Britten Sinfonia perform Joby Talbot's new cantata

A Sheen of Dew on Flowers

11 Apr 2019


Symphony No. 3 (Scottish)

Joby Talbot

A Sheen of Dew on Flowers


Kelley O'Connor


Eamonn Dougan

Britten Sinfonia Voices Director

Germán Clavijo

assistant conductor


Celebrating the bi-centenary of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s birth, Britten Sinfonia and Independent Opera present the first public performance of Joby Talbot’s new cantata, A Sheen of Dew on Flowers. For this major new commission from Independent Opera, Talbot sets rare and sensual poetry from across several different millennia. A radiant and lyric score, inspired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s devoted partnership, brings to life the story of one of the greatest marriages in history whilst reflecting on the tender themes of love and loss.

The concert also features Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3. The ‘Scottish’ Symphony was dedicated to Queen Victoria and paints a vivid picture of the composer’s grand tour to Scotland in 1829.

Natalie Murray Beale performs a piano reduction extract from Joby Talbot’s full orchestral score.

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Pre-concert talk with Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall – 6.15pm, Barbican Hall
Classic FM presenter Anne-Marie Minhall interviews Joby Talbot, Natalie Murray Beale and curator at Historic Royal Palaces Matthew Storey about the music.

Co-produced by Britten Sinfonia and Independent Opera

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