A highlight of the first weekend of this Summer's Aldeburgh Festival was the world premiere of Tom Coult's new song cycle for soprano Claire Booth and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under George Benjamin. Displaying igenious musical invention, together with a masterful handling of both voice and orchestra, this 12-minute work once again confirmed Coult as one of the most exciting voices in British music.





‘Balletic, full of leaping patterns of harp and gong and plucked strings... clever and ear-tickling’

The Daily Telegraph (Ivan Hewett), 14 June 2015


‘Promising and very successful...(remarkably sung by soprano Claire Booth)’

Le Monde (Marie-Aude Roux), 20 June 2015


‘Coult scored a vibrant triumph with his Beautiful Caged Thing… it was music of opulent but disciplined allure that promised much for the future. In fact, it made for one of those classic first encounters that feels as if one is in at the beginning of something truly significant.’

The Catholic Herald (Michael White), 25 June 2015


‘Full of striking effects’

The Guardian (Andrew Clements),16 June 2015


Read an interview with Tom Coult here

View the score for Beautiful Caged Thing on our Online Score Library