Season Launch: New Music Britain


Autumn 2021 Season

Sun 12 Sep 2021 7.00pm - 8.45pm
Barbican Hall, London

Tippett Praeludium
Remember not, Lord, our offences
Julian Anderson
Le 3 mai and Tsiyon from 'Exiles' (world premiere) * †
Judith Weir Natural History †
Vaughan Williams A Pastoral Symphony (Symphony No 3) †
Maxwell Davies An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise ‡

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Lucy Crowe soprano †
Robert Jordan bagpipes ‡
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra

* Commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Bayerischer Rundfunk.

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Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.

Generously supported by Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.

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Tradition is about the present – and the future – as well as the past. Sir Simon Rattle opens our new season with a concert that spans 100 years of British music.

When Ralph Vaughan Williams conceived his Pastoral Symphony, it wasn’t the misty fields of an imaginary England that inspired him. He was in France, on the Western Front – where the sound of a distant trumpet unlocked a vision vast enough to transcend the noise (if not the anguish) of the First World War.

But then, British music has never conformed to easy stereotypes. In this opening concert of our new season, Judith Weir reads ancient Taoist poetry, and finds ideas of radical simplicity. Peter Maxwell Davies attends an all-night party (and finds a bracing hangover cure) on his adopted home of Orkney. And because music never stands still, Sir Simon Rattle introduces the world premiere of a new choral work by Julian Anderson, inspired by the poetry of exile. Not what you might expect …

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In an addition to early listings, this concert will now include Michael Tippett’s Praeludium and Henry Purcell’s Remember not, Lord, our offences. The concert is expected to end at approximately 8.45pm.

Posted Fri 30 Jul 2021