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Showcasing Martin Randall Festivals in 2024

posted on 06/11/23


This page was updated on 17th November 2023. The event has now taken place and the recording can be viewed here


It is less than two weeks until we launch our fourth and final Martin Randall Festival planned for 2024, Opera in Sicily (18–24 October), and to mark this occasion we are hosting an exclusive free webinar episode on 16th November 2023.

The episode begins with an introductory conversation between MRT's Artistic Director Lizzie Watson and company founder and Creative Director Martin Randall, who will discuss the genesis of the music festivals for which we have become renowned. We will then be joined by leading musicologists each of whom is accompanying one of our forthcoming festivals either as speaker or performer; Dr Katy Hamilton (Salzburg), Richard Wigmore (Danube), Dr Stephen Darlington (Divine Office) and Ian Page (Sicily). In conversation with Lizzie, they will discuss the programme for each festival, and the music they are most looking forward to hearing. Whether you are already booked or are thinking about joining us, we would be delighted to welcome you. 

This episode will be broadcast live at 4.30pm (London) on 16th November 2023 on Zoom and will be recorded for those who wish to watch later.

Click here to register now for free

The speakers

Dr Katy Hamilton

Writer and broadcaster, she has provided talks for, amongst others, Wigmore Hall, BBC Proms and the Oxford Lieder Festival. A frequent contributor to BBC Radio 3, Katy’s specialism is the music of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and she is the editor of Brahms in the Home and Concert Hall (2014) and Brahms in Context (2019). Katy has taught at the Royal College of Music, City Lit, and the Universities of Nottingham and Middlesex.

Richard Wigmore

Music writer, lecturer and broadcaster for BBC Radio 3. He writes for BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone and has taught classes in Lieder history and interpretation at the Guildhall, Trinity College of Music and Birkbeck College. He read French and German at Cambridge and later studied Music at the Guildhall. His publications include Schubert: The Complete Song Texts and Pocket Guide to Haydn. 

Dr Stephen Darlington

One of the country’s leading choral conductors. From 1985 to 2018 he was Director of Music at Christ Church, Oxford, establishing it as an acknowledged centre of academic musical excellence, and maintained the highest choral traditions of the Church of England in the Cathedral. An extensive discography, comprising over fifty CDs, includes several award-winning recordings. He was awarded an MBE in 2019.

Ian Page

Conductor and artistic director of The Mozartists, and is one of the leading Mozart interpreters of his generation. His visionary MOZART 250 project follows the chronological trajectory of the composer’s life, works and influences across 27 years, and his numerous recordings include the first seven releases in a projected complete cycle of the Mozart Operas. 

Click here to register now for free

Frequently asked questions

How do I join the webinar?

An e-mail confirmation will be sent to you after you have registered, which includes your unique link for joining the webinar. Reminder e-mails will be sent to you one day and one hour before the event. We recommend that you download the Zoom software in advance of the webinar.

Can I watch the live broadcast(s) on more than one device?

Only one device can be connected to the live broadcast(s) at any one time.

What happens if I am unable to attend the live broadcast(s)? 

A recording will be uploaded to a dedicated webpage approximately two hours after the live broadcast. We will send you an e-mail with full details after the live broadcast has taken place.


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