Thursday, 22 April 2021

Muzio Clementi, Mystery Plays, and late-night Bach: Lichfield Festival's lively 2021 programme

Lichfield Cathedral during the 2017 Lichfield Festival (Photo Redlock Photography)
Lichfield Cathedral during the 2017 Lichfield Festival (Photo Redlock Photography)

 It is heartening that Summer festivals are not only coming out of the woodwork but finding creative ways of coping social restrictions. The Lichfield Festival will be running this year from 8 to 18 July 2021 with a lively programme which ranges from Ballet Cymru in Giselle to the Lichfield Mystery Plays (performed on the green in front of the cathedral) to the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

I Fagiolini and narrator Jessica Walker are bringing their programme exploring T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (in slimmed down form) will be playing Bach, Stravinsky and Rameau under its principal conductor Ryan Bancroft (the third year of the orchestra's residency at the festival), and violinist Rachel Podger will be giving an evening of late-night Bach.

The story of Lichfield resident, the 19th century composer, pianist and instrument maker Muzio Clementi, is told through words and music, played on an original Clementi square piano.

Also on the menu is flamenco, Alastair McGowan's The Piano Show,  as well as four artists in residence Chloe Hanslip (violin), Danny Driver (piano),  Jessica Walker (writer/singer) and Joseph Atkins (composer/piano), and daily showcases for the festival's Young Artists.

Full details from the Lichfield Festival website.

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