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judith weir: telling the tale

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A weekend of concerts and special events celebrating the music of British composer Judith Weir.
Judith Weir is a collector of mythic objects, an interpreter of archetypal stories with the gifts
and imagination needed to throw searching light on folk art and dig deep beneath the comforting
surface of fairy tales. Homespun peasant wisdom, mysterious tales of vanishing bridegrooms, and ancient Chinese lyrics stand among the gripping themes explored by Judith Weir. Irony, wit and subversion are hallmarks of the Weir style.Yet it is the directness and narrative flow of her music, whether for the stage, large orchestra or chamber forces, that hold the ear.

Born in 1954, Judith Weir studied privately with John Tavener and with Robin Holloway at King’s College, Cambridge. Her breakthrough works, including A Night at the Chinese Opera, attracted worldwide acclaim.‘Judith Weir has brought new hope to those who thought modern music could never be tuneful and original,’ observes the Independent.

Her work also bridges the boundaries dividing musical genres and connects the concert hall with a wider world of enchantment and fable. Telling Tales explores our collective joys, hopes, nightmares and dreams. Here is music by a composer at the height of her creative powers,
performed by artists central to her development – the Schubert Ensemble, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers among them – in a weekend of music, film, talks and free events.








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