Stroud Green Festival 6-24 June 2018

Main Events 2019

Edward Hughes
Edward Hughes

EVENT 1:
Saturday 1 June

1pm - 3.30pm (choir only) & 4-15pm - 6.15pm (choir joined by 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 Gloria with orchestra and soloists and sing in the evening concert (Event 2).
"Hughes produces a blended sound and shows excellent control over his forces" MusicWeb International

£14 (£10 concs)Book online

Chloe Lam
Chloe Lam
Marion Bettsworth
Marion Bettsworth

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

FAMILY FRIENDLY!

£8 (£5 concs; under 12s go free)Book online

Davies and Daughters
Davies & Daughters

EVENT 3:
Friday 7 June
8pm - 10pm

Holy Trinity Church Hall, Stroud Green

Sing of a woman
Davies and Daughters
Sally Davies, Holly Cullen Davies, Flo Cullen Davies (voices)

Close harmonies in English, Serbian, Sephardic, Georgian & French folk songs from this unique female family vocal trio. Songs about brave, passionate, betrayed, robust, undone or inventive women.
Following their enthusiastic reception last year, this special concert is not to be missed!
Atmosphere and candlelight

FAMILY FRIENDLY!

£8 (£5 concs; under 12s go free)Book online

Flauguissimo
Flauguissimo

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.

“sublime" Early Music Today 

Pay what you can in advance - or donate on the doorBook online

The Telling
The Telling

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, presenting the personal dilemma of the extraordinary medieval Abbess Hildegard of Bingen through her mesmeric chants, with emotional interchanges between musicians and Hildegard, played by acclaimed RSC actor Teresa Banham*.

“exquisite singing, story-telling & stagecraft… 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
Nicholas Renton director
Natalie Rowland lighting designer

£15 (£10 concs)Book online

THE MARCHUS TRUST

The Lovekyn Consort
The Lovekyn Consort

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

£12 (£8 concs)Book online

Vox Animae
Vox Animae

EVENT 7:
Sunday 9 June
8.30pm - 9.45pm

Holy Trinity Church, Stroud Green

Ordo Virtutum: an allegorical music-drama by medieval Abbess Hildegard of Bingen about the struggle between the Virtues and the Devil for a human soul, the Anima; 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

£15 (£10 concs)Book online

Frances Lynch
Frances Lynch

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 Agnes Metcalfe BSc; electrical engineer & inventor Hertha Ayrton; and Haringey–born composer Madeleine Dring, plus 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

Free event: tickets may be pre-booked onlineBook online

FAMILY FRIENDLY!

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Lucy Dixon
Lucy Dixon

EVENT 9:
Friday 14 June
8pm - 9.30pm

Union Church and Community Centre, Crouch End

Lucy Dixon voice & tap dance
David Gordon piano

Jazz Hi-Jinks

Ex-Stomp star, singer and dancer, Lucy Dixon joins the irrepressible pianist David Gordon for vocal hi-jinks and tap dance, Latin American gems and gorgeous original songs.

"Move heaven and earth to catch one of Lucy's next dates!" Michael Berkeley
"one of our most brilliant pianists...festival organisers should be grabbing these guys with both hands" London Jazz News

£10 (£7 concs)Book online

Marion Bettsworth
Marion Bettsworth

EVENT 10:
Saturday 15 June
12 noon - 1pm

St Augustine's Church, Highgate

Marion Bettsworth organ
Seasonal music for Pentecost and Trinity interspersed with pieces by contemporary composers including Cecilia McDowall and James MacMillan.

Free event

Lex Musicae London
Lex Musicae London
Image:Ahmed Mukhtar,Ignacio Lusardi
Ahmed Mukhtar & Ignacio Lusardi

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

£15 (£10 concs) includes free attendance at Event 12Book online

FAMILY FRIENDLY!

Lex Musicae London
Lex Musicae London

EVENT 12:
Saturday 15 June
8.45pm - 9.45pm

St Saviour’s Church, Finsbury Park

The First Singer-Songwriter Superstars
Experience the virtuosity and bravery of two Italian women, Francesca Caccini (1587–1641) and Barbara Strozzi (1619 –1677) whose successful careers as singers & 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

£8 (£5 concs)Book online

FREE to event 11 ticket holders
BARGAIN: combined ticket for events 11 and 12: £15 (£10 concs)Book online

 

Sunday 16 June:
11.30am - 12.40pm

Holy Trinity Church, Stroud Green

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 rehearsals

Dante Quartet with Beethoven
Dante Quartet with Beethoven

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 the “Late Quartets” – Opus 130, Opus 133 (the Grosse Fugue) and Opus 135

The Dante Quartet
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...

£15 (£10 concs)Book online

Andrea Kmecova
Andrea Kmecova

EVENT 14:
1pm - 1.30pm
Wednesday 19 June

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 female composer Agathe Backer Grøndahl.

Part of St Mellitus lunchtime concert Series.

Free event (cannot be pre-booked, just turn up!)

Unsung Heroine
Unsung Heroine

EVENT 15:
7.30pm - 9.15pm
Thursday 20 June

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
Nicholas Renton director
Natalie Rowland lighting designer
*Subject to availability

£15 (£10 concs)Book online

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Bloomsbury Quartet
The Bloomsbury Quartet

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. Plus Maconchy's writings, projected photographs, and the quartet performing centrally, surrounded by the audience. A pre-concert multimedia installation event will introduce Maconchy, using film and photography; the audience can wander around and interact with musicians and listen to examples of her music.

The Bloomsbury Quartet:
Eva de Vries & Janell Yeo violins
Rachel Maxey viola
Felicity Smith cello

£10 (£7 concs)Book online

Jonathan Rees
Jonathan Rees

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 that will turn Sophie and her family back into humans.
A fabulous fairy-tale words and music production for 3 to 7-year-olds in homage to Charles Perrault (1628-1703), writer of Mother Goose - with lots of input needed from the audience. Please bring your favourite woodland animal soft toy!

Jonathan Rees writer, narrator and musician

Children £3; Accompanying adult: £4Book online

FAMILY FRIENDLY!

Chloe Lam
Chloe Lam

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 Jacquet de la Guerre’s 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 Lopéz keyboard
Sonya Rademeyer artist

£10 (£7 concs)Book online

FAMILY FRIENDLY!

Veles Ensemble
The Veles Ensemble

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
Ralitsa Naydenova viola
Evva Mizerska cello

£12 (£8 concs) IN ADVANCE ONLY available from www.velesensemble.com/tickets
Or £15 (£10 concs) on the door

Carmen Co
Carmen Co

EVENT 20:
Sunday 23 June
8pm - 9.45pm

Holy Trinity Church Hall, Stroud Green

Creating Carmen: exciting reading of a brand new “one-man-play meets concert”
Meet the colourful writer Prosper Mérimée, who created the Carmen novella (the basis for Bizet’s opera). Clare Norburn’s new work in progress concert/play will explore how his myriad love affairs underpinned Carmen's creation. Mérimée’s experiences will be intertwined with music from Bizet’s 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 Andrew mezzo/flute
Francisco Correa & David Massey guitars
Nicholas Renton director
Actor tbc
*subject to availability

£15 (£10 concs)Book online