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Stroud Green Festival 2019: Celebrating Women! Music brought to life!

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Stroud Green, Highgate, Crouch End & Finsbury Park

various venues in Stroud Green, Finsbury Park, Crouch End and Highgate

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EVENT 1: Saturday 1 June 1pm-3.30pm (choir only) & 4.15pm-6.15pm (with orchestra/soloists)
Holy Trinity Church, Stroud Green
Come and Sing Vivaldi’s Gloria led by Edward Hughes, conductor of the Godwine Choir. A chance to sing Vivaldi's Gloria with orchestra and soloists and sing in the evening concert (Event 2)
Tickets: £14 (£10 concs)
Please also visit www.stroudgreenfestival.org.uk/programme/event-01.htm to fill in a registration form or call 020 8351 2838.


EVENT 2: Saturday 1 June 7.30pm- 9.45pm
Holy Trinity Church, Stroud Green
Festival Preview & Vivaldi’s Gloria
Come along and help raise funds for Stroud Green Festival while enjoying a sneak preview of what we have lined up for you! The first half will feature festival artists including Marion Bettsworth (keyboards), Chloe Lam (soprano) and members of The Telling, Electric Voice Theatre, Lux Musicae London and Davies & Daughters.

Also featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria with orchestra & participants from the afternoon Come & Sing
Chloe Lam & Victoria Couper sopranos
Patricia Hammond mezzo
Edward Hughes conductor

Plus a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria with full orchestra, participants from the afternoon Come & Sing and soloists
Chloe Lam soprano
Patricia Hammond mezzo
Tickets: £8 (£5 concs; under 12s go free)
FAMILY FRIENDLY!


EVENT 3: Friday 7 June 8pm – 9.30pm
Holy Trinity Church Hall, Stroud Green
Sing of a woman
Davies and Daughters:
Sally Davies, Holly Cullen Davies, Flo Cullen Davies
(voice)
Close harmonies in English, Serbian, Sephardic, Georgian & French folk songs from this unique family female vocal trio. Songs about brave, passionate, betrayed, robust, undone or inventive women.
Following their enthusiastic reception last year, don’t miss this special concert!
Atmosphere and candlelight
Tickets: £8 (£5 concs; under 12s go free)
FAMILY FRIENDLY!

EVENT 4: Saturday 8 June 6pm-7pm
St Michael’s Church, Highgate
Forgotten Stories
Flauguissimo
Johan Lofving guitar
Yu-Wei Hu flute
Also part of St Michael’s Saturdays at Six series
The untold musical tales of women composers and a journey from Royal Castles to domestic salons. Music by Anna Amalia of Prussia, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn and their male contemporaries Roman, Schubert & Giuliani
Tickets: Pay what you can in advance - or donate on the door
“sublime" Early Music Today

EVENT 5: Saturday 8 June 8.30pm – 9.40pm
St Michael’s Church, Highgate
Vision: the imagined testimony of Hildegard of Bingen a concert/play by Clare Norburn
So much more than a reading with music: this is a fully staged piece with dramatic lighting, which presents the personal dilemma of the extraordinary medieval Abbess Hildegard of Bingen alongside her mesmeric chants, with emotional interchanges between musicians and actor
“such exquisite singing, story-telling, stagecraft brought tears to my eyes”
“heaven must sound just like this” audience feedback
“beguiling, Siren-like voices... the fervent, florid chants of Hildegard of Bingen – so fragrant you can almost smell them… There is an expressive ardour to these performances that is hard to resist” BBC Music Magazine
The Telling
Clare Norburn & Ariane Prüssner
voices
Jean Kelly harp
with Teresa Banham as Hildegard (subject to availability)
Nicholas Renton director
Natalie Rowland Lighting Designer
Tickets: £15 (£10 concs)

EVENT 6: Sunday 9 June 3pm – 4.45pm
Holy Innocents Church, Crouch End
Ophelia & Shakespeare’s Women
Music from Shakespeare’s plays alongside readings from the plays and new poems inspired by Shakespeare’s women by Amy Neilson-Smith
The Lovekyn Consort
Patricia Hammond voice
William Summers Renaissance flute, recorder
Stephen Carpenter lute, guitar
with Cassie Emmott actor
Tickets: £12 (£8 concs)

EVENT 7: Sunday 9 June 8.30pm- 9.45pm
Holy Trinity Church, Stroud Green
Ordo Virtutum: an allergorical music-drama by medieval Abbess Hildegard of Bingen about the struggle for a human soul, the Anima, between the Virtues and the Devil., arguably the earliest “opera” by a woman.
“Stunning simplicity and pure serenity reach out to touch the heart of the listener...a cappella singing of excellent clarity and ensemble…soaring virtuosity” Bournemouth Evening Echo
“a wonderful performance...the vocal artistry at a very high level... If I were forced to limit my library to only one recording of music by Hildegard von Bingen, this would be it.” Continuo Magazine, USA
Vox Animae
Ansy Boothroyd as the Soul
Evelyn Tubb as Humility, Queen of the Virtues
Jennie Cassidy, Yvonne Eddy, Ruth Gomme, Clare Norburn & Lindsay Richardson singers
Michael Fields harp & music director
Nigel Richards actor as The Devil
Tickets: £15 (£10 concs)

