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Saturday 11 February 2023, 7.30pm

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Delius' Hassan: The Golden Road to Samarkand

Delius' Hassan: The Golden Road to Samarkand

Presented by Britten Sinfonia

Joseph Tawodros standing against a white background holding his oud

Middle Eastern music of heart-wrenching beauty meets the Western imagination of sensuality and drama along the medieval Silk Road.

Hassan is an unlikely hero – an unattractive Baghdad sweet merchant who is comically rebuffed by his would-be love. But the mood changes when he is accidentally taken into the court of the city’s all-powerful ruler, whose shocking brutality and corruption sickens him. Written 100 years ago, Delius’s richly evocative incidental music to James Elroy Flecker’s play is very rarely performed – here we experience it in a compelling adaptation for orchestra, narrated by Zeb Soanes – a familiar voice on the shipping forecast for over two decades, who now hosts a daily show on Classic FM.

In the first half Britten Sinfonia is joined by Egyptian-Australian oud virtuoso and composer Joseph Tawadros to play works including the premiere of his new oud concerto, Three Stages of Hindsight.


Performance information

Running time

2 hours 10 minutes

Booking information


Under 25s can purchase half price tickets for this show.

Ten for £10

This event is not part of our Ten for £10 scheme.

Programme and performers


  • Joseph Tawadros Constellation
  • Joseph Tawadros Three Stages of Hindsight (premiere)
  • Joseph Tawadros Constantinople
  • Frederick Delius Hassan (complete incidental music)


  • Britten Sinfonia
  • Britten Sinfonia Voices
  • Jaime Phillips conductor
  • Joseph Tawadros oud
  • Zeb Soanes narrator

Information for your visit

Saturday 11 February 2023, 7.30pm


All timings are approximate and will be updated closer to the show date. Please check the website on the day of the performance for up-to-date information.

Latecomers can usually be admitted at a suitable gap within the performance.

Additional information


For this event, drinks are not allowed in the auditorium.


We are unable to allow any bags into the performance space which are larger than a hand bag or small backpack. Unfortunately our cloakroom will not be in operation.

Booster seats not available

Buggy parking not available

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