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Composer: MacGregor, Joanna (b. 1959)

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Year of birth1959
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Period20th century
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Looking Forward with Britten Sinfonia at the Barbican

Eamonn Dougan conducting Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices at the Barbican  ©  Rhydian Peters
Pleasantly enough, Britten Sinfonia went down a thoroughly unconventional route in celebrating their 20th birthday at the Barbican on Saturday, with a brilliantly varied range of new pieces mixing with chamber orchestra classics.
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Joanna MacGregor and Arve Henriksen bring Deep South blues and Scottish Reels to the Southbank

©  Pal Hanson
It's not often in classical music that the performers themselves are the main focus of our attention; more often than not they are at the service of the composer. But this evening was an exception to the rule, showcasing the multi-talented Joanna MacGregor and Arve Henriksen.