Curlew River, which makes a welcome return in a concert performance for 2019/20.
At the root of Britten Sinfonia’s work is a simple desire; to make the best possible music for the widest possible audience, and to take people to musical places that they may not have previously considered, and enjoy going there. Our Barbican 2019- 20 concerts should be something to savour.’
Book tickets for Britten Sinfonia’s Barbican season now:
Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Refugee – 20 September 2019
Sir James MacMillan’s Le grand inconnu with The Sixteen – 14 October 2019
Steve Reich/Gerhard Richter – 23 October 2019
Ada Lovelace: Imagining the Analytical Engine – 2 November 2019
Britten Sinfonia with Benjamin Grosvenor – 26 November 2019
Curlew River – 26 March 2020
St Matthew Passion – 10 April 2020
Britten Sinfonia with Alison Balsom – 14 May 2020