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Alison Balsom: An American Rhapsody

Britten Sinfonia

Alison Balsom with trumpet

Britten Sinfonia join forces with star trumpeter Alison Balsom in a concert harnessing the power and legacy of Miles Davis and the enduring musical influence of the Jazz Age.

A shimmering arrangement from Gil Evans’s Sketches of Spain of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez is punctuated by jazz-inspired works of the 20th century capturing the spirit of downtown New York. An arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, infused with the rhythms and noises of the modern city, and Copland’s evocative Quiet City, originally written as incidental theatrical music, complete this American-flavoured programme. 

Alison Balsom is one of classical music’s most persuasive and engaging ambassadors, as well as a passionate advocate for her instrument, involved in transcribing, arranging and commissioning new works for the trumpet.  

This performance will finish at approximately 9.30pm, including a 20 minute interval.

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Milton Court Concert Hall