Britten Sinfonia with Alison Balsom

Mysteries of the Macabre

Friday 15 May, 7.30pm

St Andrew's Hall, St Andrews & Blackfriars Hall St Andrews Hall Plain, Norwich NR3 1AU

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Tickets: £7.50 - £35.00

Purcell ed Britten Chacony
Purcell arr Berio, Maxwell Davies Fantasias and Pavans
John Woolrich (after Purcell) Hark! The echoing air (world premiere)
Scarlatti orch John Woolrich Sonatas Set 2
Sir Harrison Birtwistle Virelai (Sus une fontayne)
Ligeti (arr. Howarth) Mysteries of the Macabre

Britten Sinfonia and Alison Balsom join forces for a very special programme of music exploring more than 300 years of composition. Ancient and contemporary influences are intertwined, with arrangements of Purcell by some of the greatest composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including the world premiere of John Woolrich’s Hark! The echoing air, a new trumpet concerto inspired by Purcell’s The Fairy-Queen.

Alison Balsom is one of classical music’s most persuasive and engaging ambassadors, as well as a passionate advocate for her instrument, involved in transcribing, arranging and commissioning new trumpet works. She is acclaimed as one of the most ground-breaking musicians on the international circuit today, winning numerous awards including three classical BRITs and Gramophone Artist of the Year.

‘Britten Sinfonia produced one of those performances in which you could hardly breathe for risk of missing a nuance of expression.’ The Times

‘There are few more thrilling things in British music than Britten Sinfonia on top form.’ Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph

Important information

Venue: St Andrew's Hall , St Andrews & Blackfriars Hall St Andrews Hall Plain, Norwich NR3 1AU

Pre show talk: 6.30pm in conversation led by Dr Kate Kennedy, free to ticket holders

Duration: 2 hours including interval

Alison Balsom

Sound The Trumpet


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15 May

07:30 pm

£7.50 - £35.00