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Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - AUTUMN SEASON -

FULL pro­gramme of mu­sic, art and theatre is on of­fer as Arts at Stowe launches its sec­ond au­tumn sea­son.

Fol­low­ing on from a suc­cess­ful in­au­gral year, a var­ied pro­gramme is on of­fer be­tween now and the end of the year.

A se­ries of con­certs will in­volve some of the UKs finest mu­si­cians in a se­ries or­gan­ised by the Mu­sic School.

Viv Mclean makes a welcome re­turn to the Ug­land Au­di­to­rium with The Ad­der­bury Ensem­ble on Septem­ber 16 to per­form a gi­ant mas­ter­piece of the cham­ber mu­sic reper­toire: Schu­mann’s Pi­ano Quin­tet.

Fiori Mu­si­cali pro­vides a unique in­sight to Bach and mu­sic of the Baroque pe­riod at a con­cert in the State Mu­sic Room on Septem­ber 27.

Leg­endary 80s singer song­writer Judie Tzuke comes to Stowe on Oc­to­ber 14 as part of her Songs and Sto­ries tour. It prom­ises to be an in­ti­mate evening of old favourites, new songs, and tales from across her life and ca­reer.

The Fresh Dixie Pro­ject in­jects some jazz-pop-soul fu­sion in to the sea­son with their edgy but time­less grooves on Novem­ber 25.

Stowe School mu­si­cians also present a se­ries of con­certs that in­cludes two Sun­day Cof­fee Con­certs – on Septem­ber 13 and Novem­ber 15– and Stowe School’s finest pi­anists take on the mighty con­cer­tos by Grieg, Beethoven and oth­ers in a c con­cert on Novem­ber 8 that a also fea­tures the Stowe School C Chapel Choir and Stowe F Fes­ti­val Or­ches­tra per­form­ing M Mozart’s Re­quiem.

Art comes to the fore for a f fort­night start­ing from Mon­day. T The Sains­bury Gallery hosts an evoca­tive ex­hi­bi­tion of dis­torted shad­ows cast by im­ages cut from pa­per.

Klára Smith, a pa­per­cut spe­cial­ist uses the tech­nique to re­veal hid­den worlds within worlds: the im­ages tell one story in their flat state and a com­pletely dif­fer­ent one when light paints a world of shad­ows through them. It is part of Pre­ludes to Prom­e­nades – a pro­ject themed around Mus­sorgsky’s Pic­tures at an Ex­hi­bi­tion which inspired many of Klára’s im­ages and which will be per­formed on Septem­ber 23 by pi­anist An­thony He­witt.

Liam Biswell gives a print mak­ing work­shop in the Wat­son School of Art on Oc­to­ber 11 in which par­tic­i­pants can learn a new skill and cre­ate in­cred­i­ble prints us­ing tex­ture, shape, com­po­si­tion, colour and mark mak­ing tech­niques to pro­duce unique works of art.

The pro­gramme of theatre at Stowe is also strong this sea­son with a cou­ple of highly ac­claimed hi­lar­i­ous, silly, and feisty shows, two chil­dren’s theatre pro­duc­tions, plus a run of three per­for­mances by Stowe School’s cream of the se­nior school act­ing tal­ent di­rected by Di­rec­tor of Drama, Nick Bay­ley.

Kill the Beast brings award-win­ning com­edy to Stowe on Oc­to­ber 6 with He Had Hairy Hands. The work prom­ises mys­tery and may­hem com­bin­ing pro­jec­tions, orig­i­nal mu­sic, and quite an im­por­tant pi­geon.

The In­ge­nious Gen­tle­man Don Quixote of La Manacha pre­sented by Lit­tle Soldier Pro­duc­tions on Novem­ber 11 is a mad­cap and hi­lar­i­ously in­ven­tive ren­di­tion of one of the ti­tans of 17th cen­tury literature.

Stowe School’s Drama Depart­ment presents Ly­sis­trata from Novem­ber 26-28 in a vi­brant, ex­cit­ing, and at times risqué pro­duc­tion of Aristo­phanes’ in­spi­ra­tional work.

And young chil­dren will be en­ter­tained with two shows that bring, at the same time, a smile to your face and a lump in your throat.

On Oc­to­ber 26, en­joy Duck, Death and the Tulip – a heart-warm­ing and whim­si­cal play about friend­ship. It en­gages chil­dren and adults alike through mime, magic and pup­petry.

On De­cem­ber 12, Blun­der­bus Theatre re­turns to Stowe with a pro­duc­tion for three to seven year olds called The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark.

To round off the sea­son, Christ­mas at Stowe prom­ises to be mag­i­cal with events pre­sented by Stowe Church and Stowe House as well as Arts at Stowe.

Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties start early with Poet Lau­re­ate Carol Ann Duffy on De­cem­ber 3. She will celebrate Christ­mas with read­ings from her award-win­ning col­lec­tions with mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment from Bri­tain’s fore­most po­etry band, LiT­TLe MA­CHINe. They have col­lab­o­rated with her on a suite of car­ols glit­ter­ing with sea­sonal im­agery.

Stowe Church’s an­nual Fes­ti­val of Trees, run­ning from De­cem­ber 10 to 13, in­cludes a re­turn visit to Stowe by the mas­ters of swing Rance’s Rockin’ Chair on De­cem­ber 12. They will have your feet tap­ping to a uniquely ar­ranged se­lec­tion of jazzy Christ­mas favourites.

The ever pop­u­lar Fes­tive Win­ter’s Evening at Stowe House prom­ises the per­fect start to the Fes­tive Sea­son on De­cem­ber 13 with mu­sic, read­ings, and re­fresh­ments in sump­tu­ous sur­round­ings.

To book tick­ets or for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit www.stowearts.co.uk or call the box of­fice on 0845 680 1926.

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