Music on the Meare
Join us for a short indoor concert followed by a vintage bus journey to the water of Thorpeness Meare, where you can relax in a rowing boat to hear a magical moment in Aldeburgh Festival heritage recreated.
Friday 23 June, 4pmFrom £12.50 to £25.00
Part of the Aldeburgh Festival season
Programme to include:
Britten Six Metamorphoses after Ovid 13’
Helen Grime Arachne 4’
Huw Watkins Callisto 3’
Mark Simpson Windflower 3’
And world premieres of new works for solo oboe by Joanna Lee, Huang Ruo and Sean Shepherd 10’
Nicholas Daniel oboe
Sophie Hunter narrator
Join us for a short indoor concert followed by a vintage bus journey to the water of Thorpeness Meare, where you can relax in a rowing boat to hear a magical moment in Aldeburgh Festival heritage recreated. Every world premiere is a thrill but each one presents its challenges – some more than others. One can only imagine oboist Joy Boughton’s genteel resistance when Britten persuaded her to give the first performances of his miniature character pieces Six Metamorphoses after Ovid as part of his ‘Music on the Meare’ concerts in the early 1950s. Nicholas Daniel gamely recreates this moment of Aldeburgh Festival history, performing them in the same location again nearly seven decades after this waterborne recital. We are transported there by vintage bus and form a flotilla of spectators in rowing boats out on the Meare.
But first, a new set of six companion pieces are unveiled indoors, all taking Ted Hughes’ Tales from Ovid as their inspiration and illuminated by readings from sources as diverse as Dryden, Hughes and Kenneth Grahame.