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Festival Diary: Day 4

Richard Lea, of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool. performed a most intriguing programme of organ music in the Parish Church for Day 3 of the Festival, yesterday. Well-known classics such as Bach’s Toccata in Fugue in D Minor sat happily alongside quirkier modern pieces, such as Andreas Willscher’s Toccata alla Rumba, which you…

Festival Diary: Day 3

Another great night last night, as the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra filled the Prescot Methodist Centre with the sounds of Wagner, Beethoven and others, under the skilled baton of conductor Jon Malaxetxebarria (pictured). Mendelssohn’s well-known Hebrides Overture, or Fingal’s Cave, was particularly stirring, and the Vanhal Concerto for Two Bassoons was a delightful opportunity to something from a lesser-known…

Festival Diary: Day 2

A huge thank-you to our first-night audience, who risked predictions of rain and thunderstorms for our opening Brass & BBQ yesterday. Everything except the cooking itself took place indoors, but still the elements did us a favour and gave us a dry evening. Congratulations also to Parr Band on a sterling performance of a full…