Wednesday 12 April 2023

Starry, starry night: Islington Festival of Music and Art 2023

Islington Festival 2022 (Photo Marc Gascoigne)
Islington Festival 2022 (Photo Marc Gascoigne)

The Islington Festival of Music and Art returns with a festival themed around Van Gogh's Starry Night over the Rhône with ten days of concerts from 13 to 22 July 2023 in iconic venues around Islington. The opening concert features festival artists in Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht and Mozart's Sinfonia concertante for violin & viola, and the night theme continues with pianist Dmitri Kalashnikov's performance of the complete Chopin Nocturnes.

There is a Bastille Day celebration, featuring miniatures for violin and piano by Pauline Viardot, Cecile Chaminade, Germaine Tailleferre and others from Joana Ly and Martin Andrew, and French song from tenor John Gyeantey, flautist Simon Channing and pianist Martin Andre.

Kati Debretzeni presents a programme of unaccompanied music for violin including Bach, cellist Miguel Andre Villeda Ceron plays three of Bach's unaccompanied cello suites, chamber version of Mozart Piano Concertos are paired with Zemlinsky's String Quartet No. 1, Robert Kahn's Piano Quartet no. 2, and Schubert's String Quartet No.15. Kensington Winds perform Mozart's Gran Partita alongside music by Gounod.

There is yoga with live harp music, a street photography workshop, live sketching during the concerts, and a photography exhibition showing how Islington has changed over the years. And all concerts are free to children.

Full details from the festival website.

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