Tuesday 4 May 2021

A new festival aims to provide much needed cultural nourishment in High Barnet

High Barnet Chamber Music Festival

A new festival in North London, the High Barnet Chamber Music Festival, wants to provide Barnet with much-needed cultural nourishment after the last year. Conductor Joshua Ballance is the artistic director and the festival's first outing presents three chamber music concerts during July at Church of St John the Baptist, High Barnet (EN5 4BW) all featuring talented early-career musicians in programmes which provide a lively mix of well-known and lesser known works including music by William Grant Still, Florence Price, Johanna Müller-Hermann and Lili Boulanger alongside Schubert, Schumann, Saint-Saëns, Mahler and Schoenberg.

Violinist Charlie Lovell-Jones kicks things off on 17 July 2021 with a programme of music for violin and piano by Schubert, Saint-Saëns, William Grant Still and Florence Price. Then on 22 July, Joshua Ballance's ensemble, Mad Song, are joined by mezzo-soprano Anita Monserrat for a programme of chamber adaptations of larger works; Webern's arrangement of Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 is preceded by Ballance's own arrangements of Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and five songs by the Austrian composer and pupil of Alexander von Zemlinsky, Johanna Müller-Hermann (1878-1941). The festival ends on 24 July with the Mithras Trio in piano trios by Schumann, Schubert and Lili Boulanger.

Full details from the festival website.

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