Wednesday 26 June 2013

Waterloo Festival - War and Communities

St John's Waterloo
St John's Waterloo
The Waterloo Festival runs from 27 June to 2 July 2013 at St. John's Church, Waterloo.  The festival opens on 27 June with a concert by the Southbank Sinfonia, conductor David Corkill, in a programme of works written in and around the second world war with Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen and Prokofiev's Violin Concerto no. 2 with Zanete Uskana (violin) and Poulenc's Sinfonietta.

On Saturday 29 June, the Kreutzer Quartet with Zubin Kanga (piano) and Linda Merrick (clarinet) perform a programme that explores beauty and revelation in extremis, with Giacinto Scelsi's Arc-en-ciel (‘Rainbow’), Michael Hersch's Images from a Closed Ward, David Gorton's Fosdyke Wash and John McCabe's La Donna.

Other programmes include guided walks, the Waterloo community fete (on Sunday 30 June) and Unknown Warriors a programme of readings from poems, plays, letters and blogs, in which National Theatre actors reflect the new reality of warfare (1 July)

The festival closes with Waterloo’s Got Talent, Film Score Competition. Earlier this year, the Waterloo Festival invited composers aged between 18 and 35 to submit a musical score to accompany a short film that was commissioned by the Festival and shot inWaterloo. There were two categories, clarinet quintet and electronic. The top scores – including the winning entry from each category – will be performed live alongside the film with members of Southbank Sinfonia performing those in the clarinet quintet category.

Further information from the festival website.
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