Ves­pers is f it­ting end to tri­umph of fes­ti­val

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Stour Music Finale - By James Scott

js­cott@thek­m­ The 51st Stour Mu­sic fes­ti­val ended on a high note with a per­for­mance of Mon­teverdi’s cel­e­brated 1610 Ves­pers.

The an­nual fes­ti­val of baroque and re­nais­sance mu­sic at All Saints’ Church in Boughton Aluph took place over two week­ends from June 21 un­til June 30.

It cul­mi­nated with the Stour Fes­ti­val Choir be­ing joined by so­pra­nos Kathryn Jenkin and Lynne Daw­son, counter-tenor David All­sopp, tenors Charles Daniels, Jeremy Budd and Paul Young, and bass James Ot­t­away on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Con­ducted by fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Mark Deller, the per­for­mance also fea­tured Rachel Podger’s Bre­con Baroque and His Majestys Sag­butts and Cor­netts.

Speak­ing af­ter the fi­nal con­cert Mr Deller said: “It was al­ways go­ing to be a chal­lenge to match the par­tic­u­lar suc­cess and ex­cite­ment of last year’s 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, but in the event the 2013 fes­ti­val pro­duced sev­eral truly mem­o­rable con­certs, and all of them lived up to the high stan­dard of in­ter­na­tional mu­sic-mak­ing that we have come to ex­pect at Stour Mu­sic.”

The pre­vi­ous night, there was an im­pres­sive per­for­mance by two of Kent’s most tal­ented young mu­si­cians in 12-year-old vi­o­lin­ist Em­manuel Webb and his nine-year-old brother cel­list Gabriel, ac­com­pa­nied on pi­ano by their fa­ther Jonathan.

Au­di­ences also en­joyed con­certs given by Fret­work, the Con­sort of Vi­ols, The So­ci­ety of Strange and An­cient In­stru­ments, and the Mag­dalena Con­sort, di­rected by Peter Harvey.

Plans for next year’s fes­ti­val are al­ready un­der way.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.stour­mu­

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