A Child of Our Time
IAN COLLINS St Andrew's Hall, Norwich
> St Andrew's Hall, Norwich
Why does some music sound so English? Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten and Tippett make me think of sunken lanes and rippling fields.
Having been lulled by Michael Tippett's bucolic concerto for double string orchestra on Saturday – crisply and convincingly played by the Britten Sinfonia – we turned to roar and thunder.
Some 120 people celebrated Tippett's centenary with his masterpiece, A Child of our Time, started on the first day of the second world war and completed two years later in the darkest days of conflict.
Although conductor Nicholas Cleobury had lost his voice at the final rehearsal, he marshalled four fine soloists – Louise Walsh, Carole Wilson, Thomas Walker and Dawid Kimberg – the Britten Sinfonia and Festival Chorus into a superbly harmonious whole. At times we were nearly swept away by waves of sound – drowning out a car alarm and hail pounding on the roof.
- 1 Hermes courier and his wife could be jailed over ‘stolen parcels’
- 2 Obituary: Tributes after 'heart-shaped hole' is left following teaching assistant's death
- 3 How Norfolk's current Covid figures compare to November 2020 lockdown
- 4 Man arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting girl on her way to school
- 5 Row erupts after dozens of trees aligning footpath chopped down
- 6 Christmas lights switch-on cancelled due to forecasted high winds
- 7 Fire crews tackle large barn blaze
- 8 Significant damage to church after metal stolen from roof
- 9 Primary pupil sexually assaulted on way to school
- 10 Freezing cold temperatures could see snow in parts of Norfolk this weekend
A Child of Our Time is tough stuff, but like all Tippett's work it is richly textured and, on Saturday, we grasped the silver lining of this particular cloud.
I left humming the Negro spirituals punctuating the oratorio – lifting the mood from despair to defiance.