In Place and Time: Benjamin Britten and T. S. Eliot
Roaming Tickets – £20
This ticket is a roaming seat – there is informal seating available throughout the performance.
A special evening of words and music in the beautiful setting of Southwark Cathedral, to celebrate the work of two of the great artists of the twentieth century: Benjamin Britten and T. S. Eliot. The event represents a unique collaboration between the City of London Sinfonia and Faber & Faber marking the ninetieth anniversary of the publisher with whom both Britten and Eliot were profoundly linked.
T. S. Eliot moved to England in 1914, publishing his first book of poems three years later, then joining the nascent Faber and Gwyer as a director in 1925. Four Quartets, first published in the UK by Faber in 1944, is widely considered to be his crowning achievement. Faber became an established publisher of books about music in the early 1960s, under the editorship of the writer and musicologist Donald Mitchell. After Britten wrote in a letter to Mitchell, ‘I occasionally dream of Faber & Faber – music publishers!’, Mitchell approached the Chairman, Richard de la Mare, who consulted Eliot and responded, ‘I have no idea how this can be done, but clearly we have to do it.’ Faber Music came into being in 1965, with Britten as its first composer.
The programme interweaves some of Eliot’s finest verses and Britten’s most remarkable music, with readings including ‘Ash Wednesday’ and ‘Little Gidding’, and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge.