Poetry and Music: Who Are These Children?

Fri 14 Jun 10:30pm

From £5.00 to £18.00

Aldeburgh Church

Part of Aldeburgh Festival

Friday 14 June 2019 - 10.30pm

Priority booking for Annual Donors from Tuesday 15 January, Friends from Tuesday 29 January, and Advanced Booking list (including e-ABL) from Tuesday 12 February. General booking opens on Tuesday 19 February at 10am. Find out more about joining us and priority booking.

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