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Anthony McGill and Britten Sinfonia

Milton Court Artist-in-Residence

Anthony McGill smiling at the camera and holding his clarinet

Celebrated clarinettist Anthony McGill embarks on his residency at Milton Court, in an evening of conversation and performance with Britten Sinfonia.

From becoming the first African American musician to hold a principal role in the New York Philharmonic to performing at Obama’s inauguration, Anthony McGill has blazed a trail as one of classical music’s most multifaceted figures. In conversation with composer Anthony Davis and founding member of the Black Police Association, Leroy Logan, McGill explores the piece at the heart of this programme: Davis’s concerto, You Have the Right to Remain Silent. It stems from the moment Davis was pulled over at gunpoint by a police officer during the 70s, over 40 years before he won the Pulitzer Prize. In his powerful musical response, ‘the orchestra is interrogating the clarinet’.

The programme also features Jessie Montgomery’s music – infused with improvisation, energy and gleaming colours – and closes with a deeply poignant elegy by George Walker.

This performance references incidents of wrongful arrest

This performance will finish at approximately 9.20pm, including a 20-minute interval

Co-produced by the Barbican and Britten Sinfonia

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