I am delighted to say that I have been been working with the Highgate Festival on a series of concerts to be held in and around the village to celebrate the end of live performance restrictions – starting on unlock day itself, 21st June.
By next week I hope to be able to open bookings but the prospect live performances is so exciting that I just could not wait to share. We are not yet finally decided on the venues – weather depending, some might even be in a Highgate garden or two – but these are the planned dates so please pencil the dates in your diaries.
21st June – The Corran Quartet who played in the garden at Hampstead Lane last summer on the very last Sunday before the Rule of 6 came in – a glorious summer day, so glorious in fact that their cellist’s cello threatened to melt right away! Probable programme: Bartok’s string quartet No 1 in A Minor and and Dvorak’s American quartet.
22nd June – Korros Ensemble (harp, flute & clarinet). We had a recital planned with Nick Ellis’ trio for the end of last year but of course that fell victim to COVID so I am really delighted that they are able to play for the festival. They have suggested a programme to include pieces by Elizabeth Poston, Arnold Bax and Shostakovich.
25th June – Charles Whittacker and his group played for us in Lawn Road at the end of 2019 and again, we had had a programme planned for last autumn so it is great to be able to reschedule it for now. They have suggested playing Haydn’s op 76 No 2 and Mendelssohn’s String quartet No. 2 A minor.
27th June – And I am really thrilled that Madeleine Mitchell, the inspiration behind Salon Music, is able to play for us with her quartet on the last night of the festival – treating us to Schubert’s Quartet in A minor followed by either some Ravel or some Debussy.
Other musical delights planned over the ten days of the festival will be a streamed performance of The Trout from Chineke! on the afternoon of the 23rd followed by the London Mozart Players in the evening – and a silent disco in Pond Square! More details to come very soon.
And then on the 22-25th July……
Four more days packed with live music – 11 concerts and three workshops plus an art market on the final day in the gardens of Christ Church Highbury. This is the brainchild of Joana Ly of the Corran Quartet and conductor Martin André.
Lunchtime concerts will happen in Islington Square with Ensemble ÉMIGRÉ including songs from the era of Vera Lynn and Marlene Dietrich and favourite salon pieces.
The Evening Concert Series will be in Christ Church Highbury and will showcase the chamber music of Franz Schubert and some of his contemporaries.
Late Night Concerts in Newington Green Meeting House, No 20 Arts, and The Old Queens Head pub are exclusively devoted to the works of J.S. Bach, and include solo violin, lute music, and 3 of the outstanding choral Motets.
For full details of the concerts and workshops and some great early bird discounts on tickets go to the festival’s website.
More details on booking for the Highgate Festival very soon.
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