Festival Director: Simon Over
Saturday 20 - Sunday 28 July 2013
Southbank Sinfonia is invited to be the resident orchestra each July at the Anghiari Festival in Tuscany. The festival is warmly supported by the community in this historic hilltop village and also attracts many friends of the orchestra from the UK.
Anghiari is a lovely medieval town lying between two rivers, the Tiber and the Arno. The powerful thirteenth century walls made the town an invincible fortress which constituted an important reference point and kept the Tuscan flag flying during the many historical events that occurred in this delicately balanced border area. On the 29th June 1440 the famous Battle of Anghiari, which was subsequently painted by Leonardo da Vinci in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, reaffirmed Florentine rule in Tuscany. Anghiari and its surrounding area has seen the lives and work of the greatest men of the Renaissance who brought the seeds of the modern age from the land intra Tevere et Arno to the whole of Europe. The centuries that followed left their various marks on the churches and houses giving the town its own individual character strung along the steep ‘ruga’ (furrow or wrinkle) that cuts through its centre, making it unique and unmistakable.
The festival provides a full and varied programme, which is currently taking shape. Throughout the week our musicians will perform in stunning locations in and around Anghiari including the popular ‘Progressivo’; a mini-concert tour which winds its way through the picturesque backdrops the ancient town has to offer, as well as concerts featuring Italian cellist Umberto Clerici, Vox Musica and singers from Bury Court Opera. Members of Britain’s Parliament Choir will also join forces with local singers for a ‘Coro Maratona’. We end the week in style with a Gala concert on the Saturday.
A summary of the 2013 programme is available here.
We look forward to seeing you in Anghiari in July.