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Refugee

20th September 2019

Milton Court

Tippett

Divertimento on Sellinger's Round

Mark-Anthony Turnage

Refugee (UK premiere)

Knussen

Songs without Voices

Britten

Nocturne

Artists

Summary

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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