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Russian quartet festival highlight
9:00am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
A STRING quartet from Russia is set to be the highlight of a month-long arts festival in Malvern.
Autumn in Malvern begins at the end of September and runs throughout October with visitors able to enjoy performances from many musicians, poets, writers and film makers.
The festival is now in its 24th year and boasts exhibitions in the town and over the Herefordshire border into Colwall and Ledbury.
The popular St Petersburg String Quartet takes to the stage on October 13 at Stanbrook Abbey.
This will be their third visit to the festival, having previously performed to sell-out audiences.
Their programme this time includes work by composers Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten, performed in the abbey’s restored Thompson Hall.
2013 is the centenary of Britten’s birth with plenty of his work being celebrated.
Gabriel Woolf presents an afternoon discussing poet WH Auden at the Downs Memorial Hall in Colwall, where Auden taught during the 1930s and was introduced to Britten for the first time.
They then collaborated over the Royal Mail film, Night Mail, and went on to work together over many years.
Other highlights include literary walks following in the footsteps of Sir Edward Elgar and John Masefield, plus a talk by Professor Claire Cochrane on the history of the Birmingham Rep.
The principal concert is given by the Royal College of Music Orchestra in the Great Hall, Malvern College, and includes works by Britten, Elgar and Arvo Part.
Malvern’s distinguished chamber choir, Aldwyn Voices, perform in the Callow Great Hall at Stanbrook Abbey.
Full details are available at malvernfestival.co.uk and tickets are available by calling 01684 892277.
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