THE EXCITING schedule for this year’s eagerly awaited Uppermill Summer Music Festival has just be unveiled and it once again promises to be feast of unmissable music making.
Now expanded to 11 events in four venues from July 8-15, the schedule is packed with visiting international artistes and emerging young professionals while also showcasing local talent in the Young Musicians’ Competition.
The Festival will open with a lunchtime concert on Saturday, July 8 with baritone David Kempster, a major international artist, singing a collection of his favourite arias from the stage.
Described by the Sunday Times as “Britain’s best baritone,” he is the baritone of choice for Welsh National Opera and has worked at Covent Garden and in Europe and the US.
His programme of Verdi, Rossini and Wagner with songs from the golden age of musicals will definitely get things off to a spectacular start.
Other highlights during the week include BBC New Generation Artist mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge singing Elgar’s Sea Pictures, and the Solem String Quartet playing Mozart’s Heavenly Clarinet Quintet.
There will also be appearances by the Tubalaté Brass Quartet, with their programme of ‘Marches and Melodies’, the Gravity Percussion Duo, and the Carnelian Saxophone Quartet.
The Festival Gala Finale takes place on the evening of Saturday, July 15 when the specially-formed Festival String Ensemble will be joined by distinguished violin soloists Sophie Rosa and Caroline Pether to perform Vivaldi’s well-loved ‘Four Seasons’.
The musical journey promises to sound as fresh and as vivacious as when it was first heard nearly 300 years ago.
Full details are on the website www.usmf.uk and tickets for most evening concerts are priced at £8, available online or on the door.