In November violinist Elena Urioste and pianist/multi instrumentalist Tom Poster received the Royal Philharmonic Society's new Inspiration Award for their work on #UriPosteJukeBox. The project consists of 88 music videos which the duo and couple both performed and produced. Their intention, they say, was 'to keep their minds sharp, fingers busy, and community smiling' during the pandemic lockdown and social isolation which have characterized Britain over the last year. Here you will find classical works alongside 'Stairway to Heaven', and animal costumes and pyjama pants just as natural as a suit and frock. Together the two artists have also started the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, which aims to bring wonderful musicians together to perform in new and varied combinations, with a specific and ardent commitment to celebrating diversity of all forms.
During the Festival the duo will give four concerts under the ornamented ceiling of Lysøen's music room.
Saturday 5 June they will perform works by younger composers such as Mark Simpson and Donald Grant, in addition to music by Clara Schumann, Edvard Grieg and Oliver Messiaen.
"Messiaen's Theme and Variations of 1932 [...] brought out the best in Urioste, as she allowed the long line of the rapturous final variation to unfurl with both control and eloquence."
By launching performances and artists as they are confirmed, the Festival would like to draw attention to the work our wonderful artists do, while knowing that the final festival programme may look different because of the pandemic.
The festival will follow the health authorities' orders and recommendations. In order to create the least possible inconvenience for our audience, ticket sales will begin closer to the festival dates.