Wednesday 3 November 2021 7:30PM

In the Locked Room

Britten and Huw Watkins


Download the PDF programme and song sheet/translations here. Reproduction and distribution is strictly prohibited.

Change of Artist:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Simon Bode (tenor) has had to withdraw from the above concert. We are grateful to James Gilchrist (tenor) for stepping in as a replacement.

The programme remains the same.


  • Huw Watkins piano
  • Ruby Hughes soprano
  • Jess Dandy contralto
  • James Gilchrist tenor
  • Henk Neven baritone
  • Britten Sinfonia
  • Andrew Gourlay conductor
  • Michael McCarthy stage director

In the Locked Room:

Ella and her husband Stephen rent a holiday apartment on the coast owned by Susan. Ella discovers that a locked room in the house is rented by a poet – Ben Pascoe – whose work holds a deep fascination for her. The room is reserved for Pascoe although he rarely visits. Ella’s obsession with Pascoe grows in parallel with the progress of Stephen’s biggest financial deals and the boundaries between fact and fantasy begin to blur.

  • Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
      • Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac Op. 51
  • Huw Watkins (b.1976)
      • Echo for soprano and piano (Texts by Rossetti, Dickinson, Larkin, Yeats and Harsent)
  • Interval
  • Huw Watkins
      • In the Locked Room (a one-act opera) Libretto by David Harsent based on a short story by Thomas Hardy
        • [1]
  1. commissioned by Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera

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