Hertfordshire Festival of Music - The Music of Fantasy, Fable and Folklore

Sunday 10 to Saturday 16 June, 2018

The 2018 Festival explores the special way in which music can take us away from the ordinary and often all too 'real' world into what Shakespeare called 'something rich and strange'. Experience the transformative sphere of Stephen Hough's imagination in three remarkable ways: as pianist, composer and painter.

A sense of make-belief pervades the entire programme of events during our week-long Festival. From Stephen Hough's solo and ensemble performances with the renowned Alisdair Hogarth and the Prince Consort vocal ensemble through to Tasmin Little and John Lenehan's closing recital. There will be the opportunity to hear the renowned Gemma Rosefield (cello) and Nicola Eimer (piano) Emma Halnan (flute) and Manon Fischer-Dieskau (piano) with Chris Eldred & Friends bringing their jazz trio, - and a twist of fantasy - to town.

The Galliard Wind Quintet makes a special appearance in a performance of Festival Co-Director James Francis Brown's intriguing musical fairy-tale, Heralds of Good Fortune. Children can get creative with an enchanting project devised by the inimitable Adam Saunders who delights with his musical story-telling.

One of the great discoveries of the 2017 Festival Masterclass was the stunning mezzo soprano Beth-Margaret Taylor who will be returning in 2018 with a recital in her own right - accompanied on the piano by Haileybury's Head of Music, Andrew O'Brien.

There's also a masterclass from Stephen Hough, interviews and even an art exhibition!

For more information or to book tickets visit www.hertsmusicfest.org.uk/

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