Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Summer in the Country ; CLASSICAL MUSIC

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Summer in the Country ; CLASSICAL MUSIC

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THIS is the time when classical music heads for the countryside: after tomorrow there is very little of it in Manchester, but amazing things are going on in the Lake District Summer Music festival (and its associated Summer Music Academy for gifted young performers) - many of them by Manchesterbased musicians. With almost 50 events across the South Lakes from August 2-15, LDSM is celebrating 30 years as Cumbria's own flagship arts festival. Its programme marks Shakespeare's 450th birthday, CPE Bach's 300th, Richard Strauss's 150th, and what would have been the 70th birthday of late composer Sir John Tavener.

A commemoration of the beginning of the First World War is reflected by music and poetry of the time, including Debussy and Ravel's poignant responses to the carnage, and, by contrast, the birth of ragtime. In chamber music, the Chilingirian, Fine Arts and Vogler Quartets are joined by eminent guests, and there's a Day With Japan (the violin and piano duo Kazuki Sawa and Emiko Tadenuma open it; and music theatre blending East and West concludes it).

Festival artistic director Renna Kellaway has taught many great pianists and is the wife of the Royal Northern College of Music's founding principal, Sir John Manduell. She promises 'great music, old and new, in our atmospheric and intimate venues, from Blackwell Arts and Crafts House to churches in Kendal, Ambleside, Windermere, Grasmere, Rydal, Hawkshead and Kirkby Lonsdale, in this special year'.

Opening the festival on August 2 is Manchester Camerata, with its own principal oboe, Rachel Clegg, the soloist in Strauss' oboe concerto, and conducted by the Halle's assistant conductor, Jamie Phillips. CPE Bach is also on the menu, and so is Mozart's 40th symphony (Lakes Hall, Troutbeck Bridge).

On August 3, Andrew Brownell gives a piano recital at Ambleside parish church, ending with Ravel's tribute to lost friends from the First World War, Le Tombeau De Couperin. …

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