Divertimento on Sellinger's Round
Refugee (UK premiere)
Songs without Voices
The incomparable tenor Allan Clayton joins Britten Sinfonia and guest conductor Andrew Gourlay for the UK premiere of Refugee, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new song cycle. Turnage sets five texts by poets Benjamin Zephaniah, Emily Dickinson, Warsan Shire, Brian Bilston and W H Auden, exploring what it means to be a refugee now and through the ages.
Refugee is performed alongside works by composers that Turnage counts among his major musical influences; including his teacher and mentor, the late Oliver Knussen. The concert opens with Tippett’s five-movement re-imagining of the traditional English tune, ‘Sellinger’s Round’, rich with quotations from music by Gibbons, Purcell, Arne, Field and Sullivan; and Allan Clayton returns for Britten’s final song cycle, the evocative Nocturne for tenor, seven solo instruments and strings.
Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Refugee forms part of Britten Sinfonia’s Musically Gifted campaign. See Mark-Anthony Turnage’s page for details of how you can receive signed scores, free tickets and even meet the composer.