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“The British Britten and The Second English Renaissance”

Venue: Caversham Room at Cadogan Hall


Alex Haigh
Natalie Burch

The great success of European Romantic composers encouraged a “Renaissance” of English music, especially vocal music towards the end of the 20th century. Interest in British folk music was expanded through the work of Cecil Sharp, Ralph Vaughan Williams and others; until it gradually became incorporated into British “classical” music.

The highest point of the English musical “Renaissance” began around 1900, and many great art songs were composed in England before the First World War, but a second great era for song composition occurred between the wars, in the years 1920-1938. It was in this second renaissance that Benjamin Britten shone brightest, influencing everything from opera to the revitalisation of music education.

Alex will wend his way over the hills and follies of merry England’s musical history, from Purcell to Madeline Dring, providing proof that Britten is a Britton we can be proud of.

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Concert Duration:
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