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Lindsay Kemp, Artistic Director, looks forward to the 2014 Festival:
With 2013 having entered its final quarter, it's time to tell you something about what we've lined up for next spring's Lufthansa Festival.
After this year's nourishing nature theme, we've decided to move from the general to something a little more particular. We don't always feel the need to mark anniversaries, but 2014 has thrown up a number that we found hard to resist.
1714 was the year in which Georg, Prince-Elector of Hanover, acceded to the throne of Great Britain and Ireland as George I, ushering in the era of political stabilisation and economic growth that was the Georgian age. Then there's the 300th birthday of one of the most significant figures of 18th-century music, but still one of the least understood: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the second and most talented son of Johann Sebastian. For good measure, 2014 will also be the 300th anniversary of our wonderful venue, St Johns Smith Square!
All this suggested to us that a theme celebrating Anglo-German collaboration and mixing of cultures would be highly appropriate, especially as there is one more anniversary to take note of - our own 30th!
So expect Handel - who worked for George I in Hanover and London - to stand at the centre of things next year, along with a number of other Germans who lived and worked in London, as well as some of the greatest music the two countries produced during the 17th and 18th centuries, by the likes of Schütz, Purcell and of course JS Bach.
Full details of the 2014 Festival programme will be announced in December with booking opening in February 2014, but here are a few highlights for now:
- Handel's Coronation Anthems - including the iconic Zadok the Priest - performed on the opening night by the UK's most famous choir, The Sixteen, under their founder Harry Christophers
- Schütz's masterpiece, the Musikalische Exequien, performed by Vox Luminis, the ensemble whose recording of it carried off Gramophone magazine's Recording of the Year award in 2012
- crack Polish orchestra Arte dei Suonatori with the inspirational violinist-director Rachel Podger in a programme of music associated with the year 1714
- 'Morimur' - the world-famous Hilliard Ensemble, joined by violinist Kati Debretzeni in a haunting programme that blends Bach's solo violin music with his richly harmonised chorales.
There will also be visits by artists such as the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra with guest harpsichord soloist Pierre Hantaï, La Risonanza, L'Avventura London, Carole Cerasi, Dorothee Oberlinger ... and more!
Look out for more information about the 2014 Festival 'The Year 1714' coming your way soon, as well as full details on how you can book your tickets.
'Under Lindsay Kemp the festival's programming is reliably wide-ranging and joyful, a proper celebration of the landmarks and the paths-less-trodden of the baroque repertoire'
'The Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music has done much ... over the past 30 years, creating a metropolitan audience for idioms and eras that have little to do with the "classical music" peddled by mainstream ensembles.'