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PostSubject: Hampstead and Highgate   Tue Mar 20, 2007 7:30 pm

Hampstead and Highgate

The 2007 Hampstead and Highgate Festival (9-19 May, London UK)
promises a dazzling array of world-class classical artists together
with exciting soloists from the younger generation and a wide variety
of arts and community events taking place in and around two of North
London's most popular and picturesque village centres. The Festival
also celebrates two important composer anniversaries - those of Hugh
Wood (75th birthday) and Paul Patterson (60th birthday).The
artist roster includes John Lill, the Wihan Quartet from the Czech
Republic and pianist Imogen Cooper. Soprano Elizabeth Watts, winner of
this year's Kathleen Ferrier Prize, joins Hungarian violinist Tamás
András and the Festival Orchestra for the final concert. Other artists
appearing include violinist Madeleine Mitchell accompanied by Andrew
Ball, a chamber group comprising clarinettist Catriona Scott, violinist
Katharine Gowers, cellist Gemma Rosefield and pianist Gretel Dowdeswell
in Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, and oboe and harpsichord team Althea Ifeka and Katharine May.Highgate
Choral Society and the New London Orchestra under Ronald Corp perform
Haydn and Patterson, while the Hampstead and Highgate Festival
Orchestra under artistic director George Vass open and close the
festival with programmes including three works by living composers: a
specially commissioned Divertimento for string orchestra by Hugh Wood, Cecilia McDowall's deeply moving Ave maris stella and Paul Patterson's striking Violin Concerto.On the lighter side, Kit and the Widow appear in cabaret at Lauderdale House. A Focus on Youth
concert features choirs from four Highgate Primary schools at which the
winning pieces in the Hampstead and Highgate Festival's own nationwide Competition for Young Composers
will be performed professionally. Cleveland Watkiss, the brilliant
young jazz singer, writer, actor and poet will workshop and perform
together with students from WAC Performing Arts and Media College based
at Hampstead Town Hall.Added to this is a particularly wide and varied literary element with Authors in Conversation
events hosted by Piers Plowright, an evening celebrating W H Auden's
centenary together with poetry events, jazz, neighbourhood walks,
events on Hampstead Heath and children's concerts.



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