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Posted on 31 May 2015

Beautiful Caged Thing – 13 June

aldeburgh2015The Aldeburgh Festival is happening this month, and my new orchestral song cycle will be premiered on the 13 June by soprano Claire Booth with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducted by George Benjamin.

For Beautiful Caged Thing, commissioned by the festival, I have extracted lines and phrases from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and arranged them to form three poems – ‘I have known everything’, ‘Monstrous marionettes’ and ‘I am tired of myself tonight’.

The concert, at Snape Maltings concert hall, will also feature Wagner’s Siegried Idyll, Benjamin’s A Mind of Winter, Boulez’s Mémoriale and Ravel’s Piano Concerto, featuring festival director Pierre-Laurent Aimard on piano. More information and tickets can be found here.