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Event Information:

  • Sat
    25
    Aug
    2018

    Elgar Cello Concerto & Tippett A Child of Our Time

    7:30 pmThe Nave, Southwell Minster

    Sheku Kanneh-Mason

    Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Photo: Nick Rutter

    Following his sell-out solo recital last year, the Festival is proud to present the brilliant Sheku Kanneh-Mason playing the most famous concerto in the cello repertoire.

    Michael Tippett, a confirmed pacifist who was to become one of Britain’s leading composers of the 20th century, began writing A Child of Our Time on 3 September 1939 – the day Britain declared war on Germany. It was a response to fascism and European disunity – an attack on racial prejudice, bigotry and xenophobia whose message is as relevant today as it was nearly 80 years ago. In a work of originality and great beauty, for which the composer wrote both words and music, Tippett uses five spirituals to underline his message: these 19th-century American slave songs transcend time and place to express the two extremes of the human condition – desolation and hope, and remind us of our common humanity.

    Edward Elgar Cello Concerto
    Michael Tippett A Child of Our Time

    Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello
    Susanna Hurrell soprano
    Madeleine Shaw mezzo soprano
    Andrew Tortise tenor
    Roland Wood baritone

    Festival Voices
    Festival Sinfonia
    Marcus Farnsworth conductor

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