Cel­e­bra­tion of Ir­ish com­poser

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Canterbury Festival October 14 - November 4 -

In the first ‘break out’ con­cert cel­e­bra­tion of its kind, the Fes­ti­val is hold­ing a three-day cel­e­bra­tion of the music of Ir­ish com­poser Charles Vil­liers Stan­ford as part of its 2017 line-up.

Stan­ford (1852- 1924) was one of the lead­ing mu­si­cians of his gen­er­a­tion. A per­former, con­duc­tor, com­poser, teacher and writer, he is largely re­mem­bered for his songs and re­li­gious music.

Long-time Stan­ford en­thu­si­ast the Dean of Can­ter­bury, the Very Rev Robert Willis, in­tro­duces the open­ing con­cert, A Cathe­dral Cel­e­bra­tion, held in the glo­ri­ous Cathe­dral Quire on Fri­day, Novem­ber 3 with a pro­gramme that in­cludes the Te Deum Lau­damus in B flat, with music by the Cathe­dral Choir to­gether with the Ju­bi­late Brass.

The stand-out Fes­ti­val con­cert, We Looked for Peace, in the Cathe­dral in­cludes a world pre­miere by vi­o­lin­ist Tas­min Lit­tle with the in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed English Cham­ber Orches­tra, who play Stan­ford’s Vari­a­tions for Vi­olin Solo and Orches­tra. It is fol­lowed by Lark As­cend­ing by Vaughan Wil­liams (a pupil of Stan­ford).

Two Satur­day morn­ing talks by Stan­ford scholar Dr Adele Com­mins in the Old Sy­n­a­gogue are fol­lowed by a lunchtime recital by Madeleine Mitchell (vi­olin) and Rudi East­wood (pi­ano) of Stan­ford’s Three Char­ac­ter­is­tic Pieces, as well as works by Goossens, How­ells and Bridge (all pupils of Stan­ford) in St Gre­gory’s Cen­tre for Music.

All the way from the Nether­lands, the 57-strong Toonkun­stkoor Lei­den choir sing works by Stan­ford, in­clud­ing Fairy Day and Songs of the Fleet, while the Dante Quar­tet – who hold a sev­enyear res­i­dency at King’s Col­lege and are record­ing Stan­ford’s com­plete quar­tets (many of them un­pub­lished) bring the week­end to a close with Stan­ford’s Quar­tet No.3 at the Colyer-fer­gus­son Hall.

A Cathe­dral Cel­e­bra­tion will be hosted by the Dean of Can­ter­bury

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