The Western Playland
Le tombeau de Couperin
The Last Letter (world premiere tour of orchestral version)
Adagio for strings
and poetry and letters by Mary Borden, Vera Brittain, Ivor Gurney and Wilfred Owen
To commemorate the end of the Great War, Britten Sinfonia premiere a new arrangement of Nico Muhly’s poignant The Last Letter as part of a compelling and dramatic evening of music and words.
Nico Muhly’s The Last Letter sets an intriguing and moving selection of letters by First World War German and English soldiers and their loved ones, interspersed with music and poetry written by composers and poets on both sides of the conflict.
Devised by Dr Kate Kennedy.
Part of the Barbican’s For the Fallen: Marking the First World War Centenary
You can read the programme notes for this concert for free.
In Conversation – 6.30pm, Saffron Hall & Norwich’s St Andrew’s Hall
Dr Kate Kennedy discusses the programme in this pre-concert talk.
Photo credit © Imperial War Museum
"Here, members of the Britten Sinfonia played the composer’s new chamber orchestration, accompanying Jonathan McGovern, who gave an earnest and compelling performance."Read More
"Sensitively directed by Thomas Gould, it was an event to savour for its airing of less often heard First World War literature "Read More