BRITTEN WEEKEND Snape Maltings October 27 & 28
Britten Weekend 2017 is all about Benjamin Britten’s early professional career writing music for radio drama. Beginning with King Arthur when he was just 23, he produced nearly 30 scores, many of which are now lost – music for serialised adaptations, one-off dramas, even wartime propaganda series produced on both sides of the Atlantic.
The weekend focuses on his collaboration with the poet and playwright Louis MacNeice. It includes works by Britten and others written specifically for broadcasts, and the concert pieces they later became.
In association with BBC Radio 3, who will record the weekend for future broadcast, there is a panel discussion exploring the history and development of radio drama, and Aldeburgh young composers present original music written for radio.
The weekend: October 27 & 28, Orford Church, The Dark Tower, an iconic radio play broadcast live by the BBC in 1946 and acknowledged to be the finest of MacNeice’s works for radio. October 28, 3pm, Britten Studio, Radio 3’s Free Thinking arts programme. October 28, 6pm, Peter Pears Recital Room, new music for radio by Aldeburgh Young Musicians. October 28, 7.30pm, Concert Hall, BBC Concert Orchestra, from radio to the concert hall.
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