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Mulled wine, mince pies and sonatas by candlelight – all part of this year’s Highgate International Chamber Music Festival

16 November, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Actor Simon Callow will be reading poetry at the concert on November 22

World-class, wonderful musicians are playing in the seventh Highgate International Chamber Music Festival starting next Tuesday evening – with an earlier family concert this Saturday afternoon (November 17).

Musicians include violinists Alina Ibragimova, Alexander Sitkovetsky and Natalie Klouda; cellists Gemma Rosefield and Sheku Kanneh-Mason; double-bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku; clarinettist Julian Bliss; and pianists Simon Callaghan, Cédric Tiberghien and Irina Botan.

“We are proud to welcome such a disting­uished group of artists to perform at the festival again this year,” says festival co-director, cellist Ashok Klouda. “High­gate’s beautiful churches provide an idyllic setting in which to hear these world-class performers.”

There are six evening concerts, to be performed at St Anne’s in Highgate West Hill and St Michael’s in South Grove, Highgate – each preceded by a recital. New for 2018, audiences are invited to join the artists for a late-night series of “Sonatas by Candlelight” after the concerts – complete with mulled wine, mince pies and a truly festive atmosphere.

Concerts include:

• Saturday, November 17, 2pm at Dyne House Auditorium, Highgate School: Family concert – join superhero Tommy Foggo and his talking cellist. Suitable for ages 7-plus.

• Tuesday, November 20, 7.30pm at St Michael’s Church: Beet­hoven, Mahler and Schubert’s great Trout piano quintet.

• Wednesday, November 21, 7.30pm at St Anne’s Church: Hugo Wolf, Schönberg, Schubert, Sibelius and Joseph Suk.

• Thursday November 22, 7.30pm at St Anne’s: Actor Simon Callow reads poetry by George Eliot, AE Housman and Samuel Talor Coleridge – plus great music by Purcell, Debussy and Elgar.

• Friday November 23, 7.30pm at St Anne’s Church: Prokofiev, Mozart, Dvořák and Bernstein’s clarinet sonata.

• Saturday November 24, 7.15pm at St Michael’s Church: Boccherini, Zemlinksy and, a real treat, Schubert’s ravishing Octet in F major.

• Sunday November 25, 6.30pm at St Anne’s Church: Gala Concert: Haydn, Ludwig and Schumann and Brahms’ clarinet trio.

• Highgate Chamber Music Festival runs from November 17-25. Tickets: £18/cons £14, students £6, under-16s free, 0333 666 3366. Full list of events at www.chambermusicfestival.co.uk

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