Music in the Round

Celebrating Britten

John Mark Ainsley & Ensemble 360

BRITTEN Canticle I: My beloved is mine Op.40
BRITTEN Winter Words: Lyrics and Ballads of Thomas Hardy Op.52
BRITTEN Canticle III: Still Falls the Rain – the Raids, 1940, Night and Dawn Op.55
BUTTERWORTH With rue my heart is laden
E J MOERAN Twilight
BRIDGE Journey’s End
FINZI Fear no more the heat o’ the sun Op.18 No.3

We are delighted to welcome internationally renowned tenor John Mark Ainsley in a recital featuring pieces with horn, string quartet and piano. Few singers can match his combination of intensity and sheer beauty of tone, while his performances of music by Britten have attracted worldwide acclaim.

Here John Mark performs three songs by Britten, whose centenary we celebrate this year, alongside pieces by fellow British composers, including Vaughan Williams ’s great song cycle On Wenlock Edge. Its unusual scoring for tenor, piano and string quartet is used to evoke vivid imagery from its text, A E Housman’s A Shropshire Lad. It is in this piece that Vaughan Williams truly found his individual voice, and it is an outstanding contribution to English song.

Pre-concert Talk, 6.45pm: Dr. Lucy Walker , Director of Learning and Development at the Britten-Pears Foundation, discusses Britten’s attraction to particular texts and poets, with specific reference to pieces performed in tonight’s concert. Tickets are free but booking is required: click here.

Post-concert Q&A: A chance to ask John Mark Ainsley your questions.

*All bookings made at the Box Office (excluding cash) are subject to a £1.50 transaction fee. Bookings made online are subject to a £1.00 fee. For more details, please click here

Thu 16 May 7:45pm £5.00 - £15.00*


Located within the Crucible building, the Studio Theatre has a flexible design allowing the seating to be adjusted to play on one, two or three sides or in the round. Seating in the Studio is unreserved.
The Studio hosts a mix of small-scale in-house and touring productions, as well as hosting the acclaimed Ensemble 360's tri-annual Music in the Round Festival.

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