#Nolan100 - No. 34

Peter Grimes's Apprentice, 1977

George Vass



"I absolutely adore ‘Peter Grimes’s Apprentice’ which is a relatively late work from the 1970s. For me it really encapsulates the sense of hopelessness of Grimes’ second apprentice who, in Britten’s opera, dies after falling off a cliff into the sea. It was painted for the 30th Aldeburgh Festival and is one of the results of a long and fruitful relationship Nolan had with composer Benjamin Britten. Being a musician myself, I always hear Britten’s music when viewing this painting."

Sidney Nolan was founding President of the Presteigne Festival – George and Sidney met a number of times at The Rodd (George having been associated with the Festival since 1989), and since his appointment as artistic director in 1992, George has continued to forge an important link between the Sidney Nolan Trust and the Presteigne Festival, with annual exhibitions and other Nolan-based events. 

George Vass ARAM, conductor and artistic director of the Presteigne Festival (of which Sidney Nolan was the founding President).

Sidney Nolan, Peter Grimes's Apprentice, 1977, Oil and polyvinyl acetate on hardboard, 91.4 x 121.9cm, © The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust

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Arts Council England