Musical premiere and a Three Choirs link at Ledbury Poetry Festival

The 2015 Ledbury Poetry Festival will feature two unusual musical events, both taking place at Hellens Manor, Much Marcle. On Saturday 4 July at 7.30 pm there is a world premiere of Time Project, a piece performed by the Mobius Ensemble and inspired by TS Eliot's Four Quartets. It is composed by the internationally-renowned Greek-American composer George Tsontakis (an 'enormously skilful, creatively communicative, profoundly humane composer,' according to Gramophone magazine). Mobius are booked to perform this at Wigmore Hall in 2017, but you can see it first at Ledbury!

The complete programme for the Mobius Ensemble’s concert is as follows:

Mozart                         Clarinet Quintet K581 in A major

Britten                         Suite for Harp Op.83

George Tsontakis        Time Project (world premiere)

Interval

Beethoven                   Grosse Fugue Op. 133

Stravinsky                   3 Pieces for solo Clarinet

                                    Epitaphium for clarinet, flute and harp

Ravel                           Introduction and Allegro (1905)

On Sunday 5 July at 7 pm there will be a performance of Façade—an Entertainment by Edith Sitwell and William Walton, conducted and directed by Adrian Partington of Gloucester Cathedral and the Three Choirs Festival. ‘We are really proud to host such an ambitious undertaking, with players from the Royal Welsh College of Music and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales,’ says Chloe Garner, artistic director of Ledbury Poetry Festival. According to Rupert Christiansen, reviewing the BBC Proms version in The Telegraph, Facade 'is best identified today as a rap – the declamation by one or more speakers in notated but only approximately pitched rhythm of an unconnected series of twenty-one largely nonsensical poems by Dame Edith Sitwell, accompanied by a seven-piece band that goes its own sweet and raucous way.' 

Other Festival highlights include Simon Armitage, John Burnside discussing his desert island poems with Mark Fisher, Pam Ayres, The Hundred Years War fusing poetry and theatre, Juliet Stevenson on Emily Dickinson and James Booth on Philip Larkin.

See www.poetry-festival.co.uk for full details.