The opening concert, on Wednesday 31st July, will showcase Ryan’s talents as a pianist when he plays and directs Beethoven’s 1st Piano Concerto. The second half of this concert will be dedicated to Part One of Mendelssohn’s St Paul. I performed this piece recently in Munich and fell in love with its drama and brilliant orchestral and choral writing. Mendelssohn’s St Paul may not be as well-known as his Elijah but it is every bit as good. We are thrilled that Adam Hickox will return to the Festival and conduct a work that his father championed and recorded.
This year we are experimenting with an early-evening concert with a performance of Elgar’s The Apostles at 5pm on Saturday 3rd August. We hope that this will please friends who don’t enjoy driving later at night and allow others to have a post-concert supper in one of the excellent local restaurants. The thematic relationship to Mendelssohn’s St Paul is very pleasing – both pieces being based on the Acts of the Apostles – and also highlights that sometimes a composer’s best music is in a lesser-known work. The cast will be led by Sophie Bevan and Neal Davies and Ryan Wigglesworth, who showed us last year what a great Elgarian he is, will conduct. There is a second opportunity to hear The Apostles in the wonderful acoustic of Truro Cathedral at 7.30pm on Monday 5th August.
The final orchestral concert on 8th August will include a favourite of the repertoire, Sibelius’s 2nd Symphony conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth and Gabby Painter will direct a work for string orchestra piece in the first half.
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