Total Immersion: Brett Dean
with the BBC Singers
Saturday 17 March 2012, 8pm
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
The Lost Art of Letter Writing (UK premiere)
Carlo (UK premiere of revised version)
Fire Music (UK premiere/BBC Co-Commission with Stockholm Philharmonic and Australian Ballet)
Renaud Capuçon violin
BBC Symphony Orchestra
David Robertson conductor
The BBC Singers join the BBC Symphony Orchestra to explore the musical world of Brett Dean. Confiding intimacies to paper with a scratchy quill is a vanished way of human communication, but one that clearly fascinates the composer. Testament evokes the stormy passions inscribed by Beethoven in his Heiligenstadt Testament, while each movement of The Lost Art of Letter Writing takes its inspiration from a 19th century letter. In Carlo the impetus is the tormented and bizarre music of Carlo Gesualdo.
This concert is part of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's day-long celebration of the life and work of Brett Dean.
How to get there
- The nearest Underground station is Barbican, on the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines.To reach the Barbican,exit the station and cross Aldersgate Street in front of you. Walk through the road tunnel (Beech Street) before taking the first turning right into Silk Street. The Barbican is straight ahead of you. Alternatively, exit the station using the stairs to the first floor, crossing the road using the footbridge before following the signs to the Barbican. Other Underground stations nearby are Moorgate, St Paul's, Bank, Liverpool Street and Mansion House.
- Bus Route 153 stops outside the Barbican in Silk Street. Starting from outside Liverpool Street Station, it runs daily to the Barbican, Angel and Finsbury Park. Other services running near the Barbican are as follows: 8, 11, 23, 26, 35, 42, 43, 47, 48, 55, 56, 76,78, 100, 133, 141, 149, 172, 214, 242, 243, 271, 344 (7 days a week); 4, (Mon-Sat); 21, 25, 521 (Mon-Fri).
- The nearest rail stations are Liverpool Street, Farringdon and Blackfriars. City Thameslink services serve Barbican, Moorgate and Cannon Street.
- The Barbican is clearly sign-posted and has four car parks. Two are off Beech Street (westbound access only) and two are off Silk Street near the main entrance. Please allow plenty of time for your journey. All car parks have a height restriction of 6'1". If the Barbican car parks are full, alternative parking is available in Aldersgate Street.
- The Main entrance at Silk Street is ramped and lifts give access to all levels. All our venues have seating for wheelchair users - please inform us of any access requirements on booking. There are three wheelchairs for visitors' use, subject to availability; these can be pre-booked by calling the Box Office on 020 7638 8891.