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Festival: Stour Music

Stour Music
Stour Music


This year's festival is the last to be directed by Mark Deller, who is stepping down after 45 years as Festival Director. The programme therefore is something of a tribute to his long and influential tenure as director of the early music festival in Kent, founded by his illustrious father Alfred Deller in 1962.

For the past forty years the festival has been centred on the beautiful Pilgrim church of All Saints' Boughton Aluph, with its wonderful acoustic, set in the heart of the Kent countryside in the Garden of England. Early music musicians from all over the world have come to appreciate this quintessential English summer festival, many returning several times to enjoy the warm and informed audience that has been built up over the life of the festival.

For his final programme, Mark has invited some of the artists who have contributed so much to the success of the festival over the years: Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, in their 40th anniversary year; I Fagiolini, with a production of Monteverdi's Orfeo; Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque with their much lauded version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons; Trevor Pinnock, Mark Padmore, Robin Blaze, Charles Daniels and many others. But, as usual, there will be a platform for artists making their first appearance at the festival – this year, the vocal ensemble Siglo de Oro with a programme of Marian music written in the 16th century for the Duomo at Milan.

The Festival Choir, drawn from singers around East Kent, has been an important feature of every festival, and the final Sunday afternoon concert this year, accompanied by Brecon Baroque, will include a performance of Handel's Dixit Dominus, and one of the works performed by them in the very first Stour Music festival, the Magnificat in D by J S Bach.

For full details, visit the Stour Music website.

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