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    Women's Words and Voices with the BBC Concert Orchestra

    Wed 9 Mar, 7.30pm
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Classical music
    £15 ⁠–⁠ £30
    past event
    past event
     Tara Venditti, Mezzo Soprano

    Hear music inspired by poets Emily Dickinson and Alfonsina Storni, including the world premiere of David Knotts’ Guitar Concerto.

    Led by Principal Conductor Bramwell Tovey, the programme features contemporary classical music written and inspired by women composers and poets.

    Emily Dickinson has long been an influence on Knotts, and early in his career he set her poem ‘I shall keep singing!’ to music.

    Now this admiration finds expression in a concerto composed for superstar guitarist Craig Ogden, which he plays for an audience for the first time this evening.

    Mezzo-soprano Tara Venditti* performs Bryce Dessner's song cycle Voy a Dormir, which uses four poems by the trailblazing Argentine writer Alfonsina Storni.

    Trailblazing females composers in film music feature with Debbie Wiseman's soundtrack from Wilde and Rachel Portman's Emma.

    The concert is presented and features poetry readings by award-winning actress Nina Wadia.

    • BBC Concert Orchestra
    • Bramwell Tovey conductor
    • Craig Ogden guitar
    • Tara Venditti mezzo-soprano *
    • Nina Wadia presenter
    • Shirley Thompson: Wildfire
    • Hannah Kendall: The Spark Catchers
    • David Knotts: Guitar Concerto (The Alabaster Chambers) (World premiere)
    • Interval
    • Debbie Wiseman: Suite from the sound track to Wilde
    • George Fenton: Suite from Shadowlands
    • Rachel Portman: Closing titles from Emma
    • Bryce Dessner: Voy a dormir for mezzo-soprano & orchestra (European premiere)

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    Age recommendation

    For ages 8+

    * Please note change of soloist from originally advertised.
    The headline of the event has also been altered.

    Dates & times

    Wed 9 Mar, 7.30pm
    Approximate run time: 120 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


    • Standard entry£15 ⁠–⁠ £30*
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