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Curlew River


Curlew River (concert performance)


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.

26.03.20 at 7:30PM
Milton Court
27.03.20 at 7:30PM
St Andrew’s Hall
28.03.20 at 7:30PM
Saffron Walden 
Saffron Hall

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