Guy Johnston (cello) February 2024

Britten Sinfonia & Guy Johnston

International Concert Series 

Tuesday 20 February 2024 7.30pm

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Event Timings
Auditorium Doors: 7.00pm
Concert Start: 7:30pm
Interval: 8.15pm
Concert End: 9.20pm

Timings will be updated closer to the concert date. Please check the website on the afternoon of the performance for up-to-date information. All timings are approximate and are subject to change.

Britten Sinfonia & Guy Johnston

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Britten Sinfonia
Guy Johnston

Beethoven Grosse Fuge Op.133
Bartók Divertimento for String Orchestra
Tavener The Protecting Veil

The concert begins with one of the most controversial works in music: Beethoven’s gripping Grosse Fuge, which baffled 19th-century listeners but was later praised by Stravinsky as ‘music that will be contemporary forever’. From here, we’re transported to Europe on the cusp of war with Béla Bartók’s fevered 1939 Divertimento

Then we’re gliding up to heaven with Sir John Tavener’s profoundly beautiful modern classic, The Protecting Veil. Both Guy Johnston and Britten Sinfonia have long and deep relationships with Tavener’s music. Johnston was one of the few cellists to have worked directly with the composer, and he has performed The Protecting Veil several times. Meanwhile, over the course of three decades Britten Sinfonia gave the world premieres of six works by Tavener, and the orchestra was chosen to perform at his 2014 memorial service in Westminster Abbey.


* Sadly Abel Selaocoe has had to withdraw from this concert due to unforeseen family circumstances. We are delighted that Guy Johnston is able to step in to replace him. The concert programme remains unchanged.

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