By Leah Conway –
&Piano has announced the return of its annual music festival this May. The &Piano music festival will return for its 3rd year, after a two-year pause.
The local music festival is based in Slaithwaite and will see four days full of amazing music. &Piano festival is aimed at bringing communities together through live classical music and is looking forward to coming back with a bang for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
This year the festival will run between May 1st to May 14th with six events running at The Civic in Slaithwaite. The events will feature a range of renowned professional musicians who perform across the country, including Opera North, the Hallé and Welsh National Opera.
The Festival kicks off on 1st May with an Afternoon of Musical Theatre. The afternoon will feature a selection of theatre songs performed by two professional musical theatre singers – Laura Coard & Sam Kipling.
Friday 6th May will see Neil Balfour & Charlotte Trepass present an evening of songs about voyages and voices. The night will include songs from Richard Strauss, Jake Heggie and Jacques Ibert.
On Saturday 7th May is a day of events for people of all ages:
- 11:00am – The day will start with a Family event ‘Family&Piano’. The event will feature a short 40-minute interactive performance designed for families with small children. This year with an outer space theme!
- 2:00pm – Presentation of a short, 40 minute ‘Relaxed Performance’. A free event for anyone to attend, ideal for families or anyone curious about live classical music performances. The show will have a relaxed attitude about making noise or movement throughout.
- 7:30pm – Young Musician Showcase. The show will feature talented young musicians from around Kirklees & Calderdale. It will bring together students from Greenhead College, Huddersfield New College, and the University of Huddersfield.
The last event will take place on Saturday 14th May. welcome Principal Cellist No.2 of the Hallé, Simon Turner, and clarinetist Rae Todd will close the festival with a performance of music including Shostakovitch’s Cello Sonata, and Joseph Horovitz’s jazzy Clarinet Sonatina. Finally, Artistic Director Christopher Pulleyn will join them for a performance of Beethoven’s Clarinet Trio Op.11 and music by Thea Musgrave.
Book your tickets
You can find out more information on the festival events and book your tickets on the &Piano website.
Tickets start at £10 with discounts if attending multiple events and £5 for people 30 & under.