Britain after Britten - a lecture recital
10:30 AM10:30

Britain after Britten - a lecture recital

accompanied by Natalie Burch

‘We never seem to get over looking for the next Benjamin Britten. It’s a stupid game’ - Robert Saxton, Professor of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and teacher of Thomas Ades.

Benjamin Britten famously only had one student. Despite this, his legacy remains unavoidable for the contemporary British composer, with the premiere of Peter Grimes in 1945 kickstarting a revival of the British opera scene. This lecture will look at different forms of British opera post Peter Grimes, featuring both composers who revered Britten and those who tried to escape his shadow. We will begin with works created in Britten’s lifetime by Vaughan Williams and Tippett, and continuing to explore right up to works of this decade by George Benjamin and Roxanna Panufnik.

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Final Recital
2:50 PM14:50

Final Recital

with Alice Turner (piano), Katherine Clarke (viola), Isha Crichlow (clarinet)


  • Handel - With Darkness Deep (Theodora)
  • Schumann - Die Meerfee; Aufträge
  • Grieg - En Svane; Våren; Ein Traum
  • Berg - Die Nachtigall; Im Zimmer
  • Strauss - Kornblumen; All mein Gedanken
  • Melkonian - excerpts from 'Four Middle Eastern songs'
  • Laitman - excerpts from 'I never saw another butterfly'
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FOCUS: the Solo Voice
1:00 PM13:00

FOCUS: the Solo Voice

as part of the 2021 concerts residency at Borough New Music

Stephen Barchan: Two Songs About Spiders
Warwick Blair: Lie With Me
Elliott Carter: La Musique
Alex Gowan-Webster: Cantio Invocatione (WORLD PREMIERE)
Oliver Knussen: Four Late Poems and an Epigram of Rainer Maria Rilke
Judith Weir: King Harald's Saga 


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