Monday, 18 August 2008

The Little Venice Music Festival

Here's a date for the diary, West Londoners.

26th-28th September sees the sixth Little Venice Music Festival. It might be a short programme, running over just three days, but it is renowned as a high quality artistic addition to the London music scene. Organised by Sylvia Rhys-Thomas as artistic director, part of the takings will be in aid of local charities, including the St Mary's Hospital Stroke Unit, Paddington.

Concerts take place in St Mary's Church, Paddington Green and St Saviour's Church Warwick Avenue. Friday 26th September sees the Galamian Quartet open with an evening concert of Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Dvorak. Saturday follows with a late afternoon of the Young Artists Cello Recital (4pm) playing Boccherini, Brahms and the ever-popular Samuel Barber.

Saturday evening is the highlight of the programme, with an evening of Opera Music, including pieces by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Richard Strauss and Benjamin Britten. Finally, on Sunday, the Young Artists Brass Recital play music by Allegri, Bach, Bruckner, Defaye and Serocki. The programme finishes in the evening with the Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir performing the Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini.

Tickets are £10-£15 depending on the performance, some of which includes a drink as well.

So, get a dose of culture: tickets are available on the door, or in advance from The Winery, 4 Clifton Road, W9. Further details can be found on their website.

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