Britten Sinfonia perform Nico Muhly's The Last Letter

The Last Letter

Norwich London Saffron Hall
08 – 10 Nov 2018


The Western Playland




Le tombeau de Couperin

Rudi Stephan


Nico Muhly

The Last Letter (world premiere tour of orchestral version)


Adagio for strings

and poetry and letters by Mary Borden, Vera Brittain, Ivor Gurney and Wilfred Owen

© Imperial War Museum



To commemorate the end of the Great War, Britten Sinfonia premiere a new arrangement of Nico Muhly’s poignant The Last Letter as part of a compelling and dramatic evening of music and words.

Nico Muhly’s The Last Letter sets an intriguing and moving selection of letters by First World War German and English soldiers and their loved ones, interspersed with music and poetry written by composers and poets on both sides of the conflict.

Devised by Dr Kate Kennedy.

Part of the Barbican’s For the Fallen: Marking the First World War Centenary

You can read the programme notes for this concert for free.

In Conversation – 6.30pm, Saffron Hall & Norwich’s St Andrew’s Hall
Dr Kate Kennedy discusses the programme in this pre-concert talk.

Photo credit © Imperial War Museum