We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve added a concert entitled Mildly Rude? to our 2013/2014 Southbank Centre season. Rounding off our Gamechangers series, it’s a opportunity to hear music from one of Britain’s unsung classical heroes, William Boyce.At the time of its conception, Boyce’s Solomon saw as much popularity as Handel’s Messiah, although it was less bound by religious meaning and was intended as entertainment, rather than edification. It was written for Edward Moore’s play of the same name in 1743 and borrowed ingredients from existing genres such as Ode, Oratorio and Anthem. Boyce and Moore borrowed these elements intentionally, in an attempt to create something altogether different that would stand apart from other works of the time.
It was widely praised by the public and received great critical acclaim, however, with references to virgins and nymphs, it quickly became regarded as too racy for audiences of the time and was rarely performed post 1800. Now, in the hands of director Steven Devine alongside singers Lucy Crowe and James Gilchrist, we’re quietly confident our audience can handle it.
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