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The Silver Tassie

BBC SO Total Immersion: In Remembrance World War I

Ryan Wigglesworth 2018 on the stairs portrait

A rare opportunity to see Mark-Anthony Turnage’s powerful, anti-war opera, performed here by an outstanding British cast.

Sean O’Casey’s provocative 1928 play The Silver Tassie pries open the wound of the First World War and peers unblinkingly into its horrifying depths. The futility of war and its painful human cost is conveyed with even greater intensity in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s beautifully crafted operatic adaptation, which explores what happens when young, football-mad Irishman Harry comes back from the war in a wheelchair.

An all-star British cast has been assembled for this first UK revival of the opera since its 2000 premiere, including Brindley Sherratt, Susan Bickley, Sally Matthews and Louise Alder, with rising young baritone Ashley Riches as Harry. The performance will be conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth.


Part of For the Fallen: Marking the First World War Centenary

Free performance 5pm and 6.10pm

David Lang Memorial Ground

The culmination of a BBC Symphony Orchestra Learning project. 


Cocktails, concrete and tonnes of charm

Pop into the Martini Bar for a pre-performance tipple, with Happy Hour from 5-6pm


black and white photo of soldiers

Long read: Music of conflict

Dr Kate Kennedy looks at a number of solider-composers from World War I, from different backgrounds and nations, exploring the vital importance of music for survival. 

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Barbican Hall