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The Turner Ensemble plays Britten

Tue 23 Jul 2013, 18.30-19.30

Entrance Hall, British Library

Free, no booking required

Free drop-in for 23 Jul 2013, 18.30-19.30

For this unique recital The Turner Ensemble will perform key works by Britten alongside pieces by Frank Bridge, Britten's composition teacher for whom he had great admiration and affection. 

The Turner Ensemble is the brainchild of a group of distinguished principal players from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

The Turner Ensemble chose the name of the artist JMW Turner because of his universal lyricism of colour, light and space, and for the inspirational way in which his work is rooted both in the past and the present.  The Ensemble’s future plans include commissioning a trilogy of compositions inspired by Turner’s paintings. The first composer to be commissioned is Peter Fribbins. Known for the flexibility and adventurousness of its programming, the Ensemble’s debut recital combined two exquisite harp-based pieces (Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro and Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane) with Fauré’s C minor Piano Quartet and Janáček’s Concertino for piano, strings and wind. Later concerts in this trailblazing series will include masterpieces by Rihm, Brahms, Schoenberg, Schumann and Beethoven.

This event is part of Britten 100, celebrating the centenary of Benjamin Britten in 2013