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The Setúbal Music Festival

The Anglo-Portuguese Society presents The 2019 David Mynett Memorial Lecture “The Setúbal Music Festival” by Ian Ritchie Artistic Director, Setúbal Music Festival & The Ann Waterfall Student Award Presentation.

About Ian Ritchie

Ian Ritchie trained as a singer at the Royal College of Music and continued his studies at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar, and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.  During a musical career of more than 40 years he has directed several prominent arts organisations, including the City of London Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Opera North, St Magnus Festival (Orkney) and the City of London Festival. Ian is committed to providing opportunities for musicians of all backgrounds and abilities. Among his current charitable activities, he has helped to set up Music Action International which works creatively with refugees and asylum seekers.

In 2010 Ian was invited by the Helen Hamlyn Trust in London and the Setúbal Municipality in Portugal to set up the Setúbal Music Festival and has remained as its Artistic Director ever since. Now approaching its 9th edition in 2019 (23rd-27th May), the Festival has proved from the outset to be a unique cultural phenomenon, bringing together internationally-acclaimed guest artists with the local community – including almost 1,500 young people who are engaged each year in creative workshops and collaborative performances – in making music and enriching the cultural life of Setúbal and its surrounding area. Visitors to the Festival enjoy performances and events in several of the City’s beautiful and historic buildings.

Ian will tell us about the Festival: how it has expanded and developed over the past eight years – including the creation of the Setúbal Youth Ensemble (a pioneering model of social inclusion and human development) and his current plans to establish a national Centre for Music, Health & Wellbeing in the city, with its local roots and international partners (like the Festival itself) – and what impact this annual event has had upon its community as a whole and the lives of young Portuguese musicians in particular.

Ann Waterfall Student Award 2018: The talk will be followed by the presentation to Louise Ormerod of Cardiff University.



January 29
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
£15 - £35


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