Season Ticket bookings available from 22/03/18
General Ticket bookings available 30/04/18
In the midst of darkness so dense that you can almost touch it, there’s a flash of light, a shower of sparks – and Stravinsky’s The Firebird explodes brilliantly into life, giving a musical voice to a revolutionary generation. This was an era of strong emotions, so if you thought Vaughan Williams’s music was merely pastoral, think again, as tenor David Webb sings the orchestral version of On Wenlock Edge: music of shimmering colour, swept by a desperate passion. For our charismatic young guest conductor Ben Gernon, it’s a natural complement to Stravinsky’s dark fairytale, while a poignant miniature from 1913 by Vaughan Williams’s great friend George Butterworth hints at a world that might have been.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Writer and broadcaster Dr Kate Kennedy explores the impact of AE Housman (author of On Wenlock Edge) and wartime music.
The Banks of Green Willow
On Wenlock Edge
The Firebird (complete ballet)
David Webb tenor
Ben Gernon conductor
Concert ends at approx. 9.15pm