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|Title:||Music in the Round May Festival 2013|
|Subtitle:||9 - 17th May|
|Author:||Music In The Round |
|ID & Publication:||20140511022 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Events (Regional) |
Music in the Round welcomes Tom Durham, Simon Pontin and Roland Oliver as guest narrators for its annual May Chamber Music Festival beginning 9 May.
Tom Durham joins Penelope Wilton for a performance of The Grave of Winter on 10 May. Celebrating the work of poet Edward and writer Helen Thomas, Wilton and Durham present a powerful reflection on love and loss in war. Wilton reads Helen Thomas’ lively but heart-breaking memoir on her life with Edward before his death in 1917, whilst Durham provides a continuing counterpoint reading with Edward Thomas’ poetry. Sheffield-based writer and broadcaster Paul Allen has prepared the text, with the performance produced under the guidance of Daniel Evans, Artistic Director at Sheffield Theatres.
Leeds-born Durham is known for his poetry readings on BBC Radio 3, particularly Edward Thomas, Gerard Manley Hopkins and WH Auden. This is Durham’s second performance with Wilton, having both appeared in Shaw’s The Philanderer at The National Theatre.
Paul Allen comments on The Grave of Winter:
‘The readings reveal two passionate but very different people. Behind their surprisingly modern love story stand the quiet beauty of the English countryside, the agony of separation, and the murderous storm of the First World War. Edward Thomas’s poems helped change the course of English verse while Helen’s memoirs give an insight into the exhilaration and turmoil of their life together which is astonishingly frank for the time.’
Opening the Festival on 9 May, Simon Pontin will join Ensemble 360 as narrator in The Dark Hour, the world premiere of a new piece by Music in the Round’s Associate Composer Charlie Piper. Inspired by the diaries of a First World War soldier, this piece makes up part of the Love & War introductory concert, which also features Prokofiev’s monumental Seventh Piano Sonata and Brahms’ String Sextet in G.
Actor-musician Pontin has appeared in New York in the Howard Goodall/Melvyn Bragg musical The Hired Man and has sung with Carl Rosa Opera and Opera Holland Park.
Roland Oliver joins Ensemble 360 with a reading of Chekhov's Rothschild's Violin on 16 May. The performance illustrates the comic and complex relationship of the Jewish musicians of a Russian village and a non-jewish coffin-maker and violinist, introducing an evening programme celebrating classical chamber music derived from Jewish themes.
Oliver is a founder-member of the Bristol-based Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, and has been critically acclaimed as King Lear, Polonius in Hamlet and Chekhov's comedies The Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard.
Pontin, Durham and Oliver replace Malcolm Sinclair, who has had to stand-down from his appearances at the Festival due to other commitments.
In the year that marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and Music in the Round’s 30th anniversary, Music in the Round’s 2014 festival Love & War features a programme of world class chamber music including performances by baritone Matthew Brook, pianist Anna Markland, internationally renowned viol consort Fretwork, the exuberant klezmer group Moishe's Bagel and resident musicians Ensemble 360 in 21 events in nine passionate days from 9 – 17 May 2014, at the Crucible Studio, Sheffield.
Love & War forms part of the First World War Centenary Partnership led by IWM (Imperial War Museums), delivering a global programme of events and activities inspiring young and old to connect with the lives, stories and impact of the First World War.
Love & War is one of almost 50 events selected to be a part of Yorkshire Festival 2014 - the first ever arts festival to precede the Grand Départ of the Tour De France in its 111 year history.
The Yorkshire Festival 2014 programme will also include hundreds of fringe events taking place across the region. Visit www.yorkshirefestival.co.uk, Yorkshire Festival on Facebook or follow Yorkshire Festival 2014 on Twitter - YFest2014.
Tickets for all Festival concerts can be bought via the Sheffield Theatres Box Office (www.musicintheround.co.uk / 0114 249 6000).
Concert subscriptions can be bought for the full Festival as well as for 5 and 8 concerts, full details are available via the Box Office.
About Penelope Wilton
Yorkshire-born Penelope Wilton is one of Britain's most loved and respected actors, twice winner of Critics' Circle awards and five times nominated for Olivier awards. In addition to Isobel in Downton Abbey, her numerous TV credits range from Dr Who to Ever Decreasing Circles (opposite Richard Briers) to Shakespeare's Desdemona in Othello and Regan in King Lear. On stage she starred in the original London productions of Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy The Norman Conquests and David Hare's The Secret Rapture. Films include Match Point, Calendar Girls, Iris, Cry Freedom and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel, currently in production.
