A Book of British Music Festivals - Richard AdamsRobert Royce, 1986, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Price Clipped. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “When one considers the nearly two hundred British festivals covered in this book, the thing that strikes one most forcibly is the richness and variety of their music-making. There are festivals devoted to church music, to early music, to the most radical of contemporary music; festivals of opera and chamber music; festivals that celebrate the English, Scottish or Welsh tradition; festivals for the organ, for choirs, for young people; festivals that have no fixed abode and festivals that are closely associated with particular buildings. And the firmest based are those which demonstrate that passionate commitment — whether it shows itself in the enthusiasm of the amateur who stays up half the night helping erect a platform for a visiting wind ensemble, or the generosity of the professional who waives her fee — in the absence of which the sounds of celebration ring hollow and fade all too quickly. Richard Adams has written a witty and zestful survey of the classical music festival scene in England, Scotland and Wales in the mid-eighties. He includes accounts of all festivals in which music plays a major role — from prestigious international events to modest village festivities, from St Magnus (in the Orkneys) to Notre Dame du Rosaire (in Guernsey). The book is intended as a practical guide for festival addicts and music-loving tourists and is also an evocation of the atmosphere and flavour of the British music festival tradition. There is an introductory chapter on the origins of this tradition and the remainder of the book is divided into sections covering England, Scotland, Wales, London, festivals in churches and cathedrals, organ festivals, youth festivals and specialist festivals. Scattered among these sections there are several ‘private views’ volunteered by well-known musical figures — composers Michael Berkeley, Geoffrey Burgon and Robert Saxton, singers Teresa Cahill and Linda Esther Gray, critic Noel Goodwin, conductor Richard Hickox and violinist Simon Standage. The book includes a festival calendar with contact addresses and telephone numbers, two useful maps, and is profusely illustrated with some thirty colour and fifty black and white photographs.”