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.