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Abbey to host choral delight
9:00am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
THE majestic Stanbrook Abbey will play host to a distinguished chamber choir as the Autumn in Malvern Festival continues.
Aldwyn Voices will perform in the Callow Great Hall at the converted monastery with music by Purcell, Britten, Michael Tippett and Richard Rodney Bennett.
Conducted by Charles Matthews, the choir will be accompanied by the Aldwyn Ensemble and organist Carleton Etherington.
The 24th Autumn in Malvern Festival, which opened last Sunday, runs through late September and October.
This year it will mark the centenary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten and his connections with the town and poet WH Auden.
A number of concerts and events in this year’s festival programme will include performances of their work.
Auden and Britten were introduced for the first time at Downs Memorial Hall, Colwall, where Auden taught during the 1930s, and a long collaboration was enjoyed between them.
The town’s influence on writer C S Lewis will also be explored at Rogers Theatre, Malvern College, on Wednesday from 7.30pm.
Alister McGrath, professor of Theology, Ministry and Education at King’s College, will explore features of Lewis’s year as a student at Malvern College from September 1913 to June 1914.
The lecture will also discuss some of the aspects of his time at the college and how they are reflected in his later writings – including the Chronicles of Narnia.
On Saturday, October 5, there will also be a chance to hear a talk by University of Worcester professor Claire Cochrane focusing on the centenary of Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
As well as being marked by an exhibition in Malvern Library, Prof Cochrane’s talk will look at Sir Barry Jackson, founder of the Birmingham Rep who lived in Malvern and was founder of the Malvern Drama Festival.
Colwall Village Hall will play host to the talk, entitled A Dream of Theatre, from 2pm.
For a full programme and ticket prices, go to the website malvernfestival.co.uk. To book, call 01684 892277.
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