Britten Sinfonia’s ‘At Lunch’ Series

Britten Sinfonia’s At Lunch series starts 2018 with a generous serving of chamber music from the past four centuries, with new commission for recorded voices and string trio by Leo Chadburn, performed alongside music by Biber, Mozart and Philip Glass.

A new work by Leo Chadburn for recorded voices and string trio is on the menu in the opening Britten Sinfonia At Lunch concert of 2018. Chadburn’s work, My Five Loops for the Bathyscaphe, co-commissioned with Wigmore Hall, is inspired by a journey to deepest part of the ocean, the Mariana Trench, by oceanographers Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh on 23rd January 1960 (exactly 58 years before the world
premiere of Chadburn’s work). Their vessel for the five-hour descent was the Bathyscaphe Trieste, a tiny
sphere built to withstand the enormous pressure of the water.

Chadburn comments: “’My Five Loops’ are intended to give the impression of near stasis, analogous to the emptiness of the deep, dark ocean where sunlight is unable to penetrate and the temperature approaches freezing point. While the ensemble plays this motionless music, the recorded voices act as timekeepers, speaking numbers, fragments of scientific text and lines derived from Piccard’s poetic recollection of the experience”.

Performed by an exceptional trio of Britten Sinfonia Principals – Jacqueline Shave (violin); Caroline
Dearnley (cello) and Huw Watkins (piano), with the recorded voices of Chadburn and Gemma Saunders –
My Five Loops features in the “At Lunch” concerts alongside music spanning 350 years: Biber’s Anunciation
Sonata, Mozart’s Piano Trio in B flat, Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel and Philip Glass’s Orbit.

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