Stroud Green Festival 7-23 June 2019
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Stroud Green Festival: 7-23 JUNE 2019

Celebrating Women

FROM HILDEGARD TO CARMEN
CLASSICAL, EARLY MUSIC, FOLK & JAZZ

Welcome to Stroud Green Festival 2019: North London’s quirkiest and friendliest festival, where sometimes music and theatre collide.

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“utterly thrilling performances”

“Stroud Green Festival’s concert/plays are on another plane to other stuff out there”

We don’t like categories but we cover a range of acoustic music including classical, jazz, folk, world and early music – and combinations of these. There’s a chance to come and sing – plus several family friendly events.

“same quality as the Barbican – but cheaper & on your doorstep"

If you live in Highgate, Crouch End, Stroud Green or Finsbury Park then don’t miss our top-notch performances on your doorstep this June… See you there!

2019 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Davies and Daughters Sing of a woman: unique local family female vocal trio perform close harmony folk songs about women.
  • The Telling Vision: a personal drama combined with the mesmeric chants of Hildegard of Bingen with RSC actress Teresa Banham* as Hildegard: fully staged with lighting & candlelight.
  • Sophie and the Forest of Fables: Fabulous fairy-tale words and music for 3-7 year olds with Jonathan Rees writer, narrator and cellist: lots of help will be needed from the audience who are encouraged to bring along their favourite woodland animal soft toys!
  • After a sell-out show last year, Beethoven (played by David Timson) returns to Stroud Green for his String Quartet Journey: the last chapter with The Dante Quartet. He will guide you through some of his Late Quartets as well as stories of demons, loves, landladies and frustrations.
  • Electric Voice Theatre: an exciting presentation with Frances Lynch (soprano/composer) as she explores the lives of local women — suffragettes, scientists & composers — joined in a couple of numbers by pupils from Stroud Green School.
  • Jazz Hi-Jinks with Tina May voice & David Gordon piano: vocal hi-jinks, Latin American gems and gorgeous original songs.
  • The Secrets of Andalusia: the roots of Flamenco in Arabic, Sephardic & Early Music with Ignacio Lusardi flamenco guitar Ahmed Mukhtar oud & Lux Musicae London.
  • Your festival needs you: Come and sing Vivaldi’s Gloria – with orchestra and soloists!
  • Forgotten Stories: Flauguissimo flute and guitar duo: Music by Anna Amalia of Prussia, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn and their menfolk.
  • Ophelia & Shakespeare’s Women: The Lovekyn Consort including Stroud Green favourite Patricia Hammond voice: music and readings from Shakespeare’s plays & new poems inspired by Shakespeare’s women.
  • Hildegard of Bingen’s music-drama Ordo Virtutum: the struggle for a human soul between the Virtues and the Devil: the earliest “opera” by a woman.
  • 17th Century Singer-Songwriter Superstars: Francesca Caccini (1587-1641) and Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677) and their witty & sometimes political songs - with Lux Musicae London.
  • Chloe Lam & Friends reimagine some of Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre’s biblical heroine cantatas as artist Sonya Rademeyer draws live in response to the music.
  • Veles Ensemble give us a Sunday Afternoon Serenade with music by Beethoven, Dohnányi & contemporary London-based composer Neli Dimitrova-Ederlezi.
  • Creating Carmen: reading of a new “play meets concert” which imagines writer Prosper Mérimée’s love affairs underpinned his creation of the character of Carmen plus music from Bizet’s Carmen, Delibes, Albeniz, Ravel and more…
  • The Bloomsbury Quartet celebrate Elisabeth Maconchy, her teacher Vaughan Williams and daughter Nicola LeFanu with photographs, narration & a pre-concert installation& chance to interact with the musicians
  • Unsung Heroine: the secret love of medieval singer-songwriter Beatriz de Dia, the Amy Winehouse of 12th Century Provence: a blend of history and fiction performed by The Telling with Anna Demetriou* as Beatriz – fully staged with lighting

*subject to availability

A BIG THANK YOU to these businesses for sponsoring the festival;

White Lion Londis Ferme Park Road Urban Native Integrated Body Dynamics
Stapleton Tavers    

Artwork based on an original design by Lynn Wilson (1963-2017).

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