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Saturday 23 November 2013, 5.45pm

Britten Centenary Weekend: Saint Nicolas

The Suffolk Ensemble
Jubilee Opera Chorus
Aldeburgh Voices
Alan Oke tenor
David Briggs Children’s Chorus conductor
Ben Parry conductor

June 1948, and the opening concert of the first Aldeburgh Festival culminates in the premiere of a new cantata from Britten, written for a mix of professional musicians, children’s voices and the community to perform. From these disparate forces Britten fuses a wondrous alchemy: Saint Nicolas – the story of one of Christianity’s most revered figures – is an affecting and dramatic concert work to launch his new Festival and makes a huge impression on enthusiasts and sceptics alike. Solemnity and grandeur are leavened with music of tenderness, quirky high spirits and theatrical masterstrokes – including a singing role for the audience. And at a stroke it seems to embody Britten’s artistic credo and vision for his new Festival – a musical community where composer, audience and performer all take an active part.

Appropriately, Saint Nicolas was written for a centenary celebration and this performance features Aldeburgh Music’s own chamber choir, and a hand-picked ensemble that is a remarkable collection of Suffolk-based professional orchestral players.

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3

Aldeburgh Parish Church

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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