Tavener: Flood of Beauty

with Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices

28 September 2014 / 19:30

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The Britten Sinfonia premieres Sir John Tavener’s last major concert work, Flood of Beauty (Saundarya Lahari).

Based on a Sanskrit poem by the 9th-century philosopher and poet Sankara, the piece is an attempt to show the rapture and bliss of the Divine Being through Hinduism – following Tavener's many revered musical journeys through Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

Flood of Beauty was devised by the late composer, who would have turned 70 this year, to be performed with the instruments of a normal symphony orchestra, but all spaced around the auditorium – with Indian classical instruments tabla and sitar completing the ensemble.

'The audience, so that they are, as it were, "surrounded" by bliss and beauty' Sir John Tavener

1pm FreeStage Monks from Tibet

Programme & Performers

Tavener Flood of Beauty

Britten Sinfonia
Martyn Brabbins conductor
Allison Bell soprano
Marcus Farnsworth baritone
Natalie Clein cello
Sheema Mukherjee sitar
Kuljit Bhamra tabla 
Britten Sinfonia Voices
New London Chamber Choir
Eamonn Dougan
Britten Sinfonia Voices Director

Also in this series:
Mon 29 Sep -
Sun 5 Oct - BBC SO Total Immersion Day
   1pm Choral & Chamber Music
   3pm Film & Roundtable
   5.30pm BBC Singers
   7pm Learning Performance
   7.30pm Concert

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Part of Transcender
Part of Britten Sinfonia 2014–15
Part of Contemporary Music concerts

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