Seeing Sound – the colour of music in the 20th Century

2020-03-07T14:17:52+00:00June 11th, 2020|, |

The connection between colour and music goes back to Aristotle, and composers have conceived music as colour ever since. Using piano demonstrations and a trove of audio excerpts, Jonathan James will illustrate how music - keys, tonalities, chords and tone - can be 'seen' and how colour, for some late Romantics and early modernists, became [...]

The Alex Voysey Blues Band – Old Dogs, New Tricks.

2020-03-12T12:49:20+00:00June 10th, 2020|, , |

Alex Voysey returns to the festival by popular demand with his blues band and a new show for 2020. Travel back in time through 100 years of the blues as they explore some of the genre’s founding fathers like B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to current artists such as Joe Bonamassa and Joanne Shaw [...]

Rosa & Roberto – an evening of Spanish flair & virtuosity

2020-03-08T09:19:45+00:00June 8th, 2020||

Rosa Campos- Fernandez (clarinets) and Roberto Carillo-Garcia (guitar and double bass) - two musicians on four instruments. An evening of Spanish flair with a hot Latin flavour including music by Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos and Sergio Assad. Both esteemed members of the Hallé Orchestra, Roberto and Rosa’s infectious enthusiasm and virtuosic playing make for the perfect summer’s [...]

Coffee Concert with Marcel Zidani

2020-03-08T09:28:17+00:00June 8th, 2020||

Prize winning composer and pianist Marcel Zidani presents a programme of uplifting and beautiful piano music to include traditional works by classical composers Mozart and Liszt and a masterpiece by the great living jazz pianist Keith Jarrett. With an additional touch of Spanish musical elegance there will be something for every musical taste. Marcel is [...]

Beets & Pieces The Crista Trio: Ashok Gupta, Ben & David Powell

2020-03-08T09:59:33+00:00June 7th, 2020||

Beethoven’s final and heroic Archduke Piano Trio forms the centrepiece of this concert in celebration of his 250th anniversary. Performed by Ashok Gupta and friends of the Festival Ben and David Powell as the Crista Trio, the programme also includes rarely heard arrangements of Beethoven’s famous overture Egmont and Chabrier’s orchestral masterpiece Espana, along with [...]

Exploring Edward Lear – a musical show by Robin Smith

2020-03-08T10:47:13+00:00June 6th, 2020|, , |

In this musical show curated for the festival, composer, pianist and arranger Robin Smith explores Lear’s life through his poems with newly commissioned music inspired by his fascination with his story, alongside a display of reimagined illustrations by artist Sallie Taylor and narration by Oliver Taylor. Edward Lear was a man delighted by words and [...]

Noel Coward Evening with Peter Gill

2019-11-22T08:07:39+00:00November 22nd, 2019|, |

Pianist and entertainer Peter Gill presents a tribute to the wit and song-writing skill of that most English of Englishmen, Noel Coward, who said of himself "I am an enormously talented man and there is no point  in denying  it". Born in 1899, Coward was an actor, writer, composer, director, producer, and in later life [...]