Dives & Lazarus
Five variants on Dives & Lazarus
The Company of Heaven
As part of the continuation of Britten Sinfonia and Mark Padmore’s series ‘Serenading Lincs’, the orchestra are joined by the choir of Grimsby Minster with young singers and performers from DRET academy schools across Lincolnshire in a celebration of quintessentially English music and verse exploring one of Britten’s lesser-known works, The Company of Heaven, alongside the works of his forefathers and contemporaries Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gerald Finzi. Originally written as incidental music for a BBC Radio programme in 1937 and punctuated with texts by the likes of John Milton, Christina Rossetti, Emily Brontë, and William Blake, The Company of Heaven was not given its first concert performance until the 1989 Aldeburgh Festival, but is nevertheless a stirring and contemplative expression of faith, and love.
Part of Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival 2019.