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Festival Details - "Lessons from the Past"...

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

A world premiere by Luke Bedford brings voices from the literary past into the present, with the London Sinfonietta.

British tenor Mark Padmore joins the orchestra in the intimate setting of Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall.

‘I begin with the desire to speak to the dead,’ wrote literary critic Stephen Greenblatt. Composer Luke Bedford found the idea deeply intriguing: ‘Here, staring straight at me, was the starting point of a new work.’

His new work, In the Voices of the Living draws on the words of Petrarch, James Joyce, Giacomo Leopardi and Shakespeare.

It asks how we can learn from the past and use this wisdom to tackle the challenges of today.

Following the success of Mark Padmore’s collaboration with London Sinfonietta in the 2017 commission of Tansy Davies’ Cave, the tenor returns to weave Bedford’s songs into a concert inspired by the composer’s thematic approach.

Tom Service from BBC Radio 3 said of Bedford’s 2006 London Sinfonietta commission that it was ‘one of the most outstanding pieces by any composer I’ve ever experienced.’

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