Despite being labelled “Das Land Ohne Musik” in 1904, Britain has a rich operatic tradition. From its beginnings, with the works of Henry Purcell in the 17th century it enjoyed a golden age under George Frederick Handel in the 18th. After the uncertain period of the 19th century, the works of Benjamin Britten in the 20th initiated a vibrant rebirth, which has continued into the 21st Century. Composers like Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Ades and Mark-Anthony Turnage have broken new ground and kept the genre alive. This lecture, fully illustrated with musical examples, explores this fascinating legacy.



Roger Askew

Roger was a chorister at Wells Cathedral School and a choral scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated with an honours degree in English. 

After retiring in 2003 he returned to the south of England. He is President Emeritus of The Stoke Poges Society and Joint Chairman of the Arts Society Windsor.