press release
Published: 10 January 2017

World Class Musicians in Guildford for International Festival

By Peter La

Music enthusiasts will have the opportunity to enjoy world-class music when the Guildford International Musical Festival returns in February.

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  • World-class music festival returns for its twenty seventh year, helping to cement Guildford’s place on the cultural map.
  • Renowned violinist Tasmin Little set to perform and host expert master class with students, helping to nurture next generation of musicians.
  • Festival not just about musical performances, expert talks and tours also scheduled. 

Now in its 27th year, the Festival, presented by the University of Surrey, will take place over 10 days (24 February- 5 March 2017) with performances taking place in different venues across Guildford.

Catering for all tastes and ages, highlights of the Festival include performances by a capella ensemble Apollo 5, opening the Festival at St Nicolas Church in Guildford on Friday 24 February and a UK premiere of the celebrated StopGap Dance Company’s latest work ‘The Enormous Room’  on 28 February at PATS Studio Theatre at the University of Surrey. Joining proceedings are the critically acclaimed National Youth Jazz Orchestra, fresh from their annual residency at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, performing alongside singers from the Guildford School of Acting (GSA) on Friday 3 March at G Live.

Every year the Guildford International Music Festival continues to grow and attract high profile performers. Taking part in the Festival this year will be internationally renowned violinist Tasmin Little, who has firmly established herself as one of the leading instrumentalists of her generation, who will be performing on Wednesday 1 March. Sharing her expertise, Tasmin will also be hosting a master class with undergraduate musicians from the University of Surrey, helping to nurture a future generation of performers.  Guitar legend John Williams will give a performance with his 6 Hands Guitar Trio as part of the Guildford Guitar Day on Saturday 25 February.

In addition to musical performances, a number of expert talks and tours are scheduled to take place. The Cobbe Collection Trust at Hatchlands Park will host a tour of their collection which includes pianos owned and played by composers such as Mozart, J.C. Bach, Chopin and Elgar on 2 March. A Sound Walk around Guildford led by Bill Thompson will also take place, opening ears to natural sounds in the environment on 4 March.

Ensuring fun for all the family a musical workshop and concert will be held on 26 February at G Live. Hands-on workshops with percussion instruments will be followed by the professional orchestra Southern Pro Musica playing some of classical music’s most exciting pieces.

Pippa Cleary, Director of the Festival from the University of Surrey, said: “This year’s Festival promises something for everyone, to inspire, entertain and challenge audiences.  We are delighted to be working with partners across Guildford to put together a programme to suit all tastes and are hugely grateful to our sponsors and supporters for making this event possible.”

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