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Poetry & Music: Songs and Proverbs of William Blake

  • Britten Studio Snape Maltings Britten Studio Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk IP17 1SP UK (map)

Patience Agbabi once again brings new insight to classic works, now focusing on the Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, Agbabi joins broadcaster and performer Kate Kennedy at Snape Maltings, Suffolk to discuss these influential works. Baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Andrew West perform Britten’s Blake cycles, exemplifying his musical prowess, and the power of song and poetry.

Composed in 1965, Britten’s Blake settings are amongst his most intense and interwoven cycles, featuring texts from the wrenching Songs of Experience, and the revolutionary Proverbs of Hell. Evocative and striking, Britten’s cycles explore the tension in Blake’s words, whilst Agbabi’s brilliant literary mind explores the works themselves.

Tickets range from £5 to £18, and are available via the booking link below, this event is part of the Aldeburgh Festival.