Wednesday 15 April 2020 3:00PM
Cancelled: Wigmore Study Group: Britten
In response to advice from Public Health England, Wigmore Hall will be closed from Tuesday 17 March. This event has therefore been cancelled.
Come and explore the song cycles of Benjamin Britten. ‘One of my chief aims,’ he wrote, ‘is to try to restore to the musical setting of the English Language a brilliance, freedom and vitality that have been curiously rare since the death of Purcell.’ Britten was courageous in expressing homosexual love through works such as the Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo. Later cycles show a preoccupation with sin and death (The Holy Sonnets of John Donne), the fragility of innocence in a corrupt world (Winter Words) and the disillusionment of middle age (Songs from the Chinese). These study afternoons are presented by composer Julian Philips, with pianist Laura Roberts, guest speakers and student performers from Guildhall School of Music & Drama.