Britten Sinfonia I

Fri 25 June, 3pm & 7pm

Part of Summer at Snape

A programme centred around the unique sound world of John Tavener, including the posthumous world premiere of one of his last works, and a piece inspired by geological time frames by featured composer Tansy Davies.

Tavener’s evocative late work La Noche Oscura receives its first performance and his haunting Mother of God, in a ravishing string version, opens the concert. Solomon was Tavener’s favourite work by Handel, and his Reliquary is a ‘humble tribute to Handel based on a misremembered quote’.

Tansy Davies’ Dune of Footprints was inspired by walking on and being transfixed by the compressed sand and rock of the Cave of Niaux in south-western France. Davies writes that the experience triggered thoughts about ‘the flows of energy that had shaped the dune; the natural force of water over aeons of time, and the rhythm of human footfall over thousands of years’.


Andrew Watts counter tenor
Nicholas Daniel, Lorraine Hart
Britten Sinfonia
Sian Edwards conductor

Tavener Mother of God here I stand (3′)
Britten arr. Matthews Temporal Variations (15′)
Handel What though I trace each herb and flower (4’)
Tavener Little Reliquary for GFH (7’)
Tansy Davies Dune of Footprints (15′)
Britten Two Metamorphoses (6′)
Tavener La Noche Oscura (world premiere) (9’)

Concert length: approx. 60 minutes, with no interval


Tickets for these concerts go on sale at 10am on Saturday 15 May.


Your safety and that of our artists and staff is our top priority and so some things will be different to what you’re used to. Key changes are:

  • Reduced capacity in the Concert Hall, with socially distant seating.
  • Shorter performances with no interval.
  • Audience members will need to wear face-coverings (unless they are exempt as per the Government’s guidelines).
  • No printed material – no tickets, programmes, or programme notes.
  • Clear signs and helpful staff to make your visit straightforward.
  • Regular and thorough cleaning, with hand sanitiser for you.

Read the full Covid-safe concert information