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Holocaust Memorial Day: ‘Degenerate Music: Music Banned by the Nazis’

27th January 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Join us on Holocaust Memorial Day as we bring to you ‘Degenerate Music: Music Banned by the Nazis’, including Weimar cabaret, jazz, opera and protest songs. See the museum transformed into a 1930’s cabaret bar, so you can sip on era-inspired cocktails before taking a seat to enjoy the show.


Peter Brathwaite – baritone

Nigel Foster – piano

James Symonds – digital projections

About the show:

Devised by Peter Brathwaite, is a critical song-based reconstruction of the infamous Entartete Musik (Degenerate Music) exhibition of 1938, intended by the Nazi government to alert the German public to “inferior and ultimately dangerous” forms of music, particularly jazz and Jewish music. Through bravura interpretations of songs by Hanns Eisler and Bertolt Brecht; Kurt Weill and Lion Feuchtwanger; Friedrich Hollaender and Kurt Tucholsky; excerpts from Ernst Krenek’s jazz-opera, Jonny spielt auf, and atonal Schoenberg, the show not only gives a fascinating insight into the Berlin political cabarets of the Twenties and Thirties, but highlights the extraordinary range of musical styles unjustly branded as “degenerate”. The songs are interspersed with spoken excerpts from the Entartete Musik exhibition pamphlet (1938), whilst video projections created by James Symonds show scenes of everyday life during the days of the Weimar Republic.

About Peter Brathwaite:

Peter Brathwaite

Manchester-born baritone Peter Brathwaite is establishing himself as an exciting young operatic talent. A graduate of London’s Royal College of Music, recent seasons have seen him make debuts with Glyndebourne, English Touring Opera, Opera Holland Park, Opera de Lyon, the Netherlands Reisopera and at the Edinburgh International Festival. “Virile baritone, clean enunciation and sensitive acting” (The Telegraph) “The indefatigable young baritone lights up the stage every time he appears.” (WhatsOnStage)

“The one who emerges with distinction is Peter Brathwaite, who is also an accomplished actor.” (The Spectator)

Article in The Guardian:

Review in Planet Hugill:


Twitter: @PeterBrathwaite

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Box Office: 0843 208 0500




27th January 2016
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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