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Benjamin Britten and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart reach out to one another across the centuries in profound and deeply moving communion.

Mozart’s wondrous Sinfonia Concertante intertwines violin and viola soloists in a partnership of equals. They speak to one another of beauty, loss, consolation and, finally, exaltation. Our Principal Viola, Stefanie Farrands, makes her ACO concerto debut, joining Richard Tognetti for this exquisite, unforgettable masterpiece.

Britten idolised Mozart from boyhood. He visited Salzburg to retrace his footsteps and it’s where Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge premiered. Britten wrote with ease to capture Bridge’s integrity, wit, energy and gaiety.

Britten, like Mozart, was gifted beyond his years and had an instinct for timeless musical expression. This extraordinary elixir of youth and wisdom can be heard in his Elegy, written by the composer when he was just 16 (coincidentally the same age at which Mozart wrote his Divertimento in D major). We give Britten’s work its long-awaited Australian premiere.


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Details correct at the time of publication.

  • Britten
    Elegy for Strings (Australian Premiere) 
    Mozart (arr. strings)
    Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K.364
    Mozart 
    Divertimento in D major, K136
    Britten
    Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 
  • Richard Tognetti
    Director and violin 
    Stefanie Farrands
    Viola

    Australian Chamber Orchestra