I have just returned from a few days in Prague where I have been doing some research for a concert in October. One of the interesting aspects of being Artistic Director of the Festival is that many programmes need investigation before signing on the dotted line. I have never worked from ‘cold’ – or at least, I did once regretting it ever since. Artists might not live up to expectation; their musical ability might be stunning but yet they have no communicative skills with the audience; artists’ technique could blow the listener sideways but as for musicality, forget it. And so it goes on. It’s imperative I size up the potential for an event. Which brings me back to Prague…
Mum’s the word as to the content of the evening I have in mind; suffice to say that it will be a surprise, truly special and most likely a ‘one-off’. In addition to seeing this wonderful event, I watched a performance of ‘The magic Flute’ at the Estates Theatre in which Mozart conducted the first performance of ‘Don Giovanni’. The opera house is very beautiful and a ‘must’ for anyone visiting the city for the first time. Two exhibitions were also crammed into the diary: one by Tim Burton and the other, Dali. I found both rather disturbing which may sound odd; however, they provided much inspiration for other festival concerts. It’s not just musical evenings that get the mind working in imaginative ways!
The problem with being away is the backlog of paper work on which to catch up. On which note, I will sign off now to do just that!
The Two Moors Festival mainly focuses on Chamber Music offering thirty prestigious concerts in October. This year's brochure will be available from June onwards.
Saturday, 28th June
St Andrew's Church, Cullompton
Fundraising concert in aid of the Two Moors Festival
given by Wells Cathedral School’s string orchestra
These are exceptionally talented young students from
one of Europe’s finest specialist music schools
String Symphony No.9 in C major (Swiss)
Adagio for Strings Op.11
Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No.3
Metamorphosen TrV 290
Tickets £10 Unreserved seating
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