Me­dieval church is ideal set­ting for mu­sic fes­ti­val

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The me­dieval All Saints’ Church at Boughton Aluph was packed out for the start of the Stour Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

It be­gan last Fri­day with a con­cert given by vo­cal en­sem­ble Stile An­tico, which marked the start of a mu­si­cal feast through­out the open­ing week­end.

One of the highlights at the start of the 54th fes­ti­val was the con­cert of mu­sic by Couperin given on Satur­day by The King’s Con­sort, fea­tur­ing the Nor­we­gian mezzo so­prano Mar­i­anne Beate Kiel­land and so­prano Ju­lia Doyle.

Sue Dav­i­son one of the fes­ti­val’s or­gan­is­ers said: “It was the most won­der­ful con­cert of mu­sic, which showed mu­si­cian­ship and tech­ni­cal abil­ity and it was very mov­ing.

“Peo­ple were say­ing how won­der­ful it was and the beau­ti­ful set­ting of the church in the heart of ru­ral Kent, over­look­ing the Stour Val­ley made it even bet­ter. It was heart-stop­ping.”

The King’s Con­sort is one of the world’s lead­ing pe­riod in­stru­ment orches­tras with more than 100 CD record­ings to its name, many win­ning in­ter­na­tional awards.

The au­di­ence were of­fered a wide-rang­ing pro­gramme fea­tur­ing early mu­sic, which i ncluded the com­plete Bran­den­burg Con­cer­tos by J S Bach given by Flo­ri­legium.

Run­ning from June 17 to 26 the an­nual event is set to con­clude this Sun­day with the fes­ti­val choir and orches­tra per­form­ing Pur­cell’s 1692 Ode on St Cecilia’s Day, to­gether with Han­del’s Ode for the Birth­day of Queen Anne.

Stour Mu­sic was founded in 1962 by Al­fred Deller and has been run by his son Mark since 1975.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.stour­mu­ uk

The King’s Con­sort per­form­ing mu­sic by the French com­poser Couper­ing

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4388732

From left, Su­sanne Hein­rich, Robert King, Mar­i­anne Beate Kiel­land, Ju­lia Doyle and Lynda Sayce

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