Sunday 15 December 2013
Peter Grimes is a fisherman; an outsider in a close-knit community of misfits. When his young apprentice dies “in accidental circumstances”, the fact that a court clears him of guilt does not stop the rumours. Britten’s searing masterpiece pits the individual against society and leaves the audience to decide the true character of the opera’s eponymous anti-hero.
Grimes not only launched Britten’s international career, it lit the blue touch-paper for a renaissance of British opera, the effects of which are still being felt nearly seventy years after the work’s premiere.
An international cast of stunning soloists is led by Daniel Norman, who electrified Cambridge audiences as Candide in 2011, and whose latest disc of Britten songs is released this autumn.
“I hear those voices that will not be drowned.” Peter Grimes
“A sterling performance by Daniel Norman in the title role.” Daily Telegraph
Date: Sunday 15th December 2013
Place: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Conductor: Timothy Redmond
Tickets: £15 £20 £25 £30 (students and under-18s £10 on the door) Online here or from the Corn Exchange Box Office.
Notes for editors
Cambridge Philharmonic, founded in 1887, is one of Britain’s oldest and most distinguished music societies. With a full symphony orchestra and a large chorus, the Cambridge Philharmonic presents an annual concert series in King’s College Chapel, Ely Cathedral and the West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.
Cambridge Philharmonic works with an enviable roster of soloists, including in recent seasons, instrumentalists such as Natalie Clein, Alison Balsom, Mark Simpson and Martin Roscoe and singers Joan Rodgers, Emma Bell, Roderick Williams and Jacques Imbrailo. This has been a long tradition of the Philharmonic and in previous decades, artists including Philip Langridge, Peter Pears, Philip Jones and Kathleen Ferrier all performed with the society. Principal and guest conductors have included Sir David Willcocks, Stephen Cleobury, Raymond Leppard and Thomas Adès.
Under their current principal conductor and music director, Timothy Redmond, the Cambridge Philharmonic has developed and expanded its repertoire to include annual opera performances, family concerts and a focus on contemporary music. Critically-acclaimed performances of repertoire as diverse as Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Bernstein’s Candide, Verdi’s La Traviata and Mahler’s Second Symphony have given the Cambridge Philharmonic a profile that extends far beyond its home town.
In addition to its regular performances in the UK, the Cambridge Philharmonic has appeared at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and Prague’s Rudolfinum Concert Hall. The Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra reached an even wider audience when they recorded Ryan Teague’s album Coins and Crosses, which has been featured on BBC radio and TV and heard on radio stations worldwide.
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