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So nice to hear music again…

Four-day Islington Festival of Music and Art features 11 concerts staged across five venues

23 July, 2021 — By Caitlin Tilley

Leon Bosch is on the festival bill

AFTER months of cancelled work and an absence of live performances, the Islington Festival of Music and Art hopes to make everything feel a little bit normal again.

The four day event began yesterday (Thursday) and will see eleven concerts staged across five venues, including Highbury House and the South Arcade in Islington Square.

It is brainchild of musicians Martin André and Joana Ly, who decided to create the festival together after the success of a series of outdoor chamber music concerts they organised last July and August to keep people’s spirits up.

“It just snowballed and in the end we did 17 concerts. It was amazing”, said Mr André.

“It was lovely for people to come out into the next street and listen to a bit of Beethoven or Mozart. We enjoyed the organisation and making people happy. It can be trickier in London to bring a community together, so we wanted to make it as local as possible.”

The festival also includes workshops for string musicians and two drawing classes at Newington Green Meeting House.

“All the performers, instrumentalists and singers are desperate to perform again, to create live music for a real audience, and not just another streaming event,” said Mr André.

More details of what’s on where can be found by logging on to: https://www.islingtonfestival.com/

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