Michael Rosen to guest direct Brighton Festival 2013

Michael Rosen
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Writer and former children’s laureate Michael Rosen has been appointed as guest director of this year’s Brighton Festival, which celebrates arts across the city.

As part of the event, a new musical and narration piece written by Rosen and composed by James Morgan and Juliette Pochin will receive its world premiere at Brighton Dome Concert Hall during the opening weekend of the festival.

The Great Enormo, which will be a family piece, will be performed by City of London Sinfonia, alongside Rosen who will narrate.

Meanwhile, Aldeburgh Music will present the concert Britten: The Canticles, which was a commission from the Arts Council England to celebrate composer Benjamin Britten’s centenary year.

Director Neil Bartlett and Oivier award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable will stage the piece and Scott Graham, a director of physical theatre company Frantic Assembly, will collaborate too.

Opera singers Ian Bostridge and Iestyn Davies and musicians Richard Watkins, Julius Drake and Sally Pryce will appear as part of the performance.

Also featuring in the festival programme will be Argentinean playwright and performer Lola Arias, who will present the UK premiere of her piece, My Life After.

This year’s Brighton Festival runs from May 4 to 26, 2013.

The full programme details will be announced on February 27, 2013.

Speaking of Rosen’s appointment as guest director, Andrew Comben, chief executive of Brighton Dome and Festival, said: “We are delighted to welcome Michael Rosen on board as guest director for 2013. For several decades Michael Rosen has entertained, educated and moved audiences of all ages. He has the infectious energy of a polymath and is curious about and interested in everything - perfect for such an eclectic and wide-ranging festival as ours. I am looking forward to another fantastic festival here in Brighton.”