Nearly a quarter of a millennium since the curtain fell on the last Marylebone Music Festival, the tradition is being revived this year. For the first time in 240 years, the pleasure gardens and other iconic landmarks in London’s West End will play host to this eclectic and wide-ranging festival – and it is all being done for charity.
There will be a chance to enjoy champagne and strawberries in the Marylebone Pleasure Gardens with songs from Mary Bevan, the fabulous English National Opera soprano. Listen also to violinist Lizzie Ball and cellist Gabriella Swallow, stars of the jazz and classical music scene who both regularly perform at Ronnie Scotts.
Prog rock legend Rick Wakeman is the patron. Festival goers can hear his performance of his relaxing mind-and-body Symphony for the Spectrum – The Rainbow Suite.
The Orion Orchestra is reviving the Marylebone Music Festival to raise funds for the West London Day Centre, which helps 100 homeless people and people affected by poverty every day. The centre, part of the West London Mission, relies entirely on donations.
There will also be a raffle with prizes donated from local Marylebone shops and businesses including afternoon tea for two in the Winter Garden of the Landmark Hotel, lunch for two at the 108 Restaurant at the Marylebone Hotel and a classic English tea for two at the Wallace Collection.
The London Eye has donated a ticket for four people that includes a visit to the London Aquarium.
The festival has a noteworthy history.
“May as many of us as remain unhanged next spring meet here again,” proclaimed the Duke of Buckingham in the 18th century, raising his glass to yet another glittering season at the Marylebone Pleasure Gardens.
The festival opens on the Friday 24th June, with Rick Wakeman performing music he has written especially for children with autism. Celebrating the area’s history on Sunday, we take ‘a moment in the garden’ enjoying music from the Marylebone Pleasure Gardens with a special outdoor event in Manchester Square.
Artists include Nicholas Daniel (holder of the Queen’s Medal for Music), Anne Denholm (HRH the Prince of Wales’s Harpist) and internationally renowned chamber musicians Priya Mitchell, Hugo Ticciati, Meghan Cassidy, Jamie Walton, Claude Frochaux, Tom Poster, Alena Lugovkina and Anna Hashimoto. The young stars of the Orion Orchestra, conducted by Sue Perkins, will be performing Fauré’s Requiem with the boy choristers from the Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School.
Venues: Regent Cinema, St. James Spanish Place, Marylebone Parish Church, Marylebone Hotel, Manchester Square.
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