Britten Sinfonia at Lunch: Luke Bedford Premiere

Saturday 3 March  - Wednesday 21 March 2012

Brighton, Cambridge, London and Norwich 

Britten Sinfonia at Lunch offers lunchtime music with real bite with concerts which feature specially commissioned new music alongside well-loved and less familiar chamber works.

Britten Sinfonia features many of the country’s finest chamber musicians and the orchestra’s lunchtime series provides an opportunity to see and hear them in more intimate repertoire. Now in its fifth season, the series has to date featured 21 specially commissioned new works from both established and young composers. Concerts last one hour, with many tickets less than the cost of a sandwich.

Luke Bedford is the featured composer in Britten Sinfonia’s March ‘At Lunch’ concerts, with a new work, Three Intermezzi, co-commissioned by Britten Sinfonia and Wigmore Hall, where he is resident composer. Three Intermezzi is intermingled with César Franck’s 1880 Piano Quintet in F minor, which forms the centerpiece of the concert.  Franck’s work marked a watershed in chamber music repertoire when first performed due to its broad emotional range and abundance of passion.

Luke Bedford comments:

“I know that Britten Sinfonia musicians are always keen to explore new ways of presenting concerts and this gave me the idea of writing a piece that fits into the gaps between the movements of the Franck Piano Quintet. Just as in art galleries, where one can sometimes make connections between apparently unrelated artists whose work is displayed side-by-side, I want to create something similar, but within a concert.”