Ulverston International Music Festival 2016

Navarra String Quartet take to the stage at Ulverston International Music Festival 2016 on Sunday 12 June Ulverston Victoria High School Swing Band ENTango return to Ulverston International Music Festival 2016

If you enjoy outstanding internationally acclaimed classical and jazz performers you will delight in the Ulverston International Music Festival from 8 – 19 June 2016. This year’s festival will showcase 16 concerts by some of the world’s finest musicians plus a charity day of music in aid of St Mary’s Hospice, with 10 concerts at the Coronation Hall plus 6 more fantastic concerts around Ulverston.

Running from 8 – 19 June Ulverston International Music Festival provides a pitch-perfect line-up to captivate fans of jazz and classical music

Opening night on 8 June sees a welcome return of the English Touring Opera at the Coronation Hall. The festival then launches a series of vocal themed performances on 10 – 11 June including the enchanting vocalist Julia Biel, followed by Reckless Barbershop Quartet and The Rio Grande choral concert.

The historic Swarthmoor Hall provides a superb setting for the Navarra String Quartet on 12 June and Ulverston’s very own star saxophonist, Jess Gillam will then close the opening weekend. Alistair McGowan graces the stage on 14 June with ‘Erik Satie’s Faction’ – a brand new production on the life of eccentric French composer and violinist Jennifer Pike will be performing on 15 June – accompanied at the piano by festival director Anthony Hewitt, who will also delight audiences with a performance of Brahms’s monumental Piano Concerto no. 1.

This year’s festival also features an impressive selection of emerging artists, including Russian pianist Alexander Panfilov performing in the Rising Star concert, a Bake a Musical Cake family concert, talented young soprano Raphaela Papadakis will perform Shakespeare in Song, and the Haffner Orchestra will provide further celebrations of the bard with Orchestral Shakespeare.

The Ulverston International Music Festival 2016 then promises a grand musical finale on 18 June with the return of ENTango.

You can download the full Ulverston International Music Festival 2016 programme below or visit the UIMF website

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// Classy and sassy jazz double – Friday, 10 June

Julia Biel (photo by Jenna Foxton)
Julia Biel (photo by Jenna Foxton)

Lovers of classy and sassy jazz can enjoy a double delight of two shows for the price of one with the celebrated Ulverston Victoria High School Swing Band followed by the honeyed tones of rising superstar Julia Biel, highly acclaimed for combining sensitive vocals and piano with flavours of 60s psychedelia and driving electric guitar.

The UVHS Swing Band is recognised as one of the best in the UK and they will be performing a varied collection from their jazz and swing repertoire, take to the stage at 6.00pm and then hand over to Julia Biel for a 7.30pm start to her 2-hour set at the Coronation Hall.

The raw emotional power of Julia Biel’s old-school-jazz-sounding vocal combines with backdrops of 1960s psychedelia, electronica-imbued acoustics, driving electric guitars and epic, cinematic arrangements.

Jamie Cullum regularly features her songs on his BBC Radio 2 show saying, ‘I love her voice, I love her songs’ and declaring her the biggest hit of the year with his listeners.

// Enter the world of a true eccentric as McGowan explores Satie – Tuesday, 14 June

Alistair McGowan will perform 'Erik Satie's Faction' at Ulverston International Music Festival 2016
Alistair McGowan will perform ‘Erik Satie’s Faction’ at Ulverston International Music Festival 2016

Comedian and impressionist Alistair McGowan has captivated audiences on TV and the theatre with his comic talent and has built up a huge fan following, but he is also perhaps the world’s biggest fan of the singular French composer Erik Satie.

Satie is well known for his music (beautiful and minimalist) and less well known for his writings (funny, angry and surreal)

In a new work (still in-progress) on the 150th anniversary of Satie’s birth, McGowan will bring both the words and music of this Belle Epoque eccentric to the stage. McGowan has researched Satie’s life in detail and in this show ‘Alistair McGowan: Erik Satie’s Faction’ shares his captivation with the strangeness and complexity that was Satie, alongside his fierce resolve to change music forever.

To enter the fascinating world of Erik Satie with Alastair McGowan as your guide – just get along to the Coronation Hall on Tuesday, 14 June at 8.00pm. There’s also a free talk about Erik Satie for ticket holders hosted by music journalist Peter Quantrill, starting at 7.00pm.

// Up for a Lark with a fabulous fiddler? – Wednesday, 15 June

Jennifer Pike is performing at Ulverston International Music Festival 2016 on 15 June
Jennifer Pike is performing at Ulverston International Music Festival 2016 on 15 June

British violinist Jennifer Pike has shone as a leading light in the classical music world since becoming the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition back in 2002 at the tender age of 12.

A performer who combines tremendous artistic flair with on-stage charm to captivate audiences, she is in demand worldwide and was also chosen as one of the soloists in a live broadcast on Classic FM at the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebration concert.

Classical music fans can see Jennifer Pike in spectacular style at the Coronation Hall as one of Ulverston International Music Festival’s star performers on Friday, 15 June

Accompanied at the piano by Festival director Anthony Hewitt, Jennifer has chosen a programme of largely British music with the centrepiece Vaughan Williams’ timeless ‘The Lark Ascending’ which she performed live on BBC Two at a special service commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of WWI in Westminster Abbey.

Her programme for the Ulverston Festival also includes two pieces by Elgar; the Violin Sonata in E minor (Op. 82) and Sospiri (Op. 70), and Jennifer will play her own Sonata composition before finishing on Kreisler’s romantic Tambourin Chinois (Op. 3).

The concert starts at 7:30pm, but there is also the chance to attend a free pre-concert talk with Jennifer Pike starting at 6:15pm.

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Ulverston International Music Festival 2016 runs from 8 – 19 June

You can download the full Ulverston International Music Festival 2016 programme below or visit the UIMF website

Tickets are available from the Coronation Hall box office – call 01229 587140 or visit the Ulverston International Music Festival website