Exciting new festival coming to Penzance this September

There’s an exciting new festival coming to Penzance this September, FestWest PZ from 18th – 22nd September 2019, showcasing leading international artists alongside home-grown talent and upcoming stars in music & the arts. The idea of a festival came from the opportunity of hearing concertos on the HFC Steinway piano which is currently being housed in St Marys Church, Chapel St, Penzance whilst the renovations take place. Bringing together IMS Prussia Cove, Tim Boulton, Tim Dean, Penlee theatre, The Acorn and Exchange Penzance, this new festival is supported by Penzance BID and hopes to become an annual highlight. Penzance had been synonymous with the arts over the centuries with a history of nurturing innovators and creative talent, with a back drop of a stunning coastline, beautiful architecture and maritime history it provides the perfect combination for a celebration of Music Making Waves. There are events in venues across Penzance including St Marys Church, Penlee Theatre, The Acorn Theatre, and St Johns Hall, with a line-up of international stars including IMS who are renowned for understanding the fruitful relationship between nature and music, and the inspiration that this part of the Cornwall can offer to musicians and their audiences. Many of the world’s leading soloists have attended their seminars, and acknowledge how much their playing owes to the magical influence of time spent in Cornwall. Former students and participants of the seminars are to be found among the leaders of the great orchestras across the world. This year’s productions include Stravinsky The Rite of Spring, Debussy Estampes, Haydn String Quartet Op. 77 no. 1 and Thomas Ades The Four Quarters. Highlights of a strong recital programme include Susan Tomes, Charles Owen and Dominic Degavino and the Castalian and John Law Quartets. Tickets are available for from £9 and concessions available if you are under 25. Box Office: 01736810181 or minack.com

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