Vespers is f itting end to triumph of festival
email@example.com 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.stourmusic.org.uk