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Concerts

BRITTEN SINFONIA WITH GUY JOHNSTON: THE PROTECTING VEIL

Performers

Guy Johnston
cello
Thomas Gould
violin / director
Britten Sinfonia

Programme

Beethoven
Grosse Fuge Op.133
Bartók
Divertimento for Strings
Interval
Tavener
The Protecting Veil

Star cellist is the soloist in John Tavener's The Protecting Veil

The opportunity to experience John Tavener’s intensely beautiful The Protecting Veil is not to be missed. “One of the later 20th century’s most beloved and moving works” (Gramophone magazine), this timeless classic is full of intimacy and emotion.

One of the very few cellists to have worked with Sir John Tavener, Guy Johnston is the soloist and central character, transcendent amidst Britten Sinfonia’s heady layers of sound.

In the first half Britten Sinfonia performs Bartók’s compelling, mood-shifting Divertimento, written on the eve of WWII, and a string orchestra version of Beethoven’s legendary contrapuntal work-out for string quartet.

“A handful of cellists internationally were able to consult John on how their performance could adapt and take on the challenge of The Protecting Veil’s new sound-world. Guy Johnston was able to absorb John’s vision by this personal contact. He brings that depth and experience with his exquisite playing into 2024 and beyond. Guy Johnston and the Britten Sinfonia: ideal.”
Lady Maryanna Tavener

Listen to the opening of The Protecting Veil

Watch Guy Johnston perform John Tavener's Chant for solo cello

Change of soloist:
Please note that this event was originally advertised with Abel Selaocoe as the soloist. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen family circumstances, Abel has had to withdraw from the performances. We are delighted that Guy Johnston is able to step in to replace him.