Event Description

JT Self Styled Photo shootMiddle Eastern music of heart-wrenching beauty meets the Western imagination of sensuality and drama along the medieval Silk Road.

In the first half Britten Sinfonia is joined by Egyptian-Australian oud virtuoso and composer Joseph Tawadros to play works including the premiere of his new oud concerto, Three Stages of Hindsight.

Hassan is an unlikely hero – an unattractive Baghdad sweet merchant who is comically rebuffed by his would-be love. But the mood changes when he is accidentally taken into the court of the city’s all-powerful ruler, whose shocking brutality and corruption sickens him. Written 100 years ago, Delius’s richly evocative incidental music to James Elroy Flecker’s play is very rarely performed – here we experience it in a compelling adaptation for orchestra, narrated by Zeb Soanes – a familiar voice on the shipping forecast for over two decades, who now hosts a daily show on Classic FM.


Joseph Tawadros Constellation
Joseph Tawadros Three Stages of Hindsight (premiere)
Joseph Tawadros Constantinople
Frederick Delius Hassan (complete incidental music)


Britten Sinfonia
Britten Sinfonia Voices
Jaime Phillips conductor
Joseph Tawadros oud
Zeb Soanes narrator
Audley End Road
Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
United Kingdom