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Saturday 11 February 2023, 7.30pm

Delius' Hassan: The Golden Road to Samarkand

Delius' Hassan: The Golden Road to Samarkand

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Britten Sinfonia
Britten Sinfonia Voices
Jaime Phillips
Joseph Tawadros


Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Concerto Rv 356, arranged for oud and strings
Joseph Tawadros
New work for oud and orchestra
Frederick Delius
Hassan (complete incidental music)

Running Time

2 hours

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 narrator and orchestra.

In the first half Britten Sinfonia is joined by Joseph Tawadros, virtuoso player of the oud, a close cousin of the lute powerfully evocative of the Middle East. He plays the solo part in a concerto by Vivaldi originally written for the mandolin and gives the premiere of a new concerto, his irresistible joy and energy complemented by whirling orchestral textures.

Shuttle Bus

Our free wheelchair accessible minibus service between Audley End Station and Saffron Hall will be in operation for this event.

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Age Guidance

This event is not recommended for children under 7 years old.