Tempest in Marble City
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We were wondering how new festival director Eugene Downes would grapple with the tricky task of positioning the event – now in its 41st year – in a way that would continue to blend the classical, the traditional and the contemporary.
We’ll leave the former two areas for other Ticket writers to discuss, but with regards to the contemporary strand, let’s just say that Downes has come up trumps.
A particular highlight is London spokenword performer, Kate Tempest (right), whose heroes include rapper GZA (of WuTang Clan) and the works of William Blake. Tempest won last year’s Ted Hughes Award for her theatrical spoken-word work, Brand New Ancients, and recently released her concept album, Everybody Down.
Another female performer appearing is My Brightest Diamond (aka Shara Worden), which blends elegant strands of rock, chamber music, opera and alt.pop.
Add in the likes of Bill Frisell, The Gloaming, Thomas Bartlett, Basiani Ensemble and Canzoniere Greciano Salentino, and you have an international line-up that balances quality with substance and playfulness with integrity.
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