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Friday 05 November 2021

7:30pm at Robert Blackwood Hall

Performance cancelled

Due to ongoing restrictions for live events in Victoria, this performance will not proceed as scheduled. Ticket holders will be contacted with more information as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Dale Barltrop director / violin
Stephen Newton tenor


Purcell Fantasia No.8
Holst St Paul's Suite No.2
Adès Arcadiana: VI. O Albion
Britten Les Illuminations
Purcell The Fairy Queen (selections)

About this performance

Curated by MSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop, this program takes the audience on an English-inspired musical journey, from Purcell to Britten with some unexpected stops along the way.

  • The giant of 20th century English composition, Benjamin Britten, is represented by Les Illuminations, his 1940 song cycle with text taken from a collection by French poet Arthur Rimbaud. Multi-musically-skilled MSO Double Bassist Stephen Newton performs this cycle as Tenor soloist.
  • The MSO also performs the second St Paul’s Suite by Holst, which pays homage to English folk songs, and was, appropriately, written at St Paul’s Girls’ School in Hammersmith, where the composer was the Musical Director.
  • Selections from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, a semi-opera based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream conclude this charming program.

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