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Ashley Wass
Artistic Director

















 
Dear Music Lovers 

 

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 gloom.

 

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.


 
 
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