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Refugee

Britten Sinfonia

Allan Clayton

What does it mean to be a refugee, now and through the ages? Turnage’s new song cycle sets texts by poets including Benjamin Zephaniah and Emily Dickinson, performed by peerless tenor Allan Clayton.

The UK premiere of Refugee is performed alongside works by composers that Turnage counts among his major musical influences, including his teacher and mentor, the late Oliver Knussen. The concert opens with Tippett’s five-movement re-imagining of the traditional English tune, ‘Sellinger’s Round’, rich with quotations from music by Gibbons, Purcell, Arne, Field and Sullivan. Allan Clayton returns for Britten’s final song cycle, the evocative Nocturne for tenor, seven solo instruments and strings.

This concert will finish at approximately 9.20pm, including an interval.

£5

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