Mark-Anthony Turnage: Refugee - Britten Sinfonia - What's On


20 Sep 2019


Divertimento on Sellinger's Round

Mark-Anthony Turnage

Refugee (UK premiere)


Songs without Voices



Allan Clayton © Sim Canetty-Clarke



The incomparable tenor Allan Clayton joins Britten Sinfonia and guest conductor Andrew Gourlay for the UK premiere of Refugee, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new song cycle. Turnage sets four texts by poets Benjamin Zephaniah, Emily Dickinson, Brian Bilston and W H Auden, exploring what it means to be a refugee now and through the ages. Find out more about the poetry here.

Refugee is performed alongside works by composers that Turnage counts among his major musical influences; including his teacher and mentor, the late Oliver Knussen. The concert opens with Tippett’s five-movement re-imagining of the traditional English tune, ‘Sellinger’s Round’, rich with quotations from music by Gibbons, Purcell, Arne, Field and Sullivan; Allan Clayton returns for Britten’s final song cycle, the evocative Nocturne for tenor, seven solo instruments and strings.

Pre-concert talk
6.30pm Dr Kate Kennedy introduces the programme

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