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The Owl and the Nightingale | City of London Sinfonia

Saturday January 14, 2023 at 19:30
Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, London
£36, £24, £15
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  1. Le rossignol en amour - François Couperin
  2. Le rossignol vainqueur - François Couperin
  3. Wind Quintet No 1, 'Music for the fleeting birds' - Peteris Vasks
  4. 5 Duos for clarinet and violin - Huw Watkins
  5. Concerto for oboe and violin in C minor BWV 1060R - Johann Sebastian Bach

Poet Laureate Simon Armitage's witty and enchanting version of The Owl and the Nightingale was published in 2021 and is based on a traditional Middle English debate poem in which two birds engage in a fierce verbal contest to prove which is the superior bird.

Performed live on stage, this concert features Simon Armitage as narrator and two actors as the eponymous birds whose argument moves entertainingly from the eloquent and philosophical to the ribald, risqué, and ridiculous! This special performance includes avian-inspired, and argumentative music by Janiquin, Couperin, Watkins, Vasks and Vivaldi performed by City of London Sinfonia.

Touching on universal themes such as competition, the importance of beauty, and what constitutes a valuable contribution to society, Armitage's retelling of The Owl and the Nightingale is as pertinent today as when it was first published.

Presented by City of London Sinfonia in association with Faber Members.

Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer
South Bank

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