Founded by local musicians Hannah King and Owain Park, the first Muswell Hill Music Festival is a week-long celebration of classical music in the area. Curated in partnership with local churches, the festival plays host to nine concerts and events over six days across Muswell Hill, Alexandra Park, Highgate, East Finchley and Crouch End. The focus moves from baroque splendour with J.S. Bach to contemporary works by Thea Musgrave and Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir, with events also including a jazz evening and family Come and Sing workshop.
Hannah King, co-founder of the festival said:
“Since we moved here a few years ago, we have been captivated by the sense of community and amazed at the amount of artistic talent in the area. We have put together a programme that includes a range of styles and idioms, in the hope that there will be something for everyone to enjoy.”
The festival aims to develop a relationship with audiences by providing a warm welcome at the door, hosting refreshments at the concert and speaking to them afterwards to gain a better understanding of their experience. Ticket prices are kept reasonable in order to include as wide an audience as possible; there are also two free events and a festival pass which provides access to the entire programme.
Robert Puzey, member of the Max Bruch Trio, said:
“We are delighted to be taking part in the inaugural series of concerts for the Muswell Hill Music Festival. This especially resonates as two of us have loved living in North London for many years and are very pleased to be able to be involved with local events.”
The festival plays host to a variety of high-calibre artists, including Helen Charlston, winner of the 2018 Handel Singing Competition and current Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and The Gesualdo Six, one of the UK’s foremost vocal ensembles praised for their outstanding performances of renaissance and contemporary music.
On The Gesualdo Six: “The sheer beauty of the group’s sound… is spellbinding.”
The Daily Telegraph
“Helen Charlston was the star of the show. Like the best desserts, her voice is creamy with a hint of sharp fruitiness… and she wowed the audience.”
Highlights include a concert of music by celebrated composer John Tavener at his local church in Highgate (9 July), chamber music recitals at churches in East Finchley and Crouch End (10/11 July), a Come and Sing workshop for all ages run by Horizon Voices (13 July), and a pre-concert talk given by John Rutter CBE (13 July).
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Muswell Hill Music Festival 2019
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