June 10th, 7.30pm

With so much brilliant music being covered in our festival, we’ve decided to hold an Insights Evening. We’ve lined up an extraordinary panel. It’s a fantastic opportunity to come and hear about this music, in depth, from the point of view of Players, Art Historians, critically acclaimed Poet and a world renowned Composer!

After the talk, there will be a short interval before we hear a performance of Beethoven’s Septet. This will be played by the principal players of the orchestra:

  • Violin: Oscar Perks
  • Viola: Elliot Perks
  • Cello: Leo Melvin
  • Double Bass: Toby Hughes
  • Clarinet: Anthony Friend
  • Bassoon: Cerys Ambrose-Evans
  • Horn: Fabian van de Geest

John Rutter

John Rutter was born in London and studied music at Clare College, Cambridge. He first came to notice as a composer during his student years; much of his early work consisted of church music and other choral pieces including Christmas carols. From 1975–79 he was Director of Music at his alma mater, Clare College, and directed the college chapel choir in various recordings and broadcasts. Since 1979 he has divided his time between composition and conducting. Today his compositions, including such concert-length works as RequiemMagnificatMass of the ChildrenThe Gift of Life, and Visions are performed around the world. His music has featured in a number of British royal occasions, including the two most recent royal weddings. He edits the Oxford Choral Classics series, and, with Sir David Willcocks, co-edited four volumes of Carols for Choirs. In 1983 he formed his own choir the Cambridge Singers, with whom he has made numerous recordings, and he appears regularly in several countries as guest conductor and choral ambassador. He holds a Lambeth Doctorate in Music, and in 2007 was awarded a CBE for services to music.

Ruth Padel

Ruth is an award-winning British poet with close links to Greece, science, classical music and wildlife conservation, especially in India. She has published twelve poetry collections shortlisted for all major UK prizes; a novel featuring wildlife conservation; eight books of non-fiction, on wild tiger conservation, mind and madness in Greek tragedy and the influence of Greek myth on rock music; and books on reading poetry drawn from her newspaper column The Sunday Poem. She is Professor of Poetry at King’s College London, and Fellow of both the Zoological Society of London and Royal Society of Literature. Her poems have appeared in, among others, the New York Review of Books, London Review of Books, The New Yorker, The White Review, Times Literary Supplement, and The Guardian. Awards include First Prize in the National Poetry Competition, a British Council Darwin Now Award, and a Cholmondley Prize. Her latest book is Beethoven Variations.

Imogen Tedbury

Imogen Tedbury is an Art Historian and Curator. Imogen has a PhD in Medieval and Renaissance art from the Courtauld.  Imogen has spent her early career as a curator with specialisms in medieval and Renaissance art, 19th-century European art. Imogen attended Clare College where she graduated with a first in English whilst also maintaining a busy life as an award winning Violinist and Violist as well as directing opera. Imogen has a long history with The Outcry Ensemble having been an early supporter and working as a fundraiser and administrator. Her long association with the orchestra, as well expertise in Music, Literature and Art will make her perspectives and insights for this evening particularly valuable!