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Thaxted Festival: Opening Concert

  • Thaxted Parish Church Thaxted, Essex CM6 2PH UK (map)

The Brandenburg Sinfonia are once more delighted to open the Thaxted Festival, with an exciting programme of popular classics:

  • Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
  • The Beatles: Arrangements
  • Beethoven: Symphony no. 7 in A major

Excerpts from a Midsummer Night’s Dream are the hors d’oeuvres of this opening Brandenburg Sinfonia concert. The Rodrigo, with international guitar soloist Craig Ogden, promises to be a special treat — ‘arguably one of the most popular concertos of all time, thanks in no small measure to the extraordinary beauty of its central Adagio.’ (Gramophone). Beatles’ songs arranged for guitar and orchestra will provide lighter fare before the main course: Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7 in A major, ‘the apotheosis of the dance’, offering ‘a joyous lifting of restraints and an outpouring of mockery’. Craig Ogden’s recording of the concerto displays ‘relaxed natural musicality’, ‘fluency’, and ‘superb technique’. (Gramophone). 

In association with Orchestras Live.

Don't forget, if you arrive at Thaxted early you may catch some members of the orchestral players performing impromptu gigs across the village!

Click here to read about how these artists are working with local schools during the 2017 Thaxted Festival >

Tickets: £35 / £26 / £19 / £14. Click here to book online; ring 01371 831421; or call in person at 10 Watling Street, Thaxted, CM6 2PE.

Earlier Event: May 1
Haydn Nelson Mass by candlelight
Later Event: September 2
Mozart Requiem by candlelight