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A Child of Our Time

Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall, SE1 8XX, [Venue Details]

Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music offers radiant calm before Michael Tippett’s emotional storm, in a concert from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

‘The world turns on its dark side. It is winter.’ Trumpets cry out in pain, then sink wearily downwards, and the chorus murmurs the heartbroken opening words of Tippett’s A Child of Our Time.

Composed at the start of the Second World War but provoked by decades of intolerance, Tippett’s landmark ‘modern oratorio’ is built around the soul-shaking melodies of African American spirituals. For this performance we’re thrilled to welcome the London Adventist Chorale, plus an exceptional team of soloists.

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