Matthew Rose launches his own Festival!
Matthew Rose is a busy man. In recent months, between his performances at Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera and at English National Opera and appearances with a myriad of international orchestras he has found the time to found his own Festival!
Over the weekend of 7-9 September 'Matthew Rose and Friends' took over the beautiful Sussex village of Alfriston and filled its church, hotels and private houses with a array of events featuring solo and chamber music, song and the spoken word. Matthew brought together an exceptionally talented group of musicians and performers including the Sacconi String Quartet, Tony Hougham, Alexandra Silocea, Gabriel Woolf, Cheryl Knight, Alice Farnham, Gillian Keith, Clarissa Meek and Helen Collyer as well as his Askonas Holt colleagues Benjamin Hulett and Gary Matthewman who, alongside Matthew himself, presented music by Haydn, Brahms, Strauss, Britten, Barber, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Ravel and Debussy as well as words by Joyce Grenfell and an array of poets inspired by the Sussex countryside.
The weekend was a resounding success. Hundreds of tickets were sold and enthusiastic and appreciative audiences packed out the Festival's many picturesque venues. Bravo to all concerned!
Matthew now returns to his 'day job' as one of the world's foremost singers and kicks off a terrific 2012/13 season by touring Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Symphony no.9 to Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Baden-Baden, New York and London with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and Sir John Eliot Gardiner before making his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, returning to the Metropolitan Opera as Talbot in a new production of Maria Stuarda and making his role debut as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Matthew Rose is a busy man indeed!