Elgar Cello Concerto & Tippett A Child of Our Time

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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