Stour Music 2017

16 – 25 June 2017

Welcome to this year’s festival programme. As usual, there will be 10 concerts taking place over the last two weekends in June. However, there is one important change: this year our box office will be managed by The Gulbenkian at the University of Kent. Please look at the booking arrangements page for full details.

This short video was recorded over the second weekend of the 2016 festival

After a gap of six years, we are delighted that The Tallis Scholars will return to give our opening concert, celebrating the music of the 16th-century John Taverner and the 20th-century John Tavener. Robert Hollingworth’s I Fagiolini, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, will be giving a performance of Monteverdi’s ‘Other Vespers’ reconstructed from a collection of church music not contained in his famous 1610 Vespers, and published in 1640. They will be joined by the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble, who will also be giving their own concert ‘Echoes of Venice’ the night before. The King’s Consort makes a welcome return, this time with large instrumental forces, to play all four of J S Bach’s Orchestral Suites, which include the famous ‘Air on the G string’ and the flute Badinerie showpiece from the Suite in B minor.

The King’s Consort

The King’s Consort

Groups making their first appearance at Stour Music include harpsichordist Medea Bindewald, playing on an original 1775 Kirkman instrument; Radio Antiqua, founded in The Hague in 2012, with a programme featuring ‘Forgotten Treasures of the German Baroque’; Courtiers of Grace with ‘The Lion and the Rose’, depicting the passionate and tragic love story of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, and the young vocal ensemble Amici Voices, with a concert of ‘Music from the time of Agincourt’.

The traditional final Sunday afternoon Choral Concert this year will be a performance of Handel’s oratorio Samson, which contains some of the composer’s finest vocal music, including the famous soprano aria ‘Let the bright Seraphim’.

Mark Deller
Festival Director