Music while konzert

Music for a While Subscription series concert

Sun, 10 Dec 2023 17:00 Bern, Zentrum Paul Klee Ian Bostridge
Alessio Allegrini
Michael Brooks Reid
Direction and Violin
Further date Sat, 9 Dec 2023 17:00

Works by Purcell, Britten and Walton


Henry Purcell (1659 -1695)
Music for a While (Z 583)

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op.31

William Walton (1902-1983)
Sonata for String Orchestra

— Programme without interval—
Running time: approx. 70 minutes

About the programme

Music as a painkiller? Music for a While is just that. Purcell wrote his haunting aria as an interlude for the Duke's Theatre in London. It is a hymn to music itself.

At the centre of this all-British programme is Benjamin Britten, who often referred to Purcell in his work—namely from 1945, when England celebrated the 250th anniversary of Purcell's death. Britten’s Serenade was written shortly before, while he was busy composing his opera Peter Grimes. Britten's cycle is an atmospheric journey through nocturnal enchanted landscapes, and British tenor Ian Bostridge is considered one of its finest interpreters.

With his Sonata for String Orchestra, 70-year-old William Walton drew on a string quartet composed in 1945. The work, commissioned by conductor Neville Marriner, is however more than an arrangement. Walton revised and rewrote vigorously. The result is a mellow piece in late concerto grosso style, with a very English tone.

Ticket pricing

This concert is also available as part of a subscription

Ticket pricing:
CHF 85.–/ 65.–/ 45.–
CHF 5.– for children and teenagers 18 and under

Discounts (for all categories):
20% for members of the Friends of CAMERATA BERN
50% for young adults aged 19 to 30
30% for KulturLegi cardholders

Kultur-GA: free admission for remaining same-day seats

Refugees (with ID): free admission for remaining same-day seats

Programme booklet

In-depth insights into the concert programme, with detailed descriptions of the works and biographies of participating artists. The evening programme booklet is available (in German only) as a PDF download starting approximately one week before the concert and is distributed free of charge at the concert.

The texts are produced in collaboration with the Institute for Musicology at the University of Bern.

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Introductory podcast

Background information and context for the programmes, with musical sneak peeks and sound bites from the performers.

The podcast is available (in German only) from approximately 10 days before the concert.

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