|Full Festival Diary|
Newbury Spring Festival 2016 is here and it promises to be a vintage year. John Wilson, Alice Coote, Benjamin Grosvenor, Clare Teal, Elaine Paige, Joe Stilgoe, John Etheridge, Christopher Maltman, Tenebrae, and the City of Birmingham and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras are among Britain's finest musical artists, and they will be joined by more great musicians from around the world, including the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Piano Trio, Hyeyoon Park, Anoushka Shankar, Pinchas Zukerman, and the Cambini and Escher Quartets.
Presenting young artists and developing young audiences has always been a key part of the Festival. Our extensive education programme reaches 1,300 children who are also offered free tickets to our Young Artists Recitals. The Festival’s own Sheepdrove Piano Competition showcases a wealth of international youthful talent and some of the country’s brightest young musicians are featured among our John Lewis Young Stars.
New initiatives include Rigoletto at Combe Manor and staged performances of Bach’s Coffee Cantata in St Nicolas Church Hall. And don’t miss Breaking the Rules, a musical play about renaissance composer and murderer Carlo Gesualdo.
Whenever I am asked the question, ‘Who is the Festival for?’ there is a very simple answer: ‘Everyone.’ From our concert for babies, Sound Beginnings, to Sing Your Heart Out with the Festival Chorus, to The Duke of Devonshire talking about Chatsworth, there is something for everyone. So welcome to your Festival and I hope you have a great fortnight.
Mark Eynon, Festival Director