In this centenary year celebrating Britten and his music, this concert presents a choice selection of the composer’s orchestral work and influences, featuring a 1936 commission from the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Our Hunting Fathers was described by the composer as ‘my real opus 1’, setting words by WH Auden for tenor soloist and orchestra, exploring (what would become) a familiar theme throughout Britten’s song setting – man’s inhumanity to man.
A sea theme bookends the programme, opening with a work by Britten’s tutor Frank Bridge, and closing with Britten’s best-known orchestral work – the ‘Four Sea Interludes’ from his opera Peter Grimes.
Forthcoming Britten centenary concerts:
Feb 06 2014, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Nicholas Collon conducts Britten's 'Four Sea Interludes' from Peter Grimes, Adès's Violin Concerto and Vaughan Williams's Symphony No. 6