CORONAVIRUS: currently, all theatres and related venues are closed. Shows are either being cancelled, postponed or rescheduled and we are trying to keep up with all the changes. There are currently few changes after May 2020 and many shows that were due for April have been pushed back towards the end of Autumn. Pantomimes are looking like a safe bet at the moment ;-)
Britten Five Flower Songs; Choral Dances from Gloriana; A Garland for the Queen (1953); Six Madrigals from The Triumphs of Oriana (1601) ?Long live fair Oriana! A remarkable compilation of madrigals apparently in homage to the young Elizabeth I are echoed by a collection to celebrate the coronation of Elizabeth II (including music by Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Ireland, and Tippett). Britten s own operatic contribution to the coronation celebrations include these delightful choral miniatures; 20th-century madrigals crammed with vitality and a rustic charm. His affectionate wedding anniversary tribute opens the programme, completing a quartet of celebratory collections spanning three and a half centuries. ConductorBen Parry.