2022 Lichfield Festival Events at St. Michael's
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July 8 at 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm. DANNY DRIVER piano
Festival Associate Artist, Danny Driver, returns for a solo recital after a busy 2021 of streamed and live performances, not to mention a staggering nine concerts as part of our 2021 season. Amongst many other recent highlights are several Wigmore Hall performances and the recent announcement that his complete recording of the Ligeti Etudes has been named one of Presto Classical’s ‘Classical Recording of the Year 2021’.
His 40th Festival programme includes:
Fauré, Barcarolle No. 5 in F sharp minor
Lili Boulanger, D’un Vieux Jardin; D’un Jardin Clair,
Franck, Prélude, Chorale & Fugue;
Schumann, Etudes Symphoniques
July 9 at 2:30 pm - 4:15 pm. PAUL GALBRAITH guitar
A regular visitor to the Festival in the 1980s and 90s, celebrated guitarist, Paul Galbraith, returns to Lichfield for an intimate concert of music by Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Granados & Albeniz. Internationally renowned, Paul is one of the finest active guitarists today, as well as a brilliant innovator. With the help of the eight-string “Brahms Guitar”, an instrument he developed together with David Rubio, he has expanded both the limits of the instrument and the quality and breadth of its repertoire. Several highly acclaimed recordings attest to these developments, as well as to his searching artistic temperament and mastery.
July 12 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm FLUTES & FRETS (YOUNG ARTIST SERIES)
The Flutes & Frets duo of flautist Beth Stone and guitar/lutenist Daniel Murphy, is a unique ensemble specialising in music from renaissance all the way through to contemporary repertoire. Their aim is to play these various styles of music on the instruments they were originally composed for, combining both modern and historically-informed performance together with arrangements and transcriptions. Their programme will feature works by Handel, Giuliani, Dowland and Glinka. (In memory of Caroline Green)
July 17 at 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm STEVEN ISSERLIS talk – The Bach Cello Suites
Ahead of his Festival closing recital in the evening, internationally-renowned cellist and author, Steven Isserlis, discusses his latest book ‘The Bach Cello Suites – A Companion’. Bach’s Six Suites for solo cello are amongst the most legendary works in music, and Steven’s award-winning 2007 recording is regarded as a benchmark. In the book, Steven goes into the history and emotional journey of the Suites, using all his experience of performing them.