re:connect – Isolation & Friendship

10 October 2020
St. Martin-in-the-Fields
10 October
St. Martin-in-the-Fields


The third concert in our re:connect series explores the themes of isolation and friendship. The concert opens with an Elegy for solo viola written by a sixteen-year-old Benjamin Britten. Two works by Huw Watkins – “How” – written during lockdown as part of new music project ‘Eight Songs From Isolation’ conceived and conducted by tonight’s conductor, Oliver Zeffman is performed by tenor Toby Spence – is followed by his settings of three Welsh folk songs for string orchestra, written to celebrate the 60th birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales. Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and strings, a song-cycle written for horn player Dennis Brain and first performed by Brain and Britten’s partner, the tenor Peter Pears, is followed by Visions Fugitives by Prokofiev in an arrangement for string orchestra by Barshai. This cycle of miniatures – originally written for solo piano – were written for friends of the composer.



      • Britten Elegy for Viola Solo
      • Huw Watkins “How” (from Eight Songs From Isolation)
      • Huw Watkins Three Welsh Songs
      • Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and strings, Op.31
      • Prokofiev (arr. Barshai) Visions Fugitives, Op.22
        Toby Spence, tenor
        Huw Watkins, piano
        Oliver Zeffman, conductor


        There are two performances at St. Martin-i-the-Fields, at 5pm and at 7:30pm with limited tickets available to facilitate social distancing. The concert will be streamed online at 7:30pm on Thursday 15 October.

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        The concerts will adhere to government guidelines on permitted audience numbers and social distancing.
        For the safety of all involved, concert attendees will be required to wear a mask on arrival and throughout the performance.
        More information is available on the St. Martin-in-the-Fields website

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