Britten Sinfonia is delighted to return to its Saffron Hall home in the company of Sir Mark Elder, with Michael Mofidian (bass-baritone) stepping in to replace Roderick Williams. This evening’s one-hour concerts explore late Romantic love, life and loss from Vienna to Bavaria. At the heart of the programme is Mahler’s powerfully emotive song cycle Kindertotenlieder, a study in anguish, grief and the power of love to transcend. Wagner’s love letter and birthday present to his wife Cosima, the Siegfried Idyll, opens the concert; first performed by a small ensemble who woke her by performing it outside their house on Christmas Day 1870. And the programme concludes with a trip to the sparkling, champagne-soaked ballrooms of 19th century Vienna: an arrangement for small ensemble of the overture to Johann Strauss’s most famous operetta Die Fledermaus.
For this event the stalls seating bank will be removed and the sunken seating bank will be covered, with audience members seated on the flat floor at cabaret tables in front of a stage area. All tables will be socially distanced to government guidelines. Most tables will accommodate up to 4 people, but some tables are limited to 2, so please check the seating plan carefully when you book to make sure your table can accommodate your household/bubble in compliance with government guidance. A limited number of balcony seats in pairs and single seats are also available.