The Brass Event focuses on four anniversary composers, marking a hundred years since the births of Benjamin Britten and Witold Lutosławski, and fifty years since the deaths of Francis Poulenc and Paul Hindemith. While their anniversaries coincide in a way that is purely fortuitous, it so happens that Britten had close ties with the other three: he was a close friend of Poulenc, a notable supporter of Lutosławski (whom he brought twice to his Aldeburgh Festival) and was strongly influenced by Hindemith, less stylistically perhaps than in the concern to create ‘music for use’ in education and in the community.
Works by all four are scattered throughout the Event, and we are especially delighted to be able to programme (by kind permission of the Britten–Pears Foundation) two occasional fanfares by Benjamin Britten that are being played publicly in their original scoring for the first time since their premieres: the Fanfare for the SS Oriana (1960) and the Fanfare for David Webster (1970). The concert by the London Sinfonietta, on the other hand, commemorates the tenth anniversary of the death of Luciano Berio in 2003, with performances of Call for brass quintet, and Sequenza V for trombone, the latter featured also in the Sinfonietta masterclass along with Sequenza X for solo trumpet.
Tribute is paid to all five anniversary figures in our series of foyer fanfares, specially composed for this Event by leading UK-based composers, including Gary Carpenter, Robert Fokkens, Michael Zev Gordon, Peter Meechan, William Mival, Christian Morris, Christopher Painter, Lucy Pankhurst, Anthony Powers and Kit Turnbull. These are designed to act as interval bells, surprising our audiences before, after or at the mid-point of our programmed performances.
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