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Natalie Clein
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Music : St John's Downshire Hill

Natalie Clein, Bach cello suites (Part 1)

Saturday, 1st November 2014 @ 7.30pm

Natalie performing the six cello suites (over two concerts) for the first time.

"Having Natalie Clein perform the complete Bach suites would be a highlight of any festival."  - Eric Siblin, author of The Cello Suites: J S Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece

Natalie Clein
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Music : St John's Downshire Hill

Natalie Clein, Bach cello suites (Part 2)

Tuesday, 4th November 2014 @ 7.30pm

Natalie performing the six cello suites (over two concerts) for the first time.

"Having Natalie Clein perform the complete Bach suites would be a highlight of any festival."  - Eric Siblin, author of The Cello Suites: J S Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece

Wihan Quartet
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Music : St John's Downshire Hill

Wihan Quartet

Thursday, 6th November 2014 @ 7.30pm

Described by International Record Review as "one of the best quartets in the world today," this brilliant quartet from Prague will bring works by Josef Suk, Mozart and Dvořák to Hampstead.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
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Words : Burgh House

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Monday, 10th November 2014 @ 1.00pm

MIXED BLESSINGS

The journalist and broadcaster Yasmin Alibhai-Brown talks to Piers Plowright about immigration and a multicultural society in the UK.

Angela Hewitt
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Music : St John's Downshire Hill

Angela Hewitt, pre-concert talk

Monday, 10th November 2014 @ 7.00pm

"The pre-eminent Bach pianist of our time" (The Guardian) will give a 30 minute talk introducing Bach's monumental late work, The Art of Fugue.

This will be followed by a 30 minute interval before the concert at 8pm.

Angela Hewitt
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Music : St John's Downshire Hill

Angela Hewitt, piano

Monday, 10th November 2014 @ 8.00pm

"The pre-eminent Bach pianist of our time" (The Guardian) performs Bach's monumental late work The Art of Fugue in its entirety. The concert will last about 90 minutes with no interval.

Angela Hewitt will give a pre-concert talk at 7pm. Entry is free to concert ticket holders.

James Roose-Evans Sian Phillips
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Words : Burgh House

Dylan Thomas centenary, with Sian Phillips & James Roose-Evans

Tuesday, 11th November 2014 @ 7.30pm

DYLAN'S HOUR

Director, actor, priest and founder of the Hampstead Theatre, James Roose-Evans, presents a celebration of the work of Dylan Thomas, with readings and discussion by Sian Phillips and Piers Plowright.

Peter Stanford
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Words : Burgh House

Peter Stanford

Wednesday, 12th November 2014 @ 1.00pm

WINDS OF CHANGE

Peter Stanford, writer, presenter and former editor of The Catholic Herald, considers Pope Francis and his impact on the Catholic church and the world, in conversation with Piers Plowright.

(We regret to announce that Ed Stourton will be unable to participate in the 2014 festival for personal reasons.)

Mahan Esfahani
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Music : St John's Downshire Hill

Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

Thursday, 13th November 2014 @ 7.30pm

A LECTURE-RECITAL by "his instrument's leading champion" (International Piano), this will be the official launch of Mahan's recording of Rameau's complete solo harpsichord music for the Hyperion label.
 
”It would be hard not to be impressed by Iranian harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. Young, suave, eloquent…he’s an inquisitive mind…a phenomenally accomplished performance.” (The Guardian, July 2012)

Freddie Gavita Tom Cawley Calum Gourlay James Maddren
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Music : St John's Downshire Hill

Freddie Gavita Jazz Quartet

Saturday, 15th November 2014 @ 7.30pm

An acoustic quartet of sparkling young musicians:
Freddie Gavita, trumpet; Tom Cawley, piano; Calum Gourlay, bass; James Maddren, drums
 
Also part of the 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival

Michael Berkeley
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Words : Burgh House

Michael Berkeley

Monday, 17th November 2014 @ 7.30pm

 

WORDS & MUSIC

Composer and broadcaster Michael Berkeley talks to Piers Plowright about HIS private passions.

(Due to unforeseen circumstances, Alan Rusbridger will not be able to appear at the 2014 Hampstead Arts Festival.)

Melvyn Bragg
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Words : Burgh House

Melvyn Bragg & BBC producer Thomas Morris

Tuesday, 18th November 2014 @ 7.30pm

IN OUR TIME

Piers Plowright talks to the presenter and the producer of this extraordinary Radio 4 series that has people listening to discussions of anything from the Arab Golden Age to Quantum Physics at breakfast time.

Glenda Jackson
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Words : Burgh House

Glenda Jackson

Thursday, 20th November 2014 @ 1.00pm

CHANGING SCENES

Actor and Hampstead's long-standing MP, Glenda Jackson, talks to Piers Plowright about her life in showbiz, Parliament and beyond.

Ben Johnson Sebastian Wybrew
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Ben Johnson (tenor) & Sebastian Wybrew (piano)

Thursday, 20th November 2014 @ 7.30pm

Winner of the Audience Prize at the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, rising star Ben Johnson joins pianist Sebastian Wybrew for an evening of song, including Schumann's Dichterliebe.

Gwilym Simcock John Etheridge
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Music : St John's Downshire Hill

Gwilym Simcock (piano) & John Etheridge (guitar)

Saturday, 22nd November 2014 @ 7.30pm

The first ever collaboration between these two outstanding jazz artists.

Also part of the 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival


Highlighted Event ...

10th November 2014
Angela Hewitt
Angela Hewitt, piano

"The pre-eminent Bach pianist of our time" (The Guardian) performs Bach's monumental late work The Art of Fugue in its entirety. The concert will last about 90 minutes with no interval.

Angela Hewitt will give a pre-concert talk at 7pm. Entry is free to concert ticket holders.

Full details

Highlighted Event ...

22nd November 2014
Gwilym Simcock
Gwilym Simcock (piano) & John Etheridge (guitar)

The first ever collaboration between these two outstanding jazz artists.

Also part of the 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival

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Mahan wins Gramophone award !

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HAF photos

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J S Bach in 1746, age 61
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