POSTPONED Curlew River with Ian Bostridge - Britten Sinfonia - What's On

POSTPONED Curlew River

London Norwich Saffron Walden
26 – 28 Mar 2020


Curlew River (concert performance)


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

Inspired by Japanese Noh theatre, Benjamin Britten’s church parable is a once heard, never forgotten work. Ian Bostridge heads a starry cast alongside Britten Sinfonia Voices and musicians directed by Martin Fitzpatrick.

Benjamin Britten and William Plomer’s synthesis of a Noh play and Christian parable set in medieval East Anglia is a unique and extraordinary work – a piece shot through with the strange, exotic sounds of bells, un-tuned drums, organ and chamber ensemble. Curlew River sweeps audiences into a fascinating, unknown world portraying both Buddhist world views and Christian redemption beliefs.

Celebrated tenor Ian Bostridge heads a starry cast to reprise his acclaimed interpretation of the Madwoman. The cast also includes bass-baritone Ashley Riches as the Ferryman, alongside Britten Sinfonia and the orchestra’s own professional choir, Britten Sinfonia Voices.

Norwich & Milton Court: In Conversation, 6.30pm (free to ticket holders)
Dr Kate Kennedy leads a pre-concert talk introducing this evening’s programme.

Saffron Hall Study Afternoon (please book tickets)
Dr Kate Kennedy presents an afternoon of talk and music exploring this fascinating work. Book tickets here.