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WELCOME TO THE DANTE FESTIVAL 2020!

The Barn

Despite these uncertain times, we have made plans to share a week of live chamber music with you from 21-27 August at Lavethan, Blisland. The concerts will take place either in our lovely Music Barn, for a very small and socially distanced audience, or else outside, depending on government regulations. Visitors will also be welcome to explore and enjoy our extensive gardens. We are closely monitoring the situation regarding Covid-19; we hope very much that our plans will go ahead, but any changes we have to make will be advertised on this website, so please watch this space.

Our adapted programme is exciting but simple: seven short concerts in seven days, starting at 6pm, plus an extra event especially for children. Each concert will last one hour without interval, for an audience of up to 25 people in the Music Barn. If the weather is fine, more people can listen from outside the barn, which acts as a wonderful resonating chamber. People may also listen in to some of our rehearsals and informal sight-reading sessions – in small numbers, observing social distancing – to be announced nearer the time.

Our series of concerts features several great works by Beethoven, celebrating the 250th anniversary of his birth. Other highlights include Schubert's Trout Quintet and Dvorak's glorious string sextet, plus an unusual programme dedicated to JS Bach and three of his sons. Our musicians form a wonderful combination of celebrated professionals and brilliant young talents, united by their love of chamber music. 

 

Yew Tree

Although it goes against nature for us not to organise delicious meals and drinks as part of the festival, this year we will ask everyone to bring their own refreshments. There is plenty of space for picnics, Glyndebourne style!

We will be scrupulously careful to implement safety and hygiene precautions, and space in the Music Barn has been carefully measured to allow for correct social distancing. Booking and payment will all be online, and there are no paper tickets or programmes. Click here to see our detailed safety plans.

For those of you who are not yet able to venture away from home, we will record and send you highlights of the concerts online.

We hope you may be able to join us at Lavethan, and we all look forward very much to sharing live music with you again!

With best wishes,

Krysia Osostowicz and the Musicians of the Dante Festival