Britten Films

4th September 2013

Award-winning actor Samuel West joins the UK’s most dynamic orchestra for a rare performance of Britten’s complete surviving film scores, alongside the original documentary films for which they were composed. 

Thursday 7 November, Turner Sims Southampton, 8pm
Sunday 10 November, Fairfield Halls Croydon, 7.30pm 

With subjects ranging from postage stamps to pacifism, the abolition of the slave trade to the electrification of the London–Portsmouth railway, the documentary films created by the GPO film unit in the 1930s are wonderfully made and fascinating historical documents.  Benjamin Britten’s music brilliantly reflects, amplifies and underpins the screen images, whilst scripts from writers including WH Auden are infused with great invention and humour.  A celebration of composer’s craft and film-maker’s technique, and a remarkably vivid insight into pre-war Britain.

Night Mail
The Way To The Sea
The Tocher
Coal Face
The King’s Stamp
God’s Chillun
Peace of Britain
Sixpenny Telegram

Samuel West (narrator)
Nicholas Collon (conductor)
Finchley Children’s Music Group
Aurora Voices
Aurora Orchestra

Tickets available from the Turner Sims website and Fairfield Halls Croydon website.

These performances of the Britten GPO Films, first presented at the 2012 Aldeburgh Festival, are supported by funds from the Arts Council England Britten Centenary Fund

The Turner Sims concert is presented in association with Orchestras Live