EVENT 8: Thursday 13 June 6.15pm-7.25pm
Holy Trinity Church, Stroud Green
Echoes from London explores the lives of local suffragettes, scientists & composers, including former Stroud Green School Headteacher, electrical engineer and inventor Hertha Ayrton and Haringey–born composer Madeleine Dring and our own local composer and singer Frances M Lynch. Pupils from Stroud Green Primary School will join Frances in a couple of numbers.
Electric Voice Theatre (winners of the special Editors Award, Edinburgh Fringe)
Frances Lynch singer & composer
Tickets: Free event – tickets can be pre-booked here
FAMILY FRIENDLY!


EVENT 9: Friday 14 June 8pm – 9.30pm
Union Church and Community Centre, Crouch End
Tina May voice & David Gordon piano
Jazz Hi-Jinks
Jazz singer, Tina May joins the irrepressible pianist David Gordon for vocal hi-jinks, Latin American gems and gorgeous original songs.
“one of our most brilliant pianists...festival organisers should be grabbing these guys with both hands’ London Jazz News
Tickets: £10 (£7 concs)
***Due to unforeseen circumstances, originally listed singer Lucy Dixon (as printed in the brochure) has been replaced by Tina May***

EVENT 10: Saturday 15 June 12 noon-1pm
St Augustine’s Church, Highgate
Organ Recital by Marion Bettsworth
Seasonal music for Pentecost and Trinity interspersed with pieces by contemporary composer including Cecilia McDowall and James MacMillan.
Tickets: Free event – tickets can be pre-booked here

EVENT 11: Saturday 15 June 5.30pm – 7.30pm
St Saviour’s Church, Finsbury Park
The Secrets of Andalusia
The story of Flamenco music’s embedded roots in medieval Spanish, Arabic and Sephardic music: an exciting coming together of one of London’s most exciting young early music groups, with masters of Flamenco and Arabic oud Ignacio Lusardi and Ahmed Mukhtar
“Mukhtar extracts magic: he can make the oud dream, gallop, or thunder, and he uses silence to great effect” The Independent
Lux Musicae London - Stroud Green Festival Ensemble-in-Residence
Victoria Couper soprano
Daniel Thomson tenor
Harry Buckoke viola da gamba
Aileen Henry harp
Toby Carr lute
Mirjam-Luise Muenzel & Sophie Creaner recorders
With Ignacio Lusardi flamenco guitar
Ahmed Mukhtar oud
FAMILY FRIENDLY!
Tickets: £15 (£10 concs) includes free attendance to Event 12

EVENT 12: Saturday 15 June 8.45pm – 9.45pm
St Saviour’s Church, Finsbury Park
The First Singer-Songwriter Superstars
Experience the virtuosity and the bravery of two Italian women, Francesca Caccini (1587–1641) and Barbara Strozzi (1619 –1677) whose successful careers as singer & composers included publications of witty, charming and sometimes political songs.
Lux Musicae London - Stroud Green Festival Ensemble-in-Residence
Victoria Couper soprano
Daniel Thomson tenor
Aileen Henry harp
Toby Carr lute
Mirjam-Luise Muenzel recorders
Tickets: £8 (£5 concs) OR FREE to event 11 ticket holders

***Bargain combined ticket for events 11 and 12: £15 (£10 concs)***


Sunday 16 June: 11.30am– 12.40pm Holy Trinity Church
FESTIVAL SERVICE followed by Bring and Share Lunch
Sing with the Holy Trinity Choir: rehearsal at 9.30am. If you would like to sing, please email icholij@yahoo.co.uk for details of music and other rehearsals

EVENT 13: Sunday 16 June 7.30pm – 9.45pm
Holy Trinity Church, Stroud Green
Beethoven’s String Quartet Journey: the last chapter: a concert/play by Clare Norburn alongside full performances of “Late Quartets” Opus 130, Opus 133 (the Grosse Fugue) and Opus 135
The Dante Quartet
Krysia Osostowicz & Oscar Perks
violins
Yuko Inoue viola
Richard Jenkinson cello
with David Timson as Beethoven
After a sell-out performance last year, Beethoven is back (in a bigger venue) alongside the String Quartet he hears in his head. This time, he will guide you through some of his Late Quartets - but he also won’t be able to stop himself telling you about his demons, loves, landladies (he lived in 60 apartments in 24 years in Vienna) and frustrations too...
Tickets: £15 (£10 concs)

EVENT 14: Wednesday 19 June 1pm – 1.30pm
St Mellitus Church, Finsbury Park
Music of mountain and fjord
Recital by Andrea Kmecova piano
Music from Norway, Denmark & Finland by Grieg, Sinding, Gade, Nielsen & lesser-known woman Agathe Backer Grøndahl
Part of St Mellitus lunchtime concert Series
Tickets: Free event (cannot be pre-booked, just turn up!)

