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31b. The Brilliant Abyss (part 2)

13 October 2021, 15:15 - 16:15

This event is in two parts; one ticket covers both sessions.
31a: 11am - 12pm, The Brilliant Abyss part 1
31b: 3.15pm - 4.15pm, The Brilliant Abyss part 2
Please see 31a: The Beautiful Abyss part 1 for ticket information​

For the second part of today’s Song Connections event, Katy Hamilton and Helen Scales are joined by composer Laurence Crane, whose work inspired by marine biologist Rachel Carson will be heard in tonight’s late-night concert. The focus moves through the 20th Century, with a particular focus on Rachel Carson and her wide-ranging influence on our understanding of ocean life and conservation. We end in the present day, discussing Laurence Crane’s new work as well as Helen Scales’ current research and latest book, The Brilliant Abyss.


This event is an in-person and livestreamed event. Livestreamed performances will be available to watch live in our Digital Concert Hall at the advertised performance time and will be available to watch again and on demand until the end of November.

Want to watch this concert in person and at home? 'Hybrid' tickets, valid both in person and for the Digital Concert Hall, are also available for an additional £3 to the in-person price.

All our seating is unreserved. This means you are guaranteed a seat in your chosen area, but not a specific seat. In order to allow for social distancing, you will be seated as an individual or as a group, based on the number of tickets you booked for this concert.

For groups of more than 10, please phone or email the box office to book your tickets.

The complete event duration is approximately 2 hours, with a break in the middle.


(Online bookings only)

Book five or more concerts at the same time: 5% discount

Book ten or more concerts at the same time: 10% discount

Book fifteen or more concerts at the same time: 15% discount

For even further discounts click here for more information on our Festival Passes.

Tickets for both in-person and the Digital Concert Hall will be issued as eTickets by default. Printed tickets are available on request, for an additional fee.


Due to COVID-19 we have to do things a little differently this year. In order to keep everyone safe, our seating and concert conditions are subject to change in line with changing government guidance.

For more information about our COVID-19 safety measures, please click here.

If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of the concert, please do not attend, but get in touch with our box office to arrange a refund.

Artist Portrait

Katy Hamilton

Katy Hamilton


Dr. Katy Hamilton is a freelance researcher, writer and presenter on music. She is one of the UK’s most sought-after speakers on music, providing talks for a host of organisations including the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, BBC Proms, Ryedale Festival and Oxford Lieder Festival. In addition, she regularly writes programme notes for the Salzburg Festival, North Norfolk Festival and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio 3. Katy’s area of specialism is the music of Johannes Brahms and his contem... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Helen Scales

Helen Scales


Helen Scales is a British marine biologist, broadcaster, and writer.
Artist Portrait

Laurence Crane

Laurence Crane


Laurence Crane was born in Oxford in 1961 and studied composition with Peter Nelson and Nigel Osborne at Nottingham University, graduating in 1983. He lives and works in London. His music is mainly written for the concert hall, although his list of works includes pieces written for film, radio, theatre, dance and installation. He is closely associated with the British ensemble Apartment House, who have to date given around forty performances of his works. He has composed two pieces especially for the ensemble; Riis and John White in Berli... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Harriet Burns

Harriet Burns


Winner of 2nd prize at the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition, British soprano Harriet Burns is a recent graduate of the Guildhall Opera School, graduating with a Distinction on the Artist Diploma programme under the tutelage of Yvonne Kenny in 2020. She is a Samling Artist, Oxford Lieder Young Artist, and a Britten-Pears Young Artist. Other competition successes include winner of the compulsory Song Prize ("Oh che tranquillo mar") and Recital Prize at the 2019 InternationalVocal Competition in 's-Her... Read Full Biography
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Cole Knutson

Cole Knutson


Cole Knutson is a versatile musician who has appeared on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, National Arts Centre, and in recital throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. He has received masterclasses from artists such as Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake, Elly Ameling, Robert Holl, Roger Vignoles, Andreas Schmidt, Michael McMahon, Tobias Truniger, and Wolfram Rieger and is an Oxford Lieder and Leeds Lieder Young Artist. Recent and upcoming engagements include participating in Graham Johnson’s prestigious Song-G... Read Full Biography

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This event is part of a series:

Nature's Songbook

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