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Guide to the Ragged Music Festival

Performers

Clarinettist Nicolas Baldeyrou, one of the most virtuosic and inspired performers today.

Performing music from baroque to new commissions on both modern and period instruments, Alina Ibragimova has established a reputation as one of the most accomplished and intriguing violinists.

Andrei Ioniță is one of the most prominent cellists of his generation.

For decades now, Elisabeth Leonskaja has been among the most celebrated pianists of our time. In a world dominated by the media, she has remained true to herself and to her music.

“When Pavel Kolesnikov made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2014, it was immediately obvious that we were in the presence of the rarest of talents.” Critics Circle Music Awards 2019

Lauded for originality and the intense drama of his interpretations, Samson Tsoy has performed on stages across the globe.

© Marco Boggreve
© Eva Vermandel

The murky photograph of the Regent’s Canal shows a set of battered empty warehouses, every window shattered. Miraculously untouched by the Blitz time was now against them, condemned to be demolished another unremarkable, unloved structure. Fate had other plans and the history of Thomas Barnardo’s ragged school emerged from the archives. Here was and extraordinary place where thousands of destitute children from the impoverished East End found warmth, nurture and hope. In our second Ragged Music Festival the boys’ school room is again transformed to a place where live music, most profound of the arts, bring nurture and hope to our spirits, and maybe some magic. 

Erica Davies, Museum Director

...after the success of the first Ragged Music Festival we didn’t have to think twice about doing the next one. We couldn’t wait to gather again at the wonderful quirky Ragged School Museum to play the music we loved with the musicians we loved and admired. The pandemic made it almost impossible for us to go ahead, but life without live music is misery. We believe that music is a true necessity in tough times. We’ve found the way of making it happen - with a smaller audience, without intervals, perhaps in a less casual atmosphere. But we think it is worth making these sacrifices for the sake of music that is passed directly from one soul to other.

Pavel Kolesnikov & Samson Tsoy