On September 12 at London’s Barbican Centre, the song cycle Natural History for soprano and large orchestra by Judith Weir will be performed by acclaimed soprano Lucy Crowe under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle in the opening concert of the London Symphony Orchestra’s 2021-22 season.
In this work Weir sets four texts from the Taoist Chuang-tzu writings dating from 4th, 3rd and 2nd centuries BCE - Horse, Swimmer, Singer, Fish/Bird.
The Guardian's Andrew Clements writes of the work "These are deft, serious songs, beautifully judged and sparingly scored. Every gesture, every nuance counts"
Natural History by Judith Weir is just one example of the composer’s exceptional writing for the human voice. As well as chamber and symphonic works for solo voice Weir has penned several operas over the past 30 years. You can explore them in our new brochure below