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Sunday 24 November 2013, 7.30pm

Britten Centenary Weekend: Aldeburgh Strings

Aldeburgh Strings
Allan Clayton tenor
Richard Watkins horn
Markus Däunert director

Purcell arr. Britten Chacony
Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge; Serenade for tenor, horn and strings
Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten

Landmarks in the composer’s output and some of the richest of any music in the string repertoire – a Serenade, variations ancient and modern, tributes to a teacher, to a musical hero and a memorial from composer who never met Britten. The centrepiece is the first flowering of a remarkable musical partnership – some of the first – and greatest – music Britten wrote for his almost life-long muse and partner, the iconic Serenade sung here by the brilliant young British tenor Allan Clayton. Purcell and Pärt work their magic by varying the simplest of source material, and in his own variations, Britten crafts what many consider his first recognisable masterpiece – a dazzling, witty, affectionate homage to his teacher and mentor, Frank Bridge. Fittingly, it is the flagship string ensemble 33 of the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme’s that brings us to the end of a year of celebration.

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Pre-performance event Serenade

Aldeburgh Young Musicians Alumni, composer Alex Woolf and horn player Alexei Watkins have developed a new piece inspired by Britten’s iconic song cycle. In this premiere performance of the Woolf Serenade, young string players come together from AYM and the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme. Snape 6.30pm Tickets Free admission but please book


Booking information

This performance is part of our Autumn-Winter 2013 season.

Priority Booking dates are as follows:

Annual Donors Friday 17 May until Monday 3 June

Friends Booking Tuesday 4 June

Advance Booking List (including e-ABL) Wednesday 19 June

General Booking Tuesday 2 July

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