Festival Opening Concert

Friday 12 June 7.30pm (ends approx. 9.45pm)

From £7.50 to £40.00

St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

Part of Aldeburgh Festival

Friday 12 June 2020 - 7.30pm

For the first time in more than 50 years the festival opens away from the Suffolk coast, celebrating the 1,000th anniversary of Bury St Edmunds Abbey.

Following Britten’s fanfare, written especially for this magnificent cathedral, we begin to weave this year’s musical tapestry with many of the threads to be picked up across the 17 days.

The music of Artists in Residence Cassandra Miller and Mark-Anthony Turnage is performed alongside two of Britten’s most sensuous pieces, matched by Elgar’s gorgeous piece for strings.

The programme is completed by a further string orchestra work by Tom Coult – whose opera we premiere the following night – and the posthumous world premiere of one of John Tavener’s final works.

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Britten Sinfonia
Ian Bostridge tenor
Martin Owen horn
Clare Hammond piano
Nicholas Daniel oboe
Andrew Watts countertenor
Doric Quartet
Ryan Wigglesworth conductor

Britten Fanfare for St Edmundsbury 2’
Purcell arr. Wigglesworth Fantasia Z738 5’
Tom Coult My Curves are Not Mad 15’
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings 25’
Cassandra Miller new work (world premiere, Aldeburgh Festival commission) 3’
Britten Young Apollo 10’
Mark-Anthony Turnage Lullaby for Hans 6’
Tavener La Noche Oscura (world premiere) 9’
Elgar Introduction and Allegro 14’