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BRITTEN Six Metamorphoses after Ovid Op.49 for oboe and film
FILM Coal Face with music by Benjamin Britten
BRITTEN Sinfonietta Op.1 for chamber ensemble
CHARLIE PIPER With Stolen Fire for string quintet, wind quintet and archive film footage from the BFI
This innovative project celebrates and links the centenaries of Benjamin Britten, arguably the most important British composer of the twentieth century, and the discovery of stainless steel here in Sheffield.
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid is a series of varying portraits with contrasting colours and moods, evoking images from Roman poet Ovid’s mythical story. Oboist Adrian Wilson has been working with a local film-maker to produce a film which reflects and responds to the transformations depicted in the six movements.
Coal Face is a documentary made in 1935 about the work of the British miner and its significance to British industry as part of a series of public information films with music by Britten and commentary by W H Auden.
Inspired by the highly evocative genre of film and music, our Associate Composer Charlie Piper worked with recently restored film footage of steel production in the 1930s from the BFI’s (British Film Institute) archives and visited local working steelworks as part of the research behind his new piece.
Please note the concert is 70 minutes with no interval.
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Created in partnership with the Showroom Cinema
Additional funding from a legacy payment by Miss D R Kurzmann awarded by the Arts Council England and the 'Scilla Thornton Fund for Musicians.