“One of the later 20th century’s most beloved and moving works”
– Gramophone Magazine on The Protecting Veil by John Tavener
The opportunity to experience the timeless classic The Protecting Veil by John Tavener is not to be missed. This February Britten Sinfonia and Guy Johnston will tour the work, which was first performed at the BBC Proms in 1989. One of the very few cellists to have worked with Tavener, Guy Johnston is the soloist and central character for these concerts, transcendent amidst Britten Sinfonia’s heady layers of sound.
In the first half Britten Sinfonia performs Bartók’s compelling, mood-shifting Divertimento, written on the eve of WWII, and a string orchestra version of Beethoven’s legendary contrapuntal work-out for string quartet.
“A handful of cellists internationally were able to consult John on how their performance could adapt and take on the challenge of The Protecting Veil’s new sound-world. Guy Johnston was able to absorb John’s vision by this personal contact. He brings that depth and experience with his exquisite playing into 2024 and beyond. Guy Johnston and the Britten Sinfonia: ideal.”
– Lady Tavener
Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
Barbican Hall, London
Dublin National Concert Hall
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Guy Johnston, cello; Thomas Gould, violin/director; Britten Sinfonia