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From electronica to jazz, traditional to folk, and classical to indie, our music programme works across all genres of music. Forging long-term partnerships between British and Portuguese organisations and artists, our works seeks to strengthen the international profile of UK music and creativity, and to communicate the diversity of UK society.
Benjamin Britten: 1st Lisbon Art Song Festival
1st Lisbon Art Song Festival presented songs by British composers as well as texts by British authors set to music by international composers.
This built on Britten's Centenary concerts from four years ago which were held in Lisbon in partnership with the Gulbenkian Foundation, and also commemorated the British Council's 80th anniversary of working with Portugal.
This was the first concert of its kind in Portugal - a pioneering venture in which music and commentary are mixed.
Casa da Música
In 2017 we celebrated the Year of British Music at the Casa da Música in Porto. This finished with an excellent concert before Christmas for violin by Benjamin Britten performed by Tasmin Little. This was a very expressive piece of work that beautifully combined a homage to the masters of the past with Britten's originality, and with brilliant orchestration.
In 2018 several British composers will be performing at Casa da Música, among them Julian Anderson, Robert Murray, Paul McCreesh, Huw Daniel, Laurence Cummings, Martin André, Paul Hillier and Philip Venables.
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