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Stroud Green Festival promises a lively mix of musical styles as well as ‘family friendly’ concerts

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09 June, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

The Little Baroque Company perform on June 17

Early music, classical, folk, jazz and world music are being performed at the small but feisty Stroud Green Festival over the next fortnight or so.

“Several events are ‘family friendly’ and there’s a major project being led by Consortium 5, the locally-based recorder group,” says festival artistic director Clare Norburn.

Consortium 5 recorder group

“Also, we’re putting on what we think is Stroud Green’s first opera, Rameau’s 45-minute Pygmalion. Acclaimed soprano Dame Emma Kirkby is singing with young voices and lutenists with Dowland Works plus viols. And there’s a series of free pop-up events in librar­ies, shops, restaurants and pubs on June 17 as part of Stroud Green Day.”

Events take place at Holy Trinity Church, Glanville Road, N4, except where stated below.

Festival highlights include:

Saturday, June 10:
2-5pm Come and play your recorder – workshop for experienced players or those wanting to play again. £10/cons & under-18s £5
6-7.15pm Top-drawer violinist Peter Hanson and Brodsky Quartet members play Mozart and Ravel. Free, Hornsey Town Hall, Crouch End Broadway, N8.

Sunday, June 11:
4.30-5.30pm Recital: fabulous flautist Nancy Ruffer and harpist Jean Kelly, £12/cons £8
8-10pm Jazz tales, Winnie Greer & friends, 10/cons £7.

Thursday, June 15:
8-9pm Baroque dance music/ Ensemble Moliere, £12/cons £8

Friday, June 16:
6-7pm Recorder concert/ Consortium 5, free
Saturday, June 17:
5.30-6.30pm Recital: The Little Baroque Company is joined by violinist Catherine Mackintosh and soprano Jeani Harper, £12/ cons £8. Hornsey Vale Community Centre, Mayfield Road, N8.

Sunday, June 18:
5.45pm & 8.15pm Rameau’s baroque masterpiece Pygmalion performed by Ensemble Moliere, £12/cons £8, Holy Trinity, Stapleton Road, N4

Thursday, June 22:
9-10pm Candlelit music and poetry: soprano Clare Norburn, mezzo Ariane Prüssner and poet Sarah Law, £12/£8 concs

Friday, June 23:
8-10.15pm Dame Emma Kirkby and Dowland Works perform John Danyel and John Dowland, £20/cons £14
Sunday, June 25:
8-10pm Pleasures of 18th-century Vauxhall Gardens: music by Handel, Arne and Boyce, £12/ cons £8.

• Full information and tickets at www.stroudgreenfestival.org.uk

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