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A feast of musical festivals: from St Marylebone to Grimeborn via a Guitar Summit and the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe

19 July, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Come & Sing with John Rutter at St Marylebone Parish Church

Fabulous musical treats are being served up at festivals in coming weeks:

St Marylebone Festival: July 21-28
The festival opens this Saturday with a Come & Sing workshop led by composer John Rutter at St Marylebone Parish Church, Marylebone Road. “We’re marking the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage and the end of the First World War,” says church musical director Gavin Roberts. And we’re staging Holst’s Planets in honour of the lunar eclipse and Mars’s close approach to Earth on Friday July 27.”

IGF Guitar Summit, concerts and workshops Kings Place, July 19-22
On Friday evening, the Andrea Vettoretti Quartet led by one of Italy’s finest guitarists, is playing Vettoretti’s newly composed music setting for Alice in Wonderland. On Saturday, there’s a performance by David Russell, one of the giants of the classical guitar today – a hero to guitar­­ists and audiences the world over.

The Beethoven Piano Society of Europe – four Friday lunchtime recitals starting this Friday, July 20 at Regent Hall, Oxford Street
First up is superb Greek pianist Grigoris Ioannou playing three Liszt Transcendental Etudes and Beethoven’s 23rd sonata in F minor. The following Friday recitals are being played by London-based pianist Ben Smith; Dutch violinist Amarins Wiedsma and British pianist Edward Liddell; and Ukrainian pianist Sasha Grynyuk.

Grimeborn Opera Festival, July 24-August 26
Back for its 12th succes­s­ive year at Arcola Theatre, Dalston, the festival opens with Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia on Tuesday July 24. Other operas over the next four weeks include Ethel Smyth’s 1914 work The Boatswain’s Mate, Melanie Gall’s Opera Mouse and Jazz Cats and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.

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