Wednesday 14 October 2020

Bloomsbury Festival 2020: live, on-line and on the radio

Bloomsbury Festival 2020 

On 16 October 2020, the Bloomsbury Festival launches with over 100 events in and around Bloomsbury, inside, outside, on-line and on Bloomsbury Radio. Running until 25 October, the festival features world premieres, cross-genre collaborations, classical and world music. Established in 2006, each October the festival brings a creative explosion to venues in Bloomsbury.

Romantic Remnants is a cross-art collaboration, which combines Owen Ho's arrangement of Schumann's Scenes from Childhood with American composer Joan Tower's Petroushskates, choreography, video and photography. In The Colours of Music, pianist Anna Szałucka and cellist Margarita Balanas perform Pärt, Bartók, Chopin, Ravel, Szymanowski and Debussy whilst Balans will be live-painting during the piano solos! 

Another cross genre concert, Music & Renewal presented by NW Live Arts, will be mixing Kiljit Bhamra on tabla, Andres Ticino on percussion and the Alkyona String Quartet, moving from improvisation on tabla, to Ravel and Ligeti, to a new piece by Caroline Heslop, and video art exploring how music renews the mind, body and spirit created by members of a community workshop led by artist Antonia Attwood.

Archicantores will be performing Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle in Holy Cross Church. And regular lunchtime concerts will be streamed on-line from the Music Room, Great Ormond Street, and available throughout the festival including recitals from pianist Siyu Sun, lutenist Sergio Bucheli, soprano Adaya Malka Peled and pianist Chavdar Mazgelov,  saxophonist Robert Finegan and harpist Tara Viscardi, and violinist Kevin Ng and pianist Thomas Ang.

Full details from the festival website.

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