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CANCELLED: Nash Ensemble

Saturday 13 June 11am (ends approx. 1pm)

Artist in Residence Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new ensemble song cycle is dedicated to the memory of his great friend, mentor (and owl fanatic) Oliver Knussen, whose own purely instrumental miniatures are like ghosts of unnamed poems, music of characteristic precision and lyrical elegance.

Colin Matthews sets words by Sidney Keyes, the English poet who died in action in the Second World War, while music from Debussy and Ravel envelop the programme in their cool but sensuous sound worlds.

In the light of the ongoing Coronavirus situation, it is with enormous sadness that we have to cancel the 2020 Aldeburgh Festival.

In these difficult times, our critical focus remains maintaining our vital work supporting artists and communities, and we rely on ticket sales and philanthropy to deliver the majority of this wide-ranging activity. We are living in uncertain times, but we know that music and the arts has the power to make positive change in people’s lives. When we emerge from this lockdown period, this mission will be more important than ever.

If you can, we’d be enormously grateful if you would make a donation to our vital work, which makes a deeply positive impact on thousands of lives every year. Together, we can combat the lasting impact of this virus by bringing the joy of music into people’s lives once again.

All of us at Snape Maltings thank you for your generous support during this uncertain time and wish you and those closest to you strength for the days to come.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Snape again soon.

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Nash Ensemble
Claire Booth soprano
Martyn Brabbins conductor

Debussy Sonata for flute, viola and harp 18’
Knussen Songs Without Voices 11’
Mark-Anthony Turnage Owl Songs 12’
Slide Stride 12’
Colin Matthews Seascapes 13’ (world premiere, Aldeburgh Festival commission)
Ravel Introduction and Allegro 12’