Running from 20 to 28 November, the festival features George Melly, James Bowman singing Bach and Zelenka, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, and a Festival commission by the film and television composer Geoffrey Burgon. The distinguished Lindsay String Quartet will perform Beethoven, and the Chappelle du Roi mark St Cecilia's Day itself - 22 November - by singing the Vespers for St Cecilia's Day based on the music of Francesco Guerrero, whose 400th anniversary it is. Outstanding musicianship is the hallmark of the festival.
The concert for which there are five pairs of tickets to be won is on Thursday 25 November and features pianist Fumiko Shiraga and the Yggdrasil Quartet performing Chopin's piano concertos Nos.1 and 2. Shiraga and the record producer Uli Schneider have reconstructed both chamber versions of these two lyrical concertos for string quartet and double bass. A London premiere, these pieces were recorded to great acclaim two years ago.
The black-tie evening begins with a champagne reception at 6.30pm, with the concert at 7pm. Dinner with vintage wines follows in the Stationers' Hall at 9pm. For the chance to win a pair of tickets for the evening - each pair worth pounds 176 - answer the following three questions:
1) How many piano concertos did Chopin write?
2) How old was Chopin when he died?
3) Which composer wrote the ode, "Hail! Bright Cecilia"?
Send your answers, with your name, address and day-time phone number to: St Ceciliatide Competition, Culture, Independent on Sunday, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL, to arrive by Friday 12 November. Senders of the first five correctly answered entries pulled from the hat after the closing date will each receive a pair of tickets to the Yggdrasil Quartet concert. No cash alternative. Editor's decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. Usual competition rules apply. Results to be published on 14 November.
Festival box office: 01327 361380 or write to St Ceciliatide International Festival of Music, Bank Cottage, Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, NN11 3TD.Reuse content