Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Milton Court
Silk St


John WoolrichThree Songs by Purcell (arrangement)
John WoolrichItalian Songs by Wolf (arrangement)
Igor StravinskyEight Instrumental Miniatures
John WoolrichUlysses Awakes
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartPer pietà, non ricercate, K.420
Igor StravinskyDumbarton Oaks
John WoolrichViolin Concerto


Duncan Ward – Conductor
Joshua Bell – violin

Britten Sinfonia

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Programme Note

There’s nothing like planning someone else’s party and tonight Britten Sinfonia is enjoying the celebrations for the 60th birthday of their close friend, collaborator, distinguished composer and programmer, John Woolrich. It’s a party befitting a key figure on the British music scene whose own take on Purcell and Wolf involves young soprano Sophie Bevan, who also brings a present of Mozart to the evening too. Woolrich himself is inspired by Monteverdi in his piece Ulysses Awakes for solo viola (Britten Sinfonia’s Clare Finnimore) and strings. There’s playful Stravinsky and, finally, the main birthday present, the London premiere of Woolrich’s dynamic yet warmly lyrical Violin Concerto assured of a memorable performance by Britten Sinfonia’s Associate Leader Thomas Gould.

Free pre-concert event with Britten Sinfonia Academy - Milton Court Concert Hall, 6.15pm
The young musicians of Britten Sinfonia Academy take to the stage in this pre-concert event featuring pieces by John Woolrich alongaside a discussion with the composer. 
Free to ticket holders. 

Part of Britten Sinfonia 2014–2015

Promoted by Britten Sinfonia

Part of Britten Sinfonia multibuy

John Woolrich at 60

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