A taster of this year’s festival….
Children’s events are to the fore this year, by popular request. In addition to our film-making and immersive Shakespeare workshops we will also present interactive music sessions for parents, babies & toddlers from Keziah Thomas and her big golden harp! We’re delighted to be teaming-up with Morley college, who will run an arts and crafts session for 7 - 13-year-olds at their creative space behind Stockwell tube station.
For the adults, our resident journalist Ed Stourton will be interviewing Society wit & gossip, former editor of Vogue, Chairman of the V&A, Chairman of Conde Nast, and author of wonderfully funny and naughty novels, Nicholas Coleridge. Nicholas’ memoirs are due to be published at this time and he has promised to be indiscreet! We will also hear some of Nicholas’ favourite music, as we did with Simon Russell Beale last year.
For music-lovers, there are some real treats in store. The acclaimed Brixton Chamber Orchestra will return for another spectacular concert, this year with world-famous flautist (and Stockwell resident) William Bennett, and also a newly formed St Michael’s Festival Chorus! The programme will include Carl Reinecke’s Flute Concerto & Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. Lunchbreak Opera will perform Puccini’s immensely funny Gianni Schicchi, and a Jazz Jam will feature a ‘all-stars’ house band and welcome players from all over South London.
And it doesn’t stop there! The Festival’s Sunday services will be adorned with liturgical music from various traditions, including 17th-century compositions for Voices & Viols from Musica Antica Rotherhithe, French Spiritual Arias from soprano Camilla Seale and much-loved Anglican Cathedral repertoire in for Choral Matins.