RODERICK WILLIAMS, PAUL GUINERY, ENSEMBLE HESPERI
AND OTHERS FILMED LIVE IN LOCK-DOWN

THE ENGLISH MUSIC FESTIVAL IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE an online Festival, following the
necessary cancellation of the Oxfordshire EMF due to COVID-19 and government restrictions.
The online Festival runs from Friday 22nd to Monday 25th May 2020, with concerts and talks held
at the same times that the EMF events were planned to take place, and featuring as many of the
same artists and composers from the original programme as possible.

EMF artists have been asked to provide live filmed concerts and talks from their homes in lock-
down. We delighted to have received talks from celebrated baritone Roderick Williams on

Vaughan William’s Willow Wood; conductor Hilary Davan Wetton on British composers;
conductor Joseph Fort on Brahms’s “English Requiem”; award-winning composer Richard
Blackford on My Path from Musical Moderism; and violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck on Parry’s
chamber music.

The dynamic young baroque group Ensemble Hesperi have provided a film which includes live
footage from recent concerts as well as introductions to the music in question, while pianists
Duncan Honeybourne and Paul Guinery invite us into their homes for scintillating piano recitals
of music by composers such as Bax, Vaughan Williams, Howells, Ireland, Moeran, Scott, Ivor
Novello and Noel Coward; in his film, Guinery also delves into his basement archive and shares
with us his beautiful and fascinating scores. Cellist Joseph Spooner is joined by pianist Nicholas
Bosworth in a concert entitled The English Cello at Home and Abroad, while Rupert Marshall-Luck
plays a solo violin programme of music by Bach, Elgar and Joseph Phibbs.

The rest of the online EMF programme is comprised of radio-style presentation of carefully-
curated works from EM Records discs (due to licencing restrictions we were unable able to use recordings from record labels other than the EMF’s own label.)

Tickets are available for these events, a share of which will go to the contributing musicians, so
many of whom have lost vital work and income as a result of the current situation.

www.englishmusicfestival.org.uk
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