Orchestra of Opera North: The Enigma Variations

7 Apr 2022

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Programme

Turnage  Drowned Out
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
Elgar Variations on an Original Theme (‘Enigma’)

Garry Walker leads a journey deep into the magic and menace of night with Britten’s haunting masterpiece based on six poems, Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.

Inspired by a delirious, terrifying account of death in the Atlantic, Mark Anthony Turnage composed Drowned Out for a large orchestra and marked the score with the instruction ‘Very nasty’.

The season closes with one of the greatest English orchestral works; Elgar’s Enigma Variations, dedicated to several of his close acquaintances. Each variation portrays one of his friends, and in one case, a friend’s bulldog! The ninth variation, “Nimrod” is one of the most instantly recognisable pieces of classical music; frequently performed at solemn, national occasions, it often moves audiences to tears.

“…the Opera North orchestra under Garry Walker’s admirable direction… switching from rhythmic frenzy to sumptuous lyricism in a twinkling”
The Times on The Rite of Spring/Gianni Schicchi (2019)

Price
From £13 | Concessions available
Venue
  • Huddersfield Town Hall

Start time
7.30pm
Join us for a free pre-show talk, starting at 6.40pm

Concessions
16 and under: £1
Under 30: £4
Concession: £11-£24

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season. Explore the full Season including the organ series here. 

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Artists

Garry Walker

Conductor

Nicholas Watts

Tenor

Richard Watkins

Horn

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