A Child of our Time


Thursday 27th October 2016

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

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Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man 3'
Britten - Sinfonia da Requiem 22'
Tippett - A Child of Our Time 66'

Ryan Wigglesworth

Sophie Bevan, Soprano
Jennifer Johnston, Mezza-soprano
Mark Padmore, Tenor
Matthew Brook, Bass-baritone

Hallé Choir

Tippett’s choral masterpiece A Child of Our Time was written at the beginning of the Second World War as a protest against ‘man’s inhumanity to man’. Modelled on Handel’s Messiah and the Passions of J.S. Bach, its emotional essence lies in five spirituals Tippett incorporated into the score in which the suffering of oppressed people throughout history is given universal resonance. Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem dates from the same troubled period as the Tippett and is also an intensely humanistic piece. In the work Britten expresses anger and despair at the cataclysm beginning to engulf the world. As a precursor to both, the concert opens with Copland’s great tribute to his fellow Americans, a piece also written during the same conflict.

(Image: Benjamin Ealovega)

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