Streamed concert: New Music Britain


Watch on Marquee TV

Thu 30 Sep 2021 7.00pm - 9.20pm

Purcell Remember not, Lord, our offences
Julian Anderson
Two movements 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 ‡
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey
chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra


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

Tradition is about the present – and the future – as well as the past. Sir Simon Rattle opens our new season on Marquee TV 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 two movements from a new choral work by Julian Anderson, inspired by the poetry of exile. Not what you might expect …

Concert generously sponsored by DnaNudge

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* Julian Anderson's Exiles is commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Commission generously supported by Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.

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Concert Programme

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