Richmond upon Thames Music and Drama Festival

The 2017 Music and Drama Festival takes place from 13 to 31 March 2017.

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Festival highlights

Below are some highlights from this year's festival. Please see the full festival programme(pdf, 1163KB) for details on how to book each event. Events marked as 'Special Events' can be booked via our online booking system.

Music and Drama Festival Opening Event

  • Date: Sunday 12 March
  • Time: 3pm
  • Location: The Stoop, Twickenham
  • Price: Free (booking required)

Launching the 2017 Music and Drama Festival with a showcase of special perfomances curated for the festival.

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The Girl and the Giraffe

  • Date: Sunday 26 March
  • Time: 11am and 2.30pm
  • Location: Old Sorting Office Arts Centre
  • Price: £6 per ticket (under 3 years free)

A charming show featuring puppetry, an enchanting soundscape and beautiful storytelling about friendship, told from a child's perspective.

Performances last 45 minutes (no interval).

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Richmond Opera, Joy and Celebration:
Haydn’s Creation and Vivaldi’s Gloria

  • Date: Saturday 25 March
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Location: The Vineyard Church, Richmond
  • Price: £10 (no booking required)

Haydn’s musical celebration of the creation story offers some of the most optimistic and life-affirming music ever composed. Suffused with symphonic ambition, its inventive use of wind instruments, stunning arias and climatic choruses ensures its continuing popularity amongst audiences worldwide.

Vivaldi’s sacred masterpiece Gloria rightly enjoys a similar love and affection among singers, instrumentalists and audiences.

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Festival patrons

  • Sara Burn Edwards
  • Sir Vince Cable
  • Clive Francis
  • Bamber Gascoigne
  • Howard Greenwood
  • John Hannah
  • Anne Sebba

'I am delighted to give my support to this new Music and Drama Festival. It is wonderful to see such talent being given a platform in Richmond and I look forward to the events taking place in the autumn.'

John Hannah
Music and Drama Festival Patron

Contact the Arts Service

The Arts Service at Orleans House Gallery
Riverside,
Twickenham,
TW1 3DJ

Telephone: 020 8831 6000
Fax: 020 8744 0501
Email: artsinfo@richmond.gov.uk
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Updated: 20 February 2017