COSMOS: a celebration of The Planets

Friday 5 July, 7.30pm

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COSMOS a celebration of The Planets at Thaxted Festival

Zeb Soanes & Selina Cadell, narrators / Echo Ensemble, conductor: Noah Max. Thaxted Festival patron and Classic FM presenter Zeb Soanes introduces a rich programme of words and music, inspired by themes in Holst’s The Planets. Also featuring Selina Cadell (Victoria Wood, Doc Martin).

The music, performed by the Echo Ensemble, has been chosen by our Composer-in-Residence Noah Max, and is inspired by themes in Holst’s The Planets, from Mars: The Bringer of War to Jupiter: The Bringer of Jollity. Works range from Stravinsky, Schubert, Ravel and Ives, to Noah’s own Phantasy Quintet. The readings, performed by Zeb Soanes and Selina Cadell are drawn from poets and great thinkers, along with an entertaining description of Charles Dickens’ surprisingly accomplished skills as a party conjurer.

Zeb Soane’s voice is known to millions from his work as an announcer with the BBC; not least through his regular delivery of the Shipping Forecast. Now a regular Classic FM presenter, he provides relaxing music at the end of every weekday in his Smooth Classics at 7 programme. As a writer and performer, he brings entertainment for all ages across a range of live venues, and we welcome him back in his role as our highly valued Festival patron.

With performances in venues ranging from the Albert Hall to the Naze Tower on the Essex coast, Echo Ensemble make music to bring people together, creating unique experiences for audiences and artists alike. They received widespread acclaim for their première production of Noah Max’s opera A Child in Striped Pyjamas at London’s Cockpit Theatre in 2023.

This concert is sponsored by friends of Thaxted Festival who wish to remain anonymous.

Venue: Thaxted Parish Church
Tickets: £38*, £34, £30, £22, £14. Age 30 and under: £10
*Premium seating in centre front rows.

“[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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