Poetry and Music: Who Are These Children?

Friday 14 Jun 2019 10:30pm

Part of Aldeburgh Festival

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Mark Padmore tenor
Andrew West piano
Don Paterson poet
Introduced by Kate Kennedy

Britten Who are These Children? [Soutar]

Composed in 1969, Who are these children? sets poems by the 20th-century Scottish poet William Soutar – eight brief children’s rhymes in Scots dialect, and four ‘English’ howls of protest at the callousness and violence of the adult world and the suffering it causes to the innocent. The childish wordplay of the Scots songs is brilliantly caught by Britten, contrasting powerfully with the Blakean intensity and compassion of the English songs.

Main image by Marco Borggreve