Samuel West narrator
Nicholas Collon conductor
As part of the 2012 Aldeburgh Festival, Aurora presents a world-first: performances of Britten’s complete existing documentary film scores with the original films.
The films – with subjects ranging from postage stamps to pacifism, the abolition of the slave trade to the electrification of the London-Portsmouth railway – are wonderfully made and fascinating historical documents.
Britten’s music brilliantly reflects, amplifies and underpins the screen images with scores of rich variety, invention and no little wit. A celebration of composer’s craft and filmmaker’s technique, an insight into 1930s Britain and a snapshot of the art of propaganda before the term became besmirched forever by the extreme forces of political repression.
Britten’s complete scores for film: Night Mail, The Way to the Sea, Men behind the Meters, The Tocher, Coal Face, The King’s Stamp, God’s Chillun, Peace of Britain, Telegrams.