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Sir Derek Jacobi with Ruth Culver and the Utter:Jazz Quartet
Look Stranger

NCEM, York
Thursday 17 October 7:30pm

Adults £17.00 | Concessions £15.00

Please note that online booking is no longer available for this concert. Tickets are available from the box office on 01904 658338 or from one hour before the concert on the door. 

To mark Britten's Centenary, Utter:Jazz weave swing, samba, blues and grooves through their vibrant re-imaginings of Benjamin Britten's WH Auden songs. Britten's stunning harmonic soundscapes and Auden's passionate and political lyrics are refracted through many diverse influences of contemporary jazz in these intriguing and entertaining new arrangements. Twelve evocative songs – including 'Stop All the Clocks' (made famous in Four Weddings and a Funeral) – plus readings of WH Auden poetry – romantic, satirical or politically charged. In between songs are readings of WH Auden's poetry by Sir Derek Jacobi.

'A very special way to celebrate Britten's centenary.. respectful and beautiful 21st century exploration … and Auden's poems still shine forth.' Dame Emma Kirkby

For the next few days you can catch live music from singer Ruthie Culver with her Utter Jazz Quartet on InTune in the Radio 3 studio ahead of her tour 'Look Stranger' which features jazz versions of Britten and Auden songs.
Click here (Interview etc is from 32 minutes onwards)

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