Enthusiastic audiences who enjoy outstanding internationally acclaimed classical performers and a heady mix of music styles will be delighted with Ulverston International Music Festival’s 2015 line-up, but they may be surprised to see classic folk music alongside family-friendly comic variations on a musical theme.
The festival runs from 12 – 20 June and the opening weekend provides a perfect example of the variety which so captivates audiences.
Ulverston International Music Festival promises musical fare from classical stars to folk ‘jam sandwich’, drumming duo and all that jazz
Leading international violinist Tasmin Little takes to the Coronation Hall stage with Cumbria’s own Martin Roscoe at the piano on Friday (12 June). Tasmin’s recording of the Elgar Violin Concerto with Sir Andrew Davis and the Royal National Scottish Orchestra won the Critic’s Choice Award in the 2011 Classic BRIT Awards and her Britten Concerto with Edward Gardner and the BBC Philharmonic, released in May 2013, also received lavish critical praise.
Stunning folk quintet ‘Project Jam Sandwich’ will be delivering exuberant improvisations, scorching rhythms and beautiful melodies from around the world at the Coronation Hall on Sunday evening, 14 June. Made up of 5 award-winning musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music, PJS use their wide and varied musical backgrounds to full advantage with an innovative mix of musical styles driven by a unique and exciting raw energy. The band have also been invited to perform their own concert alongside a poet in the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms, to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of the BBC Proms Extra Late Series.
Artistic Director Anthony Hewitt has designed this 12th year to offer a dynamic ‘crossover’ appeal:
The modern classical scene is a world away from the outdated concept of stuffy, formal concerts – and combining that with some of the best folk, jazz and comic musical performers gives a hugely entertaining choice for our audiences across Cumbria and beyond. – Anthony Hewitt
O Duo is another eclectic headliner on Saturday afternoon, 13 June, in Ulverston Parish Church with percussion stars Oliver Cox and Owen Gunnell bringing their own uniquely humorous style coupled with technical mastery of a vast array of instruments. O Duo have drawn crowds from the Edinburgh Fringe to Last Night of the Proms in Hyde Park, and their performance includes a mix of popular classics, world music, contemporary works and lots of audience participation to make it a perfect family favourite.
Chamber music has long been a favourite feature of the Ulverston Festival and 2015 is no exception with a quintet of the country’s top instrumentalists combining for the ‘French Connection’ evening at the Coronation Hall on Tuesday, 16 June with Ravel, Boulanger, Debussy and Korngold providing the inspirational scores.
Other standout dates during the Festival include:
- Saturday 13 June – Jazz Night with the David Rees-Williams Trio at the Coronation Hall at 7.30pm
- Wednesday 17 June – Ulverston’s very own saxophone star Jess Gillam in concert at the Coronation Hall starting at 7.30pm
- Thursday 18 June – a tour de force in classic comedy with Rainer Hersch recalling the brilliant Victor Borge’s piano antics, again at the Coronation Hall, starting at 7.30pm
The Festival closes in epic style on Saturday evening at Ulverston Parish Church with a performance of Will Todd’s ‘Mass in Blue’ performed by Ulverston Festival Chorus with Will himself on piano and John Gibbons conducting.
Tickets are now on sale from the Coronation Hall Box Office
For more information on the full festival line up visit Ulverston International Music Festival
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