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The Golden Vanity

Britten’s spirited seaborne ‘vaudeville’, performed alongside pieces from Snape Maltings’ international singing project Friday Afternoons.

Saturday 17 June, 11am

From £5.00 to £20.00

Part of the Aldeburgh Festival season

Programme to include:

Britten The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard 10’
Luke Styles New works for Friday Afternoons 25’ (Snape Maltings commission, world premiere)

Selections from Friday Afternoons commissions 2014‑2016 15’ –
Jonathan Dove The Little Girl of Rain
Arr John Woolrich The Devil and the Ploughman
Nico Muhly Young and Old
Britten The Ash Grove
Dove Mad Moon

Britten The Golden Vanity 25’


Cambiata Voices of the National Youth Boys’ Choir
Greg Hallam conductor
Boys of The Schola Cantorum of The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School

Scott Price conductor
Jubilee Opera
Denni Sayers director
Ben Parry conductor

In English folk song Britten found a rich seam of inspiration. Two traditional dark-hued ballads bookend the programme. His spirited seaborne ‘vaudeville’ The Golden Vanity – premiered in the second ever concert in this hall 50 years ago – is a morality tale of the outsider against the crowd and bears more than a passing allusion to Billy Budd.

Britten’s writing for children endured from his earliest works to his very last. Its spirit lives on in Friday Afternoons, a legacy of the Britten centenary encouraging young people to sing. Cambiata Voices, the young adult voices of the National Youth Boys’ Choir, present a selection of previous songs from the project. They’re set alongside the first performance of the 2017 commissions – in Luke Styles’ imaginative miniatures the fantastical is melded with the mundane in a child’s view of an adult world.