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Elgar - Delius - Holst
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Celebrating the three greats - Elgar, Delius, and Holst - the Barnes Music Festival returns for another year between 22nd March - 6th April.
The English composer, Gustav Theodore Holst, lived in Barnes for five years, from 1903-1908. He is most well known for his orchestral suite The Planets, and a special lecture by pianist, Graham Johnson will take place at St. Mary's Barnes on the 27th March. Johnson will also give a recital of Holst's work, alongside international performers, Daniel Turner, Sioned Gwen Davies and Brandon Velarde.
Born in 1857, Edward Elgar had a musical upbringing. His father was a piano tuner, which no doubt influenced his career as a composer. During the festival you will be able to hear works such as Salut d'Amour and Give unto the Lord.
Frederick Delius was born in Bradford, but his roots from America and the Netherlands made him a very cosmopolitan composer. Inspired by literature and the natural world, he performed all over Europe and America. His Cello Concerto will be performed on the 29th March by the 'doyen of British cellists', Julian Lloyd Webber. Andrew Charity will also give an Organ Recital of his works on the 1st April.
As well as the three greats, you will also be able to listen to local choirs, music societies, and jazz orchestras. Tickets range from £5-£15, although there is a free Cabaret Evening on the 26th March in St. Osmund's Church Hall.