Internationally acclaimed tenor, Andrew Staples, joins Aurora Orchestra in the music of Mahler for the next instalment of the New Moves series.
Tears for Fears (arr. Gary Jules Michael Andrews Iain Farrington) Mad World
Britten (arr. Imogen Holst) Rejoice in the Lamb
Mahler (arr. Iain Farrington) Das Lied von der Erde (UK premiere)
Andrew Staples (tenor)
Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano)
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge (Graham Ross | director)
Nicholas Collon (conductor)
“It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness, and of pain; of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature, and everlasting beauty of monotony… I cannot understand it – it passes over me like a tidal wave – and that matters not a jot either, because it goes on for ever, even if it is never performed again – that final chord is printed on the atmosphere.” (Britten on Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde)
This November, Aurora Orchestra presents a stunning theatrical concert featuring world-class soloists and the award-winning Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. The performance includes the world premiere of a new staged version of Britten’s Rejoice in the Lambin Imogen Holst’s ravishing arrangement for chamber orchestra, created by singer/director Andrew Staples and designer William Reynolds. Staples also appears as tenor soloist alongside Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano) for the first UK performance of a new chamber orchestra arrangement of Mahler’s monumental Das Lied von der Erde, a piece regarded by composers including Britten and Shostakovich as one of the greatest works ever penned.