Only two weeks to (Gala) go!

Our GLITTERING Gala Concert on Sunday 8th November at 6pm (Theatre, Michael Hall School) is fit for Guy Fawkes weekend: bursting with explosive talent and musical fireworks! Among our sparklers is world-renowned Tenor Mark Padmore performing Vaughn Williams’s On Wenlock Edge with virtuoso pianist Alasdair Beatson and string quartet.

In 1908, Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872-1958) left his native England to study in Paris with Maurice Ravel, one of the most important forces in French music at the time. The three months that he spent under Ravel’s tutelage were most influential. Vaughn Williams also had a lifelong interest in the music of Tudor England, and it was these two strains – Ravel-inspired “French polish” and an abiding Englishness – that On Wenlock Edge (written 1909) combines. This extraordinary song cycle (for tenor, piano and string quartet to poems from A.E. Housman’s collection A Shropshire Lad) is simultaneously sophisticated and down-to-earth, ingenious in its instrumental effects and straightforward in setting the texts. Come and listen to this luscious musical landscape unfold!

Gilding our Gala Concert lily will be local star cellist Laura van der Heijden, treading the boards in Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A Major.

All well as our Gala we are staging FOUR other events (Friday 6th – Sunday 8th November). See our website for all concert listings. ALL our performers will be (b)On Fire and we cannot wait to share our musical magic with you across the Festival weekend. If you haven’t yet done so, be sure to book your tickets (online or by phone) and… see you there!




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