English Song - Finzi

Mark Padmore tenor
Jacqueline Shave leader/director


Tippett Little Music
Purcell Overture and Rondeau from Abdelazer 
Finzi Dies natalis 
John Woolrich Another Staircase Overture (newly revised)
Purcell ed. Tippett If Music be the Food of Love
Purcell ed. Tippett Music for a While
Purcell ed. Tippett Sweeter than Roses
Walton Sonata for Strings

Celebrated tenor and regular Britten Sinfonia collaborator Mark Padmore performs with the orchestra in a programme of some of the most beautiful English music for strings and voice. The centrepiece of the concert is Gerald Finzi’s Dies natalis. Modelled on Bach’s cantatas it contains a spirit and sweetness that reflects the joy and wonder of a child’s innocent perspective of the world. Padmore also sings Purcell songs as realised by Tippett, whose baroque-inspired Little Music is also featured. Walton’s virtuosic and passionate Sonata for Strings provides a thrilling climax to this journey through English music. 

“Britten Sinfonia’s performance of Benjamin Britten's Les Illuminations with tenor Mark Padmore was a triumph; completely alive in every bar, the opening chords placed with the precision of a dancer and yet weightily massive. I've rarely heard the intoxicated revelry of Rimbaud's poetry so completely embodied in a performance.” Telegraph


In Conversation – free pre-concert talk with Mark Padmore. 

Britten Sinfonia violinist Lizzie Ball interviewed Mark Padmore during a tour with the orchestra in February 2010

Interview with Mark Padmore from Britten Sinfonia on Vimeo.


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