Our mini Festival in April 2013 celebrates the life and times of one of the most charismatic and influential French composers of the 20th century: Francis Poulenc. Often pigeon holed as the "playboy" of French music, we'll be shedding new light and fresh perspective on this complex composer, in the 50th anniversary year of his death.
Born in Paris in 1899, Poulenc went on to experience and influence many aspects of the city's life; he was a key member of the ‘Les Six' group of composers, as well as keeping company with the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and every French author from Apollinaire to Valéry. Celebrating not only his music, we'll be performing music by his contemporaries, delving into the world of 1920s Paris and its bohemia and café culture, as well as considering on a more serious note, the twin themes of religion and sexuality; all of which were important influences on Poulenc and his music.
Listen to our Festival playlist previewing some of the music we'll be performing.