Britten Sinfonia is pleased to announce its wide-ranging 2020-21 Barbican season with typically adventurous collaborations with leading guest artists and composers. The season will see the continuation of the ensemble’s Brahms Symphony Cycle with Sir Mark Elder (featuring soloist Roderick Williams); tenor Ian Bostridge and Leader Jacqueline Shave performing a folk-inspired programme, including a new work by Sir James MacMillan; Sarah Kirkland Snider’s indie/folk-inspired song cycle, Penelope, with vocalist Nora Fischer; and a concert performance of Thomas Adès’ acclaimed opera The Tempest.
Brahms Symphony Cycle with Sir Mark Elder
Sir Mark Elder’s illuminating Brahms Symphony Cycle reaches the composer’s radiant Symphony No. 3, performed with the smaller chamber forces that Brahms intended. Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, with soloist Roderick Williams, and Vaughan Williams’ folk-inspired Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 also feature on the programme. Find out more.
Barbican Hall, London: Saturday 7 November 2020
Eight Seasons with Thomas Gould
Britten Sinfonia’s Leader, Thomas Gould, performs a virtuosic tour de force featuring seasonally-inspired Baroque music and Argentinian tangos. Gould directs and is the soloist for Vivaldi’s masterpiece, The Four Seasons and Piazzolla’s tango-inspired The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, which are performed alongside John Cage’s enigmatic String Quartet. Find out more.
Milton Court Concert Hall, London: Thursday 3 December 2020
Britten Sinfonia & Ian Bostridge
Tenor Ian Bostridge and Leader Jacqueline Shave join forces for a musical journey across Europe, exploring folk-inspired chamber music from Scotland, Ireland, Romania and Denmark, including a selection of Benjamin Britten’s arrangements of English folk songs. The concert also features the world premiere of Sir James MacMillan’s Three Scottish Songs, a setting of three poems by the early 20th century Scottish poet William Soutar. Find out more.
Milton Court Concert Hall, London: Thursday 18 February 2021
Nora Fischer: Penelope
Inspired by Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, Sarah Kirkland Snider’s indie/folk-inspired song cycle Penelope is a meditation of memory, identity and what it means to come home. Vocalist Nora Fischer makes her Britten Sinfonia debut as a woman whose veteran husband returns home, brain damaged, after an absence of 20 years. Find out more.
Milton Court Concert Hall, London: Thursday 29 April 2020
Thomas Adès: The Tempest
Thomas Ades returns to conduct the orchestra in a concert performance of his opera, The Tempest, as part of the Barbican’s Adès at 50 celebrations. David Butcher, Chief Executive and Artistis Director of Britten Sinfonia comments: “This will be our sixth season as an Associate Ensemble at the Barbican and we’re pleased to continue this fruitful, collaborative relationship this season in this ambitious celebration of Thomas Adès music. Tom has worked extensively with Britten Sinfonia over many years, both as composer and conductor, including in recent years, conducting Britten Sinfonia in the world premiere of Gerald Barry’s ‘Alice’s Adventures Underground’ (the orchestra and Barbican were amongst the opera’s commissioners) and for the past three seasons, conducting a Beethoven Symphony Cycle, with Beethoven’s masterworks set alongside music by Barry. In April, Signum will be releasing the first disc in a recording of our omplete Beethoven Symphony Cycle, recorded live at the Barbican.” Find out more.
Barbican Hall, London: Monday 28 June 2021
Britten Sinfonia will also continue its pre-concert talks series at the Barbican. The events – which are free to ticket holders – allow audiences insight into the works on the programme and will feature guest artists, composers and members of the orchestra.
Priority booking for Britten Sinfonia’s Friends, Benefactors, Chair Partners and members of the Sinfonia Circle will open on Wednesday 4 March. Secure the best seats in the house before anyone else and join as a Friend today. Find out more here.
Online booking will be available from Monday 16 March at 10am, and telephone and in person booking will be available from Wednesday 18 March at 10am.