Birtwistle at 80


In May 2014, Britten Sinfonia, along with the Barbican celebrate the 80th birthday of Sir Harrison Birtwistle - one of the UK's most influential composers.

A ground-breaking, uncompromising and distinctive composer, Birtwistle's music has a modernist aesthetic, often with a shifting mechanical feel. Britten Sinfonia and the Barbican will be co-producing a rare semi-staged concert performance of Birtwistle's mechanical opera, Yan Tan Tethera on Thursday 29th May. Conducted by Baldur Bronnimann and directed by John Lloyd Davies, this seminal work is a supernatural tale of two shephards, their sheep and the devil. The following evening at Milton Court, the orchestra perform a fascinating programme of music which traces three English composers (including Birtwistle) responses to landscape and national identity (this concert will also be performed in Cambridge on Friday 23rd May).

Yan Tan Tethera
Thursday 29 May 2014 - 7.30pm - London, Barbican Hall
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Fields of Sorrow
Friday 23 May 2014 - 7.30pm - Cambridge, West Road Concert Hall
Friday 30 May 2014 - 7.30pm - London, Milton Court Concert Hall
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Both of these performances form part of the Barbican's Birtwsitle at 80 celebrations which also feature the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. In the first of a series of podcasts produced by the Barbican you can find out more about Birtwistle's music from his peers and collaborators, as well as the great man himself.

 



Composer and programmer, John Woolrich delves into Birtwistle's fascination with landscape in a recent blog post.

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Goldberg Variations

The Hexagon, Reading
05 April 2014 7:30pm

Britten Sinfonia, perform works by Mozart, Martynov and Bach in The Hexagon, Reading.

Mr Big Family Concert 2014

Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
06 April 2014 3:00pm

An interactive family concert featuring live illustrations from Mr Big's author, Ed Vere.

Bach St John Passion

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
16 April 2014 7:30pm

Britten Sinfonia is joined by a stellar line-up of soloists and its acclaimed professional choir, Britten Sinfonia Voices for these Easter performances of Bach's masterpiece.

Bach St John Passion

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
17 April 2014 8:15pm

Britten Sinfonia is joined by a stellar line-up of soloists and its acclaimed professional choir, Britten Sinfonia Voices for these Easter performances of Bach's masterpiece.

Bach St John Passion

Barbican Hall, London
18 April 2014 6:00pm

Britten Sinfonia is joined by a stellar line-up of soloists and its acclaimed professional choir, Britten Sinfonia Voices for these Easter performances of Bach's masterpiece.

Bach St John Passion

Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
19 April 2014 7:30pm

Britten Sinfonia is joined by a stellar line-up of soloists and its acclaimed professional choir, Britten Sinfonia Voices for these Easter performances of Bach's masterpiece.

Bach St John Passion

Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich
20 April 2014 7:30pm

Britten Sinfonia is joined by a stellar line-up of soloists and its acclaimed professional choir, Britten Sinfonia Voices for these Easter performances of Bach's masterpiece.

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