Monday 9 May 2022

Up Close and Musical is back with an all-female line-up

Up Close and Musical

In 2021, I chatted to Shiry Rashkovsky about the Up Close and Musical festival [see my article] at the Fidelio Cafe of which she was the artistic director; the festival had been rescheduled twice before it could finally take place in 2021. Now the second festival has been announced for the weekend of 24 and 25 June 2022, again at the Fidelio Cafe. And this time, the festival is presenting an all-female line-up of performers, along with a remarkable number of works by female composers.

There will be five concerts across the two days, and in each recital the artists will have a candid interview with Shiri Rashkovsky,  and following each performance there is a chance to enjoy a meal or drinks at the Fidelio Cafe.

Pianist Clare Hammond opens the festival with a recital of 20th century works including music by Doreen Carwithen, Unsuk Chin, George Walker and Nikolai Medtner. Trio Klein (violinist Kamila Bydlowska, violist Shiry Rashkovsky, cellist Ella Rundle) return to the festival with a late-night recital performing music by John Adams and Duran Duran (in new arrangements) plus trios by Sofia Gubaidulina and Alfred Schnittke. The programme's tongue-in-cheek name is 80's Night as all the music was written in the 1980s!

Trumpeter Matilda Lloyd performs a diverse programme from Hildegard von Bingen to Sofia Gubaidulina and Deborah Pritchard, the all-female Eusebius Quartet performs Bartok and Elgar, and to close the festival violinist Fenella Humphreys plays music by Errollyn Wallen, Freya Waley-Cohen, Grazyna Bacewicz, Roxanna Panufnik, Fritz Kreisler and Niccoló Paganini.

Full details from the festival website.

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