Tuesday 1 October 2013

Ealing Autumn Festival

Matthew Barley
Matthew Barley
Ealing Autumn Festival returns for its fourth year, running from 11 to 27 October 2013. This year the festival centres on the music of Britten, with an explosion of his music including a performance of Noyes Fludde, plus Matthew Barley and the Voskresenije choir from St. Petersburg exploring the Russian connection in Britten's cello music, and programmes of chamber and orchestral music, and a chance to hear film director Tony Palmer talking about his film on Britten. 

Two choirs, the Addison Singers, director David Wordsworth, and Voskresenije from St. Petersburg, director Jurij Maruk, will be joining forces for a concert of Britten's sacred music, folksongs, settings of Russian poetry, a setting of an English traditional song by Shostakovich and Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia. Cellist Matthew Barley then performs Britten's Cello Suite no.3, and will be joined by Voskresenije who will be singing the Russian folksongs which Britten used in the suite. (12/10)

Britten's opera Noyes Fludde will be staged in St John's Church, Southall with Simon Thorpe as Noye, Magdalen Ashman as Mrs Noye, the Bridge Quartet and over 150 children (26/10). A screening of Tony Palmer's film about Britten Nocturne, will be introduced by a pre-concert talk by Palmer himself (21/10)

Janet Obi-Keller and David Wordsworth will be giving a recital of music for piano-duo, Britten among friends, with Wordsworth's own arrangement of John Ireland's Mai Dun, plus music by Britten, William Alwyn, and Percy Grainger (16/10). The West London Sinfonia will be performing works by Britten Shostakovich and Mahler at St. Michael's and All Angel's Church, Chiswick (19/10)

Other concerts include birthday celebrations for David Osbon, who recently became Professor of Music at the University of West London (13/10) and a programme of Osbon's music played by the piano duo Ludus Tonalis (20/10)

Further information from the Ealing Autumn Festival website.

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