Season Launch and Concert

Sunday 18 February, 3.00pm

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Wild Arts at Thaxted Festival

Image © Lucy Toms

Join us in Thaxted Church for the launch of our 2024 season. There will be wonderful singing from Wild Arts, including items from their new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, which comes to Thaxted on 30 June.

Along with the music, hear about our full summer programme from Festival Artistic Director Andrew Jenkins, and be the first to receive our season brochure. There will be a glass of wine to help us enter into the summer atmosphere. Booking for our summer season opens the following day, for Thaxted Music Lovers.

Wild Arts performed Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love to great critical acclaim in our 2023 season. (★★★★★ Opera Now, ★★★★ The Guardian). They return in summer 2024 by popular demand, so don’t miss the chance to hear four of their singers with a string quintet at our launch event.

Tickets: £25.
Special price for those aged 30 and under: £10.

Concert programme

Mozart: Overture from The Magic Flute
Mozart: Ach, ich fühl’s from The Magic Flute
Lehrer: The Masochism Tango
Weill: One life to live from Lady in the Dark
Tchaikovsky: Scena (Act I, Scene 6) from Eugene Onegin
Rossini: All’Idea di quel Metallo from The Barber of Seville
Mozart: Sull’aria from The Marriage of Figaro
Beethoven: Mir ist so wunderbar from Fidelio
Rossini: Zitto Zitto/Finale Act I from Cenerentola

The singers, all of whom will appear in Wild Arts’ production of The Magic Flute on 30 June, will be:

Natasha Page
Martha Jones
Richard Dowling
Gareth Brynmor John

“[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.”
Thaxted Festival concertgoer
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