Ruby Hughes

Quite an amazing performance by Ruby Hughes at King’s Place tonight: most of all, Benjamin Britten’s Les Illuminations, a song cycle first performed in 1940 – a work of such great and varied intensity, even ferocity – ‘J’ai seul la clef de cette parade sauvage’. Also, settings by Edmund Finnis of poems by Alice Oswald and ‘Che is può fare’ by Barbara Strozzi. All of it unknown – to me, at least – and revelatory. Not to forget the Manchester Collective who were the performers alongside her.


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