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It’s Festival time!

Posted on March 17 2009 at 8:29:42 0 comments

Sir Willard White

Mary White looks forward to another packed musical programme as Bromsgrove Festival marks its 49th year.

These are concerts not to be missed, with distinguished artists coming to Bromsgrove in programmes to appeal to a variety of musical interests.

2009 has anniversaries of four composers: Mendelssohn, Haydn, Handel and Purcell. The opening concert given by the English Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Partington, celebrates the birth of Mendelssohn 200 years ago. It includes the beautiful Violin Concerto in E minor with Dunja Lavrova as the soloist. 

Works by Purcell and Handel, whose deaths occurred 350 and 250 years ago, feature with the Saraband Consort in Grafton Manor Chapel.  This is an ideal setting for some of the period instruments used by this group. We hope the weather will be kind as the gardens are open an hour before the concert.

Housman was born 150 years ago and on May 1 the programme A Shropshire Lad includes readings, musical settings and reflections of his poems.

The following evening sees the return of Sir Willard White, whose wonderful voice is so suited to remembering Paul Robeson.

Emma Johnson, Natalie Clein and John Lenehan at the New Guesten Hall offer a break from our anniversary celebrations with the music of Brahms, Ireland and Bridge. And jazz is not forgotten, as Kenny Ball returns to Bromsgrove after 18 years on May 8.

The final concert recognises the anniversaries of Haydn and Handel with an Organ Concerto, Music for the Royal Fireworks and Coronation Anthems. This popular orchestral and choral programme also includes the Mozart Mass in C and will end with the audience standing to sing Parry’s Jerusalem.

Do not forget the 29th International Young Musicians Platform, commencing on April 30 with the final concert on the evening of May 3. Whilst tickets are sold for this exciting final, at the early rounds admission is free and an audience is welcome. The variety of instruments used, including voice, and the high standard for entrants makes the early rounds fascinating.

The Festival also has a Fringe, with local pubs featuring a variety of music. Bromsgrove Folk Club, plus guests, appear on two occasions at the Catshill Club. On May 9, Trigger will perform in an exciting show at Artrix, along with special guests.


THE 49th BROMSGROVE FESTIVAL
April 24 – May 9, 2009
The 29th International Young Musicians’ Platform: April 30 – May 3

Friday April 24
Film: The Great Mr Handel - Artrix – 7.45 pm

Saturday April 25
Mendelssohn Celebration Concert - Artrix – 7.45 pm
English Symphony Orchestra - Conductor: Adrian Partington - Soloist: Dunja Lavrova
Overture: The Hebrides
Symphony No 4 in A
Italian Overture
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Violin Concerto in E minor

Tuesday April 28
Saraband Consort - Grafton Manor Chapel - 7.45 pm
Violins, Cello, Archlute & Harpsichord
A programme of Purcell and Handel

Friday May 1
Housman Evening: A Shropshire Lad - Artrix – 7.45 pm
Readings, musical settings and reflections on the poems of A E Housman by MUSE
Andrew Banham - Richard Frewer - David Price

Saturday May 2
An Evening with Willard White: Robeson Re-explored - Artrix – 7.45 pm
Guy Barker – Trumpet * Neal Thornton – piano * Geoff Cascoyne – bass
*  Richard Bolton – guitar * Mark Doffman – drums *  Paváo String Quartet

The International Young Musicians’ Platform
(early rounds Thur, Fri & Sat; semi final Sunday morning)
Finals Concert Sunday May 3 at 7pm - New Guesten Hall, Avoncroft

Tuesday May 5
Emma Johnson, Natalie Clein & John Lenehan
- New Guesten Hall, Avoncroft – 7.45 pm
John Ireland - Trio for clarinet, cello and piano
J Brahms - Sonata for clarinet and piano Opus 120 No 2
Frank Bridge - Cello sonata
J Brahms - Trio in A minor for Clarinet, cello and piano op.114

Friday May 8
Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen
- Artrix – 7.45 pm
An evening of traditional jazz

Saturday May 9
The Elgar Chorale & Camerata Orchestra
- St John’s Church, Bromsgrove - 7.45 pm
Organist: Jonathan Kingston - Conductor: Dr Donald Hunt
Te Deum - Haydn
Concerto per L’Organo No 2 - Haydn
Missa in C (‘Krõingsmesse’) - Mozart
Coronation Anthem - Handel
Music for the Royal Fireworks - Handel
Coronation Anthems - Handel
Jerusalem - Parry

Further info: 01527 575441 or 01527 872975
http://www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk

Tickets: Bromsgrove Museum, 26 Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove B61 8AB
Tel: 01527 876504


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