Holst: In the Bleak Midwinter

Sunday 23 June, 2.30pm

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Holst: In the Bleak Midwinter

A showing of the first full-length film study of Holst’s life and work, with the director, Tony Palmer, at Saffron Screen.

Covering Holst’s work as a composer, Palmer’s 2011 film is also full of insights into his impact on the musical scene of his time, his socialist conscience, and his dedication to the English folk music tradition. Tony Palmer’s direction ensures a lively approach to his subject, with interviews, archival footage, generous passages of Holst’s music with, of course, Thaxted and the English countryside featuring strongly in the narrative. The film was produced by Melvyn Bragg.

The showing will be introduced by director Tony Palmer, who will take questions afterwards.

Venue: Saffron Screen, Saffron Walden County High School, CB11 4UH
Tickets: £13 / concessions £12 / 18 and under £9.50
Venue information available through Saffron Screen website: saffronscreen.com/visit

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