EVENT 15: Thursday 20 June 7.30pm – 9.15pm
St Mellitus Parish Hall, Finsbury Park
Unsung Heroine: the secret life & love of medieval singer-songwriter Beatriz de Dia by Clare Norburn
Troubadour Countess, Beatriz de Dia (1140-1212) was the Amy Winehouse of her day. Instinctively creative, she channelled her dark personal experiences into impassioned song. This half play/half concert blends history and fiction, taking you back to the heady atmosphere of 12th Century Provence with plaintive songs and foot-stomping medieval dances.
The Telling
Clare Norburn voice, playwright
Joy Smith harp, percussion
Giles Lewin medieval fiddle, bagpipes
With Anna Demetriou actor as Beatriz (subject to availability)
Nicholas Renton director
Natalie Rowland lighting designer
Tickets: £15 (£10 concs)

EVENT 16a and 16b: Friday 21 June
16a
: 7.45pm-8.30pm Pre-concert installation event
16b: 8.45pm- 9.45pm Concert
St Saviour’s Church, Finsbury Park
ReCentred: introducing Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994) and her circle
Maconchy’s early and late quartets will bookend music by her teacher Vaughan Williams and daughter Nicola LeFanu. Photographs and Maconchy’s writings will be read and projected, with the quartet performing centrally, surrounded by the audience. A pre-concert multimedia installation event will introduce Maconchy using film, photography; the audience can wander around and interact with musicians and listen to examples
The Bloomsbury Quartet - Stroud Green Festival Ensemble-in-Residence
Eva de Vries & Janell Yeo violins
Rachel Maxey viola
Felicity Smith cello
Tickets: £10 (£7 concs)

EVENT 17: Saturday 22 June 11am-12 noon
Holy Trinity Church Hall, Stroud Green
Sophie and the Forest of Fables
One day Sophie accidentally turns herself and her family into geese. This doesn’t normally happen in North London and she’s worried her friends will laugh at her honking voice and webbed feet. A friendly singing blackbird leads her into a forest introducing her to a series of animals as they search for the secret to will turn Sophie and her family back into humans.
A fabulous fairy-tale words and music for 3 to 7 year-olds, in homage to Charles Perrault (1628-1703), writer of Mother Goose - with lots of help needed from the audience. Please bring your favourite woodland animal soft toy!
Jonathan Rees writer, narrator and musician
Tickets: Children £3; Accompanying adult: £4
FAMILY FRIENDLY!

EVENT 18: Saturday 22 June 7.30pm – 9.20pm
St Saviour’s Church, Finsbury Park
A French Star and Biblical Heroines
French harpsichordist and composer Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre achieved great acclaim in her lifetime. As well as an opera and much harpsichord and chamber music, she wrote a series of cantatas celebrating feisty biblical women including Susannah, Judith and Esther.
Rising star soprano and writer Chloe Lam and friends re-imagine some of the cantatas alongside the Pièces de clavecin. Artist Sonya Rademeyer will respond to the performance live, projected on a screen. Families can draw their own responses too!
Chloe Lam soprano, writer
Harry Buckoke viola da gamba
Marta López keyboard
Sonya Rademeyer artist
Tickets: £10 (£7 concs)
FAMILY FRIENDLY!

EVENT 19: Sunday 23 June 3.30pm-5.30pm
Holy Trinity Church, Stroud Green
A Sunday Afternoon Serenade
Beethoven’s String Trio Op. 9 No 3. C minor, Dohnányi ‘s Serenade Op. 10 in C-major & music by London-based composer Neli Dimitrova-Ederlezi
Veles Ensemble
Hartmut Richter violin
Ralistsa Naydenova viola
Evva Mizerska cello
Tickets: £12 (£8 concs) IN ADVANCE ONLY available from www.velesensemble.com/tickets
Or £15 (£10 concs) on the door

EVENT 20: Sunday 23 June 8pm – 9.45pm
Holy Trinity Church Hall, Stroud Green
Creating Carmen: exciting WORLD PREMIERE of brand new concert/play by Clare Norburn
Meet the colourful writer Prosper Merimee, who created the Carmen novella (the basis for Bizet’s opera). Clare Norburn’s new concert/play explores how his myriad love affairs underpinned Carmen's creation. Merimee’s experiences will be intertwined with music from Carmen and Spanish or Spanish-inspired music by Boccherini, da Falla, Granados, Ravel, Delibes and Albeniz in arrangements by exciting young trio Carmen Co.
"What is most impressive about Norburn’s conception is the way various strata and elements combine and cohere so effortlessly. Past and present, truth and fantasy, real and imagined come together in a tightly knit and intimate drama" Opera Today
Carmen Co
Emily Andrews mezzo/flute
Francisco Correa & David Massey guitars
Suzanne Ahmet as Carmen
& actor tbc as Mérimée
Nicholas Renton director
Tickets: £15 (£10 concs)

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