About Tom Durham
Tom Durham has been reading poetry on BBC Radio 3 for more than 15 years and is especially well-known for his work on Edward Thomas, Gerard Manley Hopkins and W H Auden. For Auden's centenary in 2007 his performance of the Horae Canonicae with introduction by Rowan Williams was spread throughout the day on the network. A long career in theatre, film and television includes stints at the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and the role of Thomas a Becket in T S Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral at the ‘actors' church’ - St Paul's Covent Garden.
About Simon Pontin
Simon trained at the Royal Academy of Music and has sung with Carl Rosa Opera, Opera Holland Park and the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Society. As an actor he toured the UK and appeared in New York's Brits Off Broadway season in the Howard Goodall/Melvyn Bragg musical The Hired Man and toured Europe in Oliver Twist. Last summer he appeared in the world premiere of Housewife, 49 – adapted by Music in the Round's former chairman Paul Allen from Victoria Wood's television play – at the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness.
About Roland Oliver
Roland’s numerous TV credits include Dr Who, Rumpole of the Bailey, The Bill, Coronation Street and Vera, but he is best known as prison governor Simon Stubberfield in Bad Girls. On stage he has won acclaim in the title role of King Lear, as Polonius in Hamlet and the Duke of York in Richard II for Bristol-based Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, and has also played in Chekhov's The Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard.
About The Grave of Winter
The text for The Grave of Winter has been prepared by Paul Allen from Under Storm’s Wing by Helen Thomas with Myfanwy Thomas (published by Carcanet) and the Collected Poems of Edward Thomas (Faber and Faber)
Fri 9 May, 7.15pm - Love and War - inc. pre-concert talk by writer and broadcaster Roderick Swanston]
Fri 9 May, 9.45pm - The End of Time
Sat 10 May, 12.45pm - Poetic Inspiration
Sat 10 May, 6.15pm - The Grave of Winter
Sat 10 May, 7.15pm - Fond Farewells
Sun 11 May, 6.30pm - One Equal Music
Mon 12 May, 12.45pm - Captives and Captivated
Mon 12 May, 6.15pm - Bring and Play
Mon 12 May, 7.15pm - In Memoriam
Tues 13 May, 12.45pm - World War I
Tues 13 May, 7.15pm - Fretwork: Interregnum - [inc. post-concert Q&A with musicians from Fretwork and Angus Smith]
Wed 14 May, 12.45pm - A Meeting of Minds
Wed 14 May, 7.15pm - Love Triangle
Thurs 15 May, 12.45pm - Peace, War and the Devil
Thurs 15 May, 7.15pm - At the Front [inc. pre-concert talk by Professor Tim Kendall and post-concert Q&A with Matthew Brook, Tim Kendall and Angus Smith]
Fri 16 May, 12.45pm - Death and the Maiden
Fri 16 May, 6.15pm - Rothschild’s Violin pre-concert reading
Fri 16 May, 7.15pm - Rothschild’s Violin
Fri 16 May, 9pm - Moishe’s Bagel
Sat 17 May, 11.30am - The Lion Who Wanted to Love family concert
Sat 17 May, 7.15pm - Concert for Cosima
About the First World War Centenary Partnership
2014 - 2018 marks the Centenary of the First World War, a landmark anniversary for Britain and the world. The First World War Centenary Partnership, led by IWM is a growing network of more than 1,400 local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations who together will be presenting a vibrant programme of cultural events and activities, and digital platforms which will enable millions of people across the world to discover more about life in the First World War. www.1914.org
About Yorkshire Festival 2014
• Yorkshire Festival 2014 is the first ever arts festival to precede the Grand Départ in its 111 year history.
• Nearly 50 events have been selected to be officially part of Yorkshire Festival 2014 which will also include hundreds of fringe events.
• Visit www.yorkshirefestival.co.uk, Yorkshire Festival on Facebook or follow Yorkshire Festival 2014 on Twitter - YFest2014.
• Yorkshire Festival 2014 is backed by Welcome to Yorkshire, Yorkshire Water and the Arts Council England as well as Local Authorities across the county.
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