14th August

Concert will begin at 18:00 hours GMT

Berlioz's 'L'enfance du Christ' with Boulianne, Clayton, Williams and Davies from London

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BBC Proms. Berlioz's 'L'enfance du Christ' (The Childhood of Christ) is an oratorio, based on the Holy Family's flight into Egypt. Berlioz wrote his own words for the piece. Berlioz described L'enfance as a Trilogie sacrée. The first of its three sections depicts King Herod ordering the massacre of all newborn children in Judaea; the second shows the Holy Family of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus setting out for Egypt to avoid the slaughter, having been warned by angels; and the final section portrays their arrival in the Egyptian town of Sais where they are given refuge by a family of Ishmaelites.

Performers: Julie Boulianne, mezzo-soprano, Allan Clayton, tenor, Roderick Williams, baritone, Neal Davies, bass.

Britten Sinfonia Voices. Genesis Sixteen. Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.

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