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Britten Sinfonia Perform Divertimento – 9 April 2013

Britten Sinfonia players (c) Harry Rankin

Britten Sinfonia players (c) Harry Rankin

Jacqueline ShaveMiranda Dale violins
Clare Finnimore viola
Caroline Dearnley cello
Nicholas Daniel oboe
Lucy Wakeford harp

Britten Six Metamorphoses after Ovid
Britten Tema ‘Sacher’
Bridge Two Old English Songs
Ryan Latimer OPUS 2013 commission Divertimento (World première tour)*
Britten Suite for Harp
Bridge Sir Roger de Coverley

Britten Sinfonia’s principals close this commemorative series with a showcase including Britten’s solo works.  Featured is Britten’s rarely performed Suite for Harp and oboe masterpiece Six Metamorphoses after Ovid.  No retrospective would be complete without the man who so profoundly influenced Britten’s musical development: Bridge’s Two Old English Songs and Sir Roger de Coverley are two of his most-loved works and show Bridge’s exemplary writing for strings. The winner of Britten Sinfonia’s open composition competition Opus 2013 receives its premiere.

*co-commissioned by Wigmore Hall and Britten Sinfonia