The British composer Helen Grime celebrates Sir Simon Rattle’s arrival with a personally-curated programme of her own music and its inspirations.
Helen Grime is one of many living composers being championed by Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director of the LSO. She’s responded with a programme that places her own richly-imagined music amidst the works – from Purcell to Stravinsky – that helped shape it.
So there are many living friends and inspirations in the mix: lovingly-crafted works by Oliver Knussen, Thomas Adès and George Benjamin. Britten Sinfonia has this music in its artistic DNA, just as it’s superbly placed to trace Grimes’s roots through Stravinsky and Britten and right back to Henry Purcell: the acorn from which a living tradition took root.
Programme & Performers
Programme curated by the composer
Purcell Fantasia Upon One Note Oliver Knussen, George Benjamin and Colin Matthews A Purcell Garland Helen Grime Into the Faded Air Oliver Knussen Cantata Helen Grime A Cold Spring Thomas Adès Court Studies from The Tempest Britten Sinfonietta Stravinsky Dumbarton Oaks