- 6pm, Thursday 14 January - Friday 12 February 2021
- Bologne L’Amant anonyme: Overture, 10′
- Britten Les Illuminations , 23′
- Haydn Symphony No. 84 , 24′
“I alone hold the key to this wild parade!” And with a dazzling flourish, Benjamin Britten launched Les Illuminations: ten glittering, sensuous songs that sent sparks hurtling into the grey skies of 1940s England. Mary Bevan is the singer today: critics have called her “simply spectacular”, and together with the sheer energy of our guest conductor Ben Gernon, she’s the vibrant heart of a concert that begins with a spirited overture by the composer they called “the Black Mozart” and ends with one of the pieces he’d have played in 18th century Paris – an irreverent, deliciously witty symphony by Joseph Haydn. Join us to beat the seasonal blues: this is music to light up even the gloomiest winter day.
This concert was filmed in Symphony Hall, Birmingham on Wednesday 2 December 2020. This video on demand is available to view from 6pm on Thursday 14 January until Friday 12 February 2021 and will be streamed via Vimeo.
Please note that we are currently only able to sell digital concerts to residents within the UK.
Last date to book: Thursday 11 February, 11.59pm