Britten Serenade for tenor, horn and strings

6 & 8 June 2023

Concert Dates

6 June 2023 - 7:30 pm

St George's Bristol

8 June 2023 - 7:30 pm

Cadogan Hall, London

Tonight the Bath Festival Orchestra goes back to its roots, recreating one of its original programmes which was conducted by Michael Tippett with concertmaster Yehudi Menuhin, the founder of the orchestra.

That concert featured Tippet’s Concertante on a Theme of Corelli, a seductive, radiant piece that climbs from darkness to light, alongside the hugely influential concerto grosso that inspired it. Completing the original programme was Britten’s breakthrough piece Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, an affectionate musical portrait of his much-admired teacher.

And to that original line-up tonight’s concert adds two pieces, giving a pleasingly symmetrical arch to this celebration of English classical music’s mid-century modern heyday. Britten’s Serenade, with its haunting prelude and prologue for solo horn, is an evocative setting of poems about the night as bringer of both tranquillity and malevolence. And at the heart of the programme is Suite for Strings by Britten’s contemporary and friend Elizabeth Maconchy.

  • Britten
    Serenade for horn, tenor & strings
  • Corelli
    Concerto Grosso In F Major Op. 6, No. 2
  • Elizabeth Maconchy
    Suite for Strings in E minor
  • Tippett
    Fantasia Concertante On A Theme Of Corelli
  • Britten
    Variations On A Theme Of Frank Bridge

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