Henry Purcell – The Eternal Inspiration (performance 2*)

Henry Purcell Fantasia upon one note
Mark-Anthony Turnage Two Baudelaire Songs
Henry Purcell A selection of songs arr. Britten
Thomas Adès Catch
Oliver Knussen …upon one note – after Henry Purcell
Benjamin Britten String Quartet No.2, Op. 36

The 17th century English composer Henry Purcell was the outstanding musical figure of his age and his genius has inspired composers ever since. This journey through Purcell’s musical inspiration begins with his remarkable Fantasia upon one note and ends with Benjamin Britten’s second string quartet written “in homage to Henry Purcell”: the epic finale of this major piece of 20th century chamber music is a theme and variations entitled “Chacony” – the old English word used by Purcell to describe a particular kind of variation movement. In between is a sequence of beautiful and theatrical works by younger British composers.

Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists
Alison Rose
James Baillieu, Libby Burgess piano

Tickets £25
Concession 18 years and under £10


The concert will be complemented by a free introductory talk by the
composer John Casken, Emeritus Professor of Music at the University
of Manchester, at 6.45pm. The talk is available to the audience from both performances.