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Beth Gibbons/Henryk Gorecki - Symphony No 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) (N/C 5+)

21 April

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Henryk Gorecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) is a meditation incorporating elements of a 15th-century Polish lament of Mary, mother of Jesus, a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during World War II, and a Silesian folk song of a mother searching for her son killed by the Germans. This one-off performance by Beth Gibbons (frontwoman of influential British band Portishead) and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki, took place at The National Opera Grand Theatre in Warsaw on November 29th 2014. Following an invitation to collaborate at the concert, Gibbons undertook an intense preparation process, including tackling the challenge of learning the original text (and the emotional weight it carries) without speaking the mother language. Her performance alongside the maestro Penderecki has been hailed as triumphant, and is captured on this unique concert film.

All tickets £6.

  • Director Michał Merczynski
  • Certificate N/C 5+
  • Running time 50m
  • Country Poland
  • Year of Production 2019
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