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POSTPONED Britten Sinfonia with Alison Balsom

London Norwich Saffron Walden
14 – 16 May 2020

Purcell ed Britten


Purcell arr Berio, Maxwell Davies

Fantasias and Pavans

John Woolrich (after Purcell)

Hark! The echoing air (world premiere)

Scarlatti orch John Woolrich

Sonatas Set 2

Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Virelai (Sus une fontayne)

Ligeti (arr. Howarth)

Mysteries of the Macabre


Jacqueline Shave



NOTE: This event has been postponed. Read our COVID-19 statement here.

Superstar Alison Balsom performs a virtuosic programme of music from Purcell to Birtwistle via Scarlatti, celebrating the remarkable voice of the trumpet.

Britten Sinfonia and Alison Balsom join forces for a very special programme of music exploring more than 300 years of composition. Ancient and contemporary influences are intertwined, with arrangements of Purcell by some of the greatest composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including the world premiere of John Woolrich’s Hark! The echoing air, a new trumpet concerto inspired by Purcell’s The Fairy-Queen.

Milton Court Artist-in-Residence Alison Balsom is one of classical music’s most persuasive and engaging ambassadors, as well as a passionate advocate for her instrument, involved in transcribing, arranging and commissioning new trumpet works. She is acclaimed as one of the most ground-breaking musicians on the international circuit today, winning numerous awards including three classical BRITs and Gramophone Artist of the Year.

John Woolrich’s new work forms part of Britten Sinfonia’s Musically Gifted campaign. See John’s Musically Gifted page for details of how you can receive signed scores, free tickets and even meet the composer.

The performance in Norwich is part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020.

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Saffron Hall and Milton Court: In Conversation, 6.30pm (free to ticket holders)

Dr Kate Kennedy leads a pre-concert talk introducing this evening’s programme.

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