A concert to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the unveiling of the Sistine Chapel. The bass Sir John Tomlinson, is accompanied by pianist David Owen Norris, in Britten's 'Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo', Op 22; Wolf's 'Drei Gedichte von Michelangelo'; and Shostakovich: Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, Op 145.
'Michelangelo in Song' unites music, art and poetry. Sir John Tomlinson adopts a devised stage persona based upon a Victorian Michelangelo. As he brings the audience into the theatrically staged workshop of Michelangelo, the concert provides links through history and the resurgence of interest in the Renaissance during the Victorian era. The National Gallery is also be open for participants to view the two Michelangelo paintings in the collection – 'The Entombment' and 'The Manchester Madonna'.