A Liturgical Performance of Benjamin Britten’s ‘Abraham and Isaac’
A special liturgical performance of Britten’s Canticle II Abraham and Isaac to mark the beginning of Lent.
Benjamin Britten’s canticle Abraham and Isaac, composed in 1952, recounts the complex Old Testament story using text from the fifteenth century Chester Mystery Plays.
The canticle will be performed in the context of worship and devotion, alongside a scripture reading, an address and prayers.
It is one of three of Britten’s Canticles which are presented in a devotional context as part of the Abbey’s Theology programme.
This liturgy is at 6.15 pm, not 6.30 pm as previously advertised.
Performers: Simon Ponsford (counter-tenor) and William Balkwill (tenor) with Matthew Jorysz (piano)
Preacher: The Reverend Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian, Westminster Abbey