southwell music festival

12 Days of Christmas 2015: Day 3

A rare performance of The Rite for four hands

The full orchestral version of Stravinsky’s ground-breaking ballet score The Rite of Spring is familiar enough but the composer’s own arrangement for four hands at one piano is much less familiar.

So it was good to give it an outing in the 2015 Southwell Music Festival as part of our Brave Horizons programme in the State Chamber on Sunday 30th August.

It was also a chance to put the Festival’s outstanding house pianists James Baillieu and Libby Burgess, more often heard in accompanying roles, centre stage.

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The 2016 Festival takes place from 25-29 August.  The programme will be launched at a special concert on Friday 18th March at 7.30pm in Southwell Minster.