Thaxted Festival 2023 Events Programme

Ignas Maknickas, piano (Harlow)

Sunday 10 December, 3.00pm

Thaxted Festival is delighted to present 2023 Young Classical Artists Trust winner Ignas Maknickas in Harlow, as part of our Developing Artists Programme.

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Ignas Maknickas, piano (Dunmow)

Sunday 3 December, 3.00pm

Thaxted Festival is delighted to present 2023 Young Classical Artists Trust winner Ignas Maknickas in Dunmow, as part of our Developing Artists Programme.

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Edgar Francis viola, Jâms Coleman piano

Saturday 18 November, 2.30pm

We are delighted to welcome back to Thaxted two young artists who have appeared with us before.

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Time Gentlemen, Please!

Saturday 18 November, 5.30pm

A rare chance to see Lewis Gilbert’s whimsical film, shot extensively around Thaxted, on the big screen.

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Lincoln Organ Recital, Samuel Jones

Sunday 19 November 2.30pm

We welcome Samuel Jones back to Thaxted following his appearance with Clare College Choir in our summer 2023 season.

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Alim Beisembayev, piano

Friday 16 June, 7.30pm

Our opening concert is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear rising piano star Alim Beisembayev.

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The Marian Consort

Saturday 17 June, 7.30

The Marian Consort is an intimate vocal ensemble that presents bold and thrilling performances.

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The Julian Bliss Jazz Septet

Sunday 18 June, 7.30

Equally at home in the worlds of classical & jazz, Julian Bliss has a multi-faceted career as one of the world’s leading clarinet players.

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Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

Friday 23 June, 7.30pm

Since its founding in 1972, the Choir of Clare College Cambridge has gained an international reputation as one of the world’s leading university choirs.

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Thaxted Ghost Walk

Friday 23 June, 10.00-11.00pm

Join guide Ken Baker in a rare opportunity for a night-time walk around the town to experience its hidden histories – and mysteries.

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Lincoln Organ Recital - George Herbert, organ

Saturday 24 June, 12 noon

George's programme will showcase Thaxted’s restored Lincoln Organ, moved from St John’s Chapel, Bedford Row to Thaxted Parish Church in 1858.

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Honey and the Bear, and friends – Folk Workshop

Saturday 24 June, 4.00-5.00pm

Join Honey & The Bear before tonight’s concert as they explore their instruments & their roots in the folk tradition of the British Isles.

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Honey and The Bear, and friends

Saturday 24 June, 7.00pm

An evening which promises a diverse range of sounds and textures, and rhythms that flow from the fast and furious to gentle ballads.

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Just One of Those Things – The Music of Cole Porter

Sunday 25 June, 6pm

Clare McCaldin, Paul Sheehan & Stephen Dickinson return to Thaxted to explore the music of American composer & songwriter Cole Porter.

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Fry Art Gallery Private View With Music

Wednesday 28 June, 7.30pm

Enjoy an exclusive private view of the two current exhibitions in the delightful Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden, with music.

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London Mozart Players

Friday 30 June, 7.30pm

The London Mozart Players return to Thaxted to delight us with a programme of well-loved favourites for string orchestra.

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Family Event: Around the World with the Tippett Quartet

Saturday 1 July, 2.30pm

Enjoy an afternoon experience for all ages in the magical environment of the Audley End Miniature Railway! Last few places remaining.

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Pre-concert Talk By Noah Max, Composer

Saturday 1 July, 6.00pm

In this introductory talk to tonight’s concert, Noah Max will talk about his work and his inspirations.

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Tippett Quartet, Emma Abbate, piano

Saturday 1 July, 7.30pm

In this exciting programme The Tippet Quartet perform a diverse repertoire, highlighting their unique versatility.

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Wild Arts: Donizetti, The Elixir of Love

Sunday 2 July, 5.00pm

Wild Arts, in their debut at Thaxted Festival, bring their trademark effervescent storytelling to Donizetti’s opera The Elixir of Love.

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London Mozart Players, Alec Frank-Gemmill

Friday 7 July, 7.30pm

Our Orchestra-in-Residence the London Mozart Players perform a richly varied programme featuring two major horn concerti.

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Literary Life

Saturday 8 July, 3.00pm

Four authors with links to our area talk about their work and read from their publications.

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A Conversation with Benjamin Appl and James Baillieu

Saturday 8 July, 6.00pm

A pre-concert conversation with Festival Artistic Director Andrew Jenkins, Benjamin & James they will explore their approach to working together.

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Benjamin Appl baritone / James Baillieu piano

Saturday 8 July, 7.30pm

This recital by two of the leading exponents of the art of Lieder of their generation is sure to be a highlight of our season.

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Closing Night: Orchestra of the Swan, Guy Johnston

Sunday 9 July, 6.00pm

This programme spans classical Baroque to 20th century popular music & features Guy Johnston, one of the most exciting British cellists of his generation.

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“[The Tippett Quartet] concert as part of the 2023 Thaxted Festival revealed a group of musicians of profound interpretative depth, and capable of traversing a wide range of repertoire.”
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“A positively life-enhancing performance of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love in English with reduced ensemble by Wild Arts…”
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“The performance was a joy … and the quartet brought out its sense of both structural and linear perfection.” Holst’s Phantasy Quartet Op 36 performed by the Tippett Quartet.
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“The Tippett Quartet and Emma Abbate have performed Schumann’s Piano Quintet together many times. On this occasion they combined flawless execution with instinctive – and utterly engaging – musicianship.”
Claire Seymour, in Seen and Heard International.
“…this was a wonderfully enjoyable and engaging performance that really punched above its weight. The audience in Thaxted clearly loved it and were fully engaged, whilst this experienced reviewer was carried away as well.”
Wild Art’s production of The Elixir of Love, reviewed by Robert Hugill in Planet Hugill
“2 terrific concerts I heard with London Mozart Players.”
Thaxted Festival concertgoer
“I think Gustav is smiling down to see how his memory and that of his best friend and colleague Ralph Vaughan Williams are honoured by the expertly played pieces they both composed.”
Thaxted Festival concertgoer
“It's always the variety and quality which keeps me coming back.”
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