Introducing the 2020 Maldon Festival
This year’s Festival runs from June 20th to July 4th and offers a fortnight of fantastic events from jazz to classical and choral to orchestral, featuring composers both ancient and modern. The Festival is proud to provide something for everyone, whether experienced concert-goers or attending their first live music or art experience. With literary lunchtime readings and open-air opera picnics, the Festival offers a feast of treats for all the senses. The opening family concert kicks off the fortnight which then rolls out a rich mix of musical and artistic events showcasing talented amateurs from across the region and professionals drawn from far and wide.
2020 Theme: Music and The Mind
2020 sees the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth and the 200th anniversary of the death of King George III. To commemorate both events, the festival takes the genius of Beethoven and the mental travails of the king as the inspiration to explore the relationship between music and our mental state. Through performance and art, all aspects of music and the mind are investigated – whether it is diving into the agonies and ecstasies of opera or soaring on the mood enhancing joys of jazz. This year’s programme certainly reflects the wide range of emotions that music and art can illustrate. The theme also provides a platform to highlight the therapeutic benefits of getting involved in music and art.
From Beethoven to Bernstein including reluctant dragons, ardent lovers and mad Englishmen
Maldon Festival’s 2020 programme includes over 10 concerts plus art exhibitions, a sculpture show and a display of historic costumes. The opening concert is ‘The Reluctant Dragon’ a short choral piece composed by the ever-popular John Rutter. The perfect family outing, this show is led by a choir drawn from local schools and music groups. An audience of all ages will also appreciate the ‘Madly Musical’ evening being curated (and performed) by the Festival’s Music Director – Colin Baldy.
The Festival always attracts sell-out audiences for its jazz concerts and this year Nat King Cole provides the inspiration for a concert starring Atila Hussein. An equally popular event for Festival fans is the Silent Movie night with a live sound-track improvised by the brilliant theatre organist, Jonathan Eyre. Jane Austen’s musical sound track features in a historic concert celebrating Georgian music making and this concert is complemented by readings from the author’s work at lunchtime literature events held locally.
A favourite of many music lovers, Poulenc composed music that had an eye to the contemporary future while being anchored in the classical past. This year the Bristol Chamber Orchestra will be performing the Poulenc Organ concerto. The orchestra has a loyal following amongst Maldon audiences which, combined with the popularity of the piece, guarantees this will be one of the show-piece concerts of this year’s Festival.
This is only a short taster of this year’s programme. More information on the programme details will follow shortly.