Special Projects

Curlew River

Introduction

In Autumn 2014, Askonas Holt took the Barbican’s Britten Centenary production of Curlew River on tour to the United States. Britten’s Church Parable Curlew River is a “once heard, never forgotten” work, exploring the themes of community, suffering and redemption through the unforgettable figure of the Madwoman and the loss of her child.

The production is by multimedia director and video artist Netia Jones, and the premiere featured an outstanding British cast led by Ian Bostridge as the Madwoman, alongside Neal Davies and Mark Stone with Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices.

In 2017, we reunited with Ian Bostridge and the Britten Sinfonia to bring a concert performance of the work to Hamburg’s new Elbphilharmonie, as part of their Lux aeterna Festival.


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Introduction

In Autumn 2014, Askonas Holt took the Barbican’s Britten Centenary production of Curlew River on tour to the United States. Britten’s Church Parable Curlew River is a “once heard, never forgotten” work, exploring the themes of community, suffering and redemption through the unforgettable figure of the Madwoman and the loss of her child.

The production is by multimedia director and video artist Netia Jones, and the premiere featured an outstanding British cast led by Ian Bostridge as the Madwoman, alongside Neal Davies and Mark Stone with Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices.

In 2017, we reunited with Ian Bostridge and the Britten Sinfonia to bring a concert performance of the work to Hamburg’s new Elbphilharmonie, as part of their Lux aeterna Festival.