Top musicians to perform at annual Windsor Festival

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Philharmonia Orchestra, Orpheus Sinfonia and violinist Vadim Repin included in this years’ line-up

Windsor, 23 August 2016

Windsor Festival, the highly respected annual arts festival, will be located within and around the grounds of Windsor Castle taking place from 18th September 2016 to 2nd October 2016. This year the Festival programme observes three significant anniversaries: The centenary of the birth of Yehudi Menuhin, one of the founding artistic directors of the Festival, The Queen’s 90th Birthday and Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary.

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Included in this years’ line-up are some of the world’s finest musicians. Highlights include:

“Romeo and Juliet through Music” will take place on Tuesday, 20th September in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle at 19:30. The work of William Shakespeare has stimulated composers throughout the last 400 years. In the magnificent surroundings of St George’s Chapel, the exceptionally talented orchestra Orpheus Sinfonia will bring their own abundant enthusiasm and energy to this fabulous programme, featuring some of the foremost examples of his legacy.
On Tuesday, 27th September, The Philharmonia, Windsor Festival’s Associate Orchestra visit us with the supreme violinist Vadim Repin in Centenary of Yehudi Menuhin: Bruch. The Philharmonia will perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto and a new overture written for Vadim Repin and the orchestra, and Beethoven’s masterpiece, the Pastoral Symphony in the Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle.

 

Frederico Colli, winner of The Leeds International Piano Competition 2012, will be performing together with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Eton College’s magnificent School Hall on Friday, 30th September. This concert opens with Tchaikovsky’s passionate and tragic overture followed by possibly the most well-known and revered piano concerto of all time, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2. Elgar’s Enigma Variations pay heartfelt and humorous tribute “to my friends pictured within”. Identified by the initials titling each variation, Elgar captures touchingly his wife, his many musical friends (and their pets) as well as his close friend and publisher, August Jaeger, the ‘mighty hunter’ of the celebrated ‘Nimrod’ variation.

Martin Denny, Windsor Festival Director, said: “Windsor Festival aspires to be amongst the premier Music and Arts Festivals in the UK, playing an important part in the cultural life of our community and reflecting our special position as a royal town. We hope that you will see that this year’s programme echoes these sentiments and we look forward to attracting and delighting you with a fortnight of engaging festivities.”

For a full list of this year’s programme and to book tickets, please visit: www.windsorfestival.com or follow @WindsorFestival on Twitter. Alternatively, you can contact the press office for further information:

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