Tuesday 19 May 2020

Live in Lockdown: The English Music Festival goes on-line

English Music Festival
In common with many other arts events, the 14th English Music Festival (EMF) which was due to take place this month has moved on-line with a weekend of events from Friday 22 May to Monday 25 May 2020.

A number of EMF artists have live filmed concerts and talks from their homes, so we will hear baritone Roderick Williams on Vaughan Williams’s Willow Wood, conductor Hilary Davan Wetton on British composers, conductor Joseph Fort looks at the English version of Brahms’s Requiem, plus talks from composer Richard Blackford and violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck. In his film, Paul Guinery also delves into his basement archive and shares with us his beautiful and fascinating scores.

The baroque group Ensemble Hesperi will be seen in live footage from recent concerts as well as introductions to the music in question, while pianists Duncan Honeybourne and Paul Guinery invite us into their homes for recitals of music by Bax, Vaughan Williams, Howells, Ireland, Moeran, Scott, Ivor Novello and Noel Coward.  Cellist Joseph Spooner is joined by pianist Nicholas Bosworth in a concert entitled The English Cello at Home and Abroad, while Rupert Marshall-Luck plays a solo violin programme of music by Bach, Elgar and Joseph Phibbs.

Full details from the English Music Festival website.

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