Britten Sinfonia II

Sat 26 June, 3pm & 7pm

Part of Summer at Snape

Music by Purcell and Elgar, and first performances of pieces by featured composer Tansy Davies, John Woolrich, and Colin Matthews' new arrangement of a Britten song.

Following Purcell’s Chaconne, a work Britten loved, John Woolrich’s piece for trumpet and chamber orchestra is inspired by Purcell’s The Fairy-Queen. Colin Matthews has arranged three songs from Britten’s 1947 song cycle Charm of Lullabies, transcribing the piano part for string orchestra, giving additional colour to these characterful settings. One of Elgar’s most regularly performed pieces, Serenade is full of youthful charm and lyricism, reasons for its enduring appeal.



Kathryn Rudge mezzo-soprano
Matilda Lloyd trumpet
Britten Sinfonia
Sian Edwards conductor

Purcell arr. Britten Chaconne (7′)
John Woolrich (after Purcell) Hark! The echoing air (world premiere, 9′)
Britten arr. Matthews Charm of Lullabies: Cradle Song (world premiere); Highland Balou; Nurse’s song (10’)
Tansy Davies Monolith: I extend my arms (Britten Pears Arts commission, world premiere, 17′)
Elgar Serenade (13′)

Concert length: approx. 70 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