Allan Clayton, Lunchtime Concert
British tenor Allan Clayton performs a programme of melancholic masterpieces
The young tenor, Allen Clayton, puts his British roots to good use in this brooding programme of Britten and Purcell, live from the Wigmore Hall. The recital starts with one of Britten’s arrangements of Purcell's Job’s Curse, beginning with the lyrics: ‘Let the night perish; cursed be the morn’. Continuing in this dark vein, another highlight is sure to be Britten’s 1945 song cycle, The Holy Sonnets of John Donne. Britten set Donne’s poetry to music after touring the liberated German concentration camps, shortly after the Second World War.