Sounding the trumpet for Stour Music
Stour Music, founded as a festival of early music by Alfred Deller in 1962,
has announced that his son Mark, who has been running the festival for the
past 44 years, will be standing down as Festival Director in 2019. He will
be succeeded as Artistic Director by Robert
Hollingworth, director of I
Mark Deller, who began his career organising the first-ever Salisbury
Festival of the Arts in 1967, took over the reins at Stour from his father
in 1974, and subsequently was Director of the Canterbury Festival for 18
years, when it was re-established in 1984. In 1995 he was awarded an Hon.
D.Mus by the University of Kent, for his services to the Arts in the
region, and in 2014 was given an Exceptional Service Award by the British
Arts Festivals Association.
Robert Hollingworth set up the vocal group I Fagiolini in 1986, inspired by
The Deller Consort, among others. Innovative productions over 30 years
include The Full Monteverdi and Tallis in Wonderland (on film and live
including Lincoln Center, New York), How Like An Angel with Australian
acrobats C!rca for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and CDs including the
Gramophone Award-winning Striggio ‘Mass for 40 voices’. “I first came to
Stour Music in 1992 and it has since become a regular pilgrimage. I love
the unique combination of a rural Kent church, Alfred Deller’s grave nearby
and the legendary puddings – all of which seem to get musicians to give of
their best. I’m flattered to be asked to step into Mark’s shoes and as the
third countertenor/director of a vocal group to run the festival, will
sound the trumpet for Stour.”
Robert continues as Anniversary Reader in Music at University of York where
he teaches his MA in Music for Solo-Voice Ensemble Singing.
Founded by the counter-tenor Alfred Deller in 1962, the annual early music festival of Stour Music takes place at the end of
June each year in the beautiful pilgrim church of All Saints’ Boughton Aluph, situated in the heart of the Kent countryside
and renowned for its superb acoustic.
This short video was recorded over the second weekend of the 2016 festival
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