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Proms at … Wilton's Music Hall

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Wilton's Music HallGraces Alley, London, Greater London, E1 8JB, United Kingdom
On Saturday 2 September 2017 at 15:00 and 19:30
Festival: BBC Proms

Dating from the mid-19th century, Wilton’s is the world’s oldest surviving music hall. With its tumbledown beauty and colourful history, it’s the perfect space for a staged performance of Peter Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King – a dramatic monologue exploring the crazed fantasies and crumbling visions of George III. The  fluttering and chattering of the king’s pet bull finches which run through the work  find an echo in bird-inspired pieces by Messiaen and Handel, as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Luther Adams. Sian Edwards conducts the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, with exciting young British soloists Jennifer France and Marcus Farnsworth. 

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