This year's theme - in the main inspired by
the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1and the 75th anniversary of
the outbreak of World War 2 - is War and Peace. Many of the works that feature
in the Festival programme are connected with conflicts through the ages, from
John Ireland's 1917 trio depicting "the
boys going over the top of the trenches" to Gershwin's political
satire, "Strike up the Band".
We also explore the concept of exile in every sense of the term;
geographically, socially, emotionally, politically and professionally.
As always, the repertoire chosen is intended
to inform, entertain and provoke further investigation of features composers
and their music. I hope to have found a balance in the programming that
demonstrates respect and reverence for our subject without invoking too much
Once again we welcome to the county an
outstanding group of instrumentalists, all of whom are firmly established
amongst the leading artists in the world today. Alongside several faces already
familiar to LICMF audiences, I'm delighted to introduce a number of wonderful
musicians who will be appearing in Lincolnshire for the first time. I'm
particularly excited at the prospect of the fantastic Sarah Fox - a Proms
favourite of recent years - presenting a concert in commemoration of the 50th
anniversary of Cole Porter's death. It's sure to be a memorable occasion and I
urge you not to miss it!
These are of course, challenging times for
any arts organisation and it is only thanks to our audiences that LICMF
continues to thrive and everyone connected with the Festival is immensely
grateful for their support and enthusiasm.
We look forward to welcoming you again this
year. It's sure to be another wonderful event, so please do spread the word.