The sun is shining, the Diamond Jubilee celebrations are about to begin, and the Bath International Music Festival is upon us once more.
It’s ten days of all types of music, ranging from classical to world to jazz. But this being an Austen website, we thought we’d tell you about some of the 19th-century music on offer in Jane Austen’s city, of which the highlight is probably a performance of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto this Saturday performed by the brilliant virtuoso Alison Balsom (pictured) with the European Union Chamber Orchestra (it may get a bad press the EU, but it still has a decent chamber orchestra :-D).
The rest of the programme would most likely astonish listeners from the Regency era, if they could even imagine it: Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings (with the pianist Nikolai Demidenko), and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. Also of Georgian interest are a pair of performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute on June 8 and 10.
Click here for full details of the Bath International Music Festival. Meanwhile, there are reportedly occasionally copies available of a book telling the tale of the Festival’s history, written by a young journalist many years ago!
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Jonathan Dove’s opera based on Mansfield Park is being performed by students at the Royal Academy of Music in London on Thursday and Friday this week.
The opera, commissioned by Heritage Opera, attracted great interest when it was first seen on tour last year, particularly this piece in The Independent by Jessica Duchen.
Dove, who hails from a family of South London architects, is responsible for a number of landmark operas in recent years, including Flight, which was set in an aiport departure lounge and premiered at Glyndebourne Opera in 1998.
Full details of the RAM’s Mansfield Park on their website. If you get to see it, do let us know what you thought!
An appeal has been launched by Chawton House to provide a conservation-grade display case for a newly-restored suit that belonged to Edward Austen Knight.
The suit, which is small in stature and made of green silk, speaks of its owner’s lifestyle and class, and, said Eleanor Marsden, director of development at Chawton House, opens up immediate questions about consumption, fashion and context. The red patches on its surface tell of the long period that it spent hidden away next to a red sari.
It was restored with the help of a grant from the Southern Counties Costume Society, but now Chawton House needs to raise £5,000 for a display case in the hope that it can be exhibited for the House’s tenth anniversary in 2013.
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