Welcome to Stroud Green Virtual Festival 2020: North London’s quirkiest and friendliest festival, where sometimes music and theatre collide, online.
This year, the pandemic put a stop to our usual festivities so we have a great line up of 8 virtual events created by a number of artists who have appeared at the festival before.
The events are free but the artists really need your support so please watch and give to them generously! How to donate will be detailed as part of each virtual event.
“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.
“same quality as the Barbican – but cheaper & on your doorstep"
EVENT 1: Wednesday 5th August, 7pm – 8.25pm: Facebook
A concert/play by Clare Norburn, Burying the Dead takes the audience on a fictional journey inside the head of composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695) and gives a first-person account of the Fire of London, life in the Restoration Theatre and the vibrant taverns and streets of London, with live music of the period performed by rising star ensemble Ceruleo.
This screening will complete Ceruleo’s weekly video series.
EVENT 2: Friday 7th August, 12pm – 12.45pm: YouTube
Whimsical renditions of Ken Dodd, a Victorian melodramatic number and a Vivaldi-esque arrangement of Toto's Africa, featuring three different historic banjos and an accordion.
Patricia Hammond, mezzo
Matt Redman, multi-instrumentalist
EVENT 4: Monday 10th August, 10pm – 10.40pm: Facebook Live
Davies and Daughters will take you to a secret location for late night songs of love, lamenting and intrigue.
This family a cappella trio sing folk songs with daring harmonies in spine-tingling arrangements and in various languages. They played a sold-out concert to great acclaim at last year's Stroud Green Festival.
EVENT 5: Wednesday 12th August, 8pm – 8.45pm: Facebook & YouTube
A concert/play by Clare Norburn, the imagined testimony of Hildegard von Bingen, reimagined for online screening starring Teresa Banham as Hildegard, accompanied by The Telling performing music by the extraordinary abbess.
Donations: Donate a whole amount up to £20 by texting
TELLING followed by the AMOUNT YOU WANT TO DONATE to 70085.
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EVENT 6: Thursday 13th August, 7.30pm - 8.10pm: Facebook & YouTube Live
CarmenCo are delighted to be performing together for the first time in months, to broadcast a live concert for Stroud Green festival 2020.
They'll perform some of their Spanish-inspired repertoire from Clare Norburn's show 'Creating Carmen' (Bizet, De Falla, Garcia Lorca, Tarrega) as featured on their CD, but also some of their current repertoire ranging from Mozart to Haitian guitar composer Amos Coulanges.
More about CarmenCo, and their exciting upcoming dates can be found on their website www.carmenco.co.uk
“carmenco are a celestial conception” - Richard Amey,
Brighton and Hove Independent
“the playing is exquisite - a delightfully warm, intimate sound” - Susan Elkin, Lark Reviews
EVENT 8: Sunday 16th August, 3pm – 3.45pm: Facebook Live
The splendid French court at Versailles had an enormous influence on European cultural life throughout the Baroque era. Whether delicate ornamentations or extravagant ballet scenes, the French Style prevailed in musical life far beyond its national borders.
However, as the world looked towards the court of the Sun King for inspiration, the French tastes absorbed foreign influences and new inspiring styles were born.
In this programme, Flauguissimo celebrates not only the ostentatious French music in its original form but also follows the trail towards an international style in which the elegant French dances meet a flaming Italian virtuosity: Les Goûts-réunis!
Music by Couperin, Hotteterre and de Visée.
Artwork based on an original design by Lynn Wilson (1963-2017).