Chamber music festival aiming to make classical music less stuffy
The Hill Quarter will be performing in the opening gala
Fulham Fest is coming to St. John’s Church from 5-7 August this year and the organisers are hoping to make it a truly inclusive event.
It has been initiated by three colleagues from the Royal College of Music - pianist Peter Regan and harpist Tara Viscardi and Carolina Blaskovic.
There will be classical music concerts as well as educational opportunities for young musicians.
Offering concerts both traditional and novel, Fulham Fest aims to improve the wellbeing of the community and enrich the cultural experience of its members.
As opposed to the traditional chamber music festival format, Fulham Fest will offer a diverse range of concerts and activities. New music and electronic music will be featured as well as a standard repertoire.
Fulham Fest Programme
Dvorak, Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major
Schubert, “Trout” Quintet
with Peter Regan, The Hill Quartet and Evangeline Tang
Lunchtime Song Concert
Jacob, Sextet for Winds and Piano
Ysaye, Solo Sonata for Violin No. 4
Elgar, Sonata for Violin and Piano
Poulenc, Sextet for Winds and Piano
with Zephyr Quintet, Peter Regan and Carolina Blaskovic
Afternoon Masterclass for Young Musicians
with Tara Viscardi, Robert Finegan and the Hill Quartet
Misha Mullov-Abbado, Winter Blues
Jake Legg, Suite for Alto and Harp
John Buckley, Irish Folk Songs Reimagined
Ravel, String Quartet
August 7th Late Night Session
Jimbo Jones – Heat Death of My Hometown Live Show
Events will be ticketed at a relatively low price, making them affordable to all in an effort to get away from the notion of classical music as being elitist.
Informal communication between artists and audience will be encouraged and seeing concerts as a social experience will be as important as the opportunity to hear music.
Performers will speak with audience members in every performance as opposed to convention, in an attempt to break down the idea of stuffiness that surrounds classical music and encouraging a friendly atmosphere and an informal rapport between audience members and performers.
Furthermore, a masterclass for young musicians will be offered free of charge as part of the festival.
It is the long term ambition of Fulham Fest to become an annual festival hosting a week long concert series in the summer, and several smaller events throughout the year.
The organisers want to extend the festival offering to include general interest activities such as yoga and horticulture workshops in order to attract those who may be slightly apprehensive about classical music to the festival.
Fulham Fest wishes to develop educational and outreach programmes bringing classical music to disadvantaged members of the community.
Fulham Fest is a non-profit limited company. Any profits generated by the event will be reinvested into the company to help develop educational outreach programme and deliver future events.
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June 28, 2021