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Exclusive ticket offers for East Neuk Festival

2 Jun

thingOne of the highlights of summer in Fife is the East Neuk Festival, 3-7 July, which combines an exciting and innovative musical and literature programme with wonderful venues, from exquisite churches to beautiful gardens. Nature is even more to the forefront this year, as the East Neuk Festival celebrates birds and birdsong. In its music programme there are masterpieces by Beethoven and Ravel as well two pieces by the outstanding Alaskan composer, John Luther-Adams. Its Littoral programme, curated by Catherine Lockerbie and Jenny Brown, aims to inspire, enquire and explore through writers and writing. This year, Littoral brings some of the finest nature writers from across the UK to join highly distinguished local authors to reflect on how we observe and interact with our environment.  The Festival has offered StAnza special ticket prices for the following Littoral and Music events:

LITTORAL: £5 tickets (instead of £10) for people quoting: ENFStAnza5

Thursday 4 July  | 18:00hrs  | Largo Kirk  | GAVIN FRANCIS

Adventurers including Alexander Selkirk, immortalised as Robinson Crusoe, are associated with this historic kirk, so it’s a fitting place to hear Fife-bred explorer Gavin Francis. After a year as doctor to the British Antarctic Survey, he speaks eloquently of a world of ice, silence and Emperor penguins.

LITTORAL: £10 (instead of £15) for people quoting: ENFStAnza10

Saturday 6 July  | 14:30hrs  | Cambo House and Estate  | CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP WITH LINDA CRACKNELL

Join experienced author and tutor, Linda Cracknell, in a workshop including forays outdoors into the beautiful Cambo Estate. Aimed at both new and experienced writers, the workshop will inspire you to explore your own associations with landscape through writing.

LITTORAL: £5 tickets (instead of £10) for people quoting: ENFStAnza5

Sunday 7 July  | 11:30hrs  | Crail Church Hall  | A SILENT SUMMER?

Join in a highly topical discussion with some of our leading authors and thinkers. Fifty years after Rachel Carson’s seminal Silent Spring warned of the threats to our environment, what now are the dangers, and the signs of hope and success? Speakers include TC Smout, Sir John Lister-Kaye and Esther Woolfson.


London Conchord Ensemble

MUSIC: £10 tickets (instead of £15 & £12) for people quoting: ENFStAnza15 (for £15 to £10 tickets) and ENFStAnza12 (for £12 to £10 tickets)

Thursday 4 July  | 11:30hrs  | Cellardyke Church  | Wit Mystery and Youth 

London Conchord Ensemble

Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon, Messiaen: Abîme des Oiseaux, Mozart: Sonata for Cello and Bassoon K292, Janáček: Mladi 

London Conchord Ensemble’s clarinetist is none other than SCO principal, Maximiliano Martín. He plays solo Messiaen and features in youthful Mozart and Poulenc, both full of wit and brilliance. Janáček, ebullient and spry in his 70s, looks back to his own schooldays in one of his most uplifting works, Mladi.

MUSIC: £10 tickets (instead of £15) for people quoting: ENFStAnza15 

Friday 5 July  |  20:00hrs  | Cambo Barn  | The Tallis Scholars

John Taverner: Missa Corona Spinea

Thomas Tallis: Lamentations of Jeremiah

In their 40th Anniversary year, The Tallis Scholars bring masterpieces of the Renaissance to East Neuk. Taverner’s mass has the sweeping glory of Kings College Chapel: he was the greatest English composer of Henry VIII’s time, and his mass settings are magnificent choral spectaculars – vast and dramatic. Tallis’ Lamentations are profound, timeless – a great contrast.

MUSIC: £10 tickets (instead of £15) for people quoting: ENFStAnza15 

Sunday 7 July  | 17:00 hrs  | Cambo Barn Closing Concert 

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Christian Zacharias, conductor

Messiaen: Appel Interstellaire; Ravel: Ma Mère L’Oye (Suite); Beethoven: Symphony No 6 “Pastoral”

Cambo Barn invites something a little out of the ordinary so you are invited to take a journey in music from deepest space to the natural world right outside the venue. Zacharias conducts a perfect programme to close the 2013 Festival.


Hub Tickets: +44 (0)131 473 2000 / www.hubtickets.co.uk. These offers apply to telephone and online bookings and in person at Hub Tickets, The Hub, Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NE. To take advantage of these special ticket offers, you must quote the references given above.

For more details about the East Neuk Festival programme, visit their website.

StAnza 2014 to be part of Homecoming Scotland

28 Mar

No sooner have we taken down the banners and packed away for this year’s festival than it’s time to start thinking about the next!  And our 2014 festival will be very special indeed.

StAnza, we can now reveal, will be taking part in Homecoming Scotland 2014, a countrywide celebration which the First Minister, Alex Salmond, officially launched  yesterday at Hopetoun House, Edinburgh. With 100 events announced, and more to come it is going to be an action packed calendar. Next year, of course, Scotland will also host both the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup.

StAnza will be held next year from 5-9 March and is making its own Homecoming contributions as part of its festival programme – more will be revealed in the next few months. Suffice to say for now that we will be looking at what the concept of ‘home’ means to poets in Scotland and beyond. One of the festival’s themes will be A Commonwealth of Poetry and there will be a focus on Poetry in Motion, all to celebrate through poetry the Commonwealth Games and Scotland’s cultural connections with the Commonwealth. Follow us on this Blog, on Facebook and Twitter for more developments.

First Minister Alex Salmond is joined by representatives from Homecoming 2014 events

First Minister Alex Salmond is joined by representatives from Homecoming 2014 events/photo VisitScotland

VisitScotland and EventScotland are working in partnership with the Scottish Government to deliver Homecoming 2014 – it will be an opportunity for communities nationally and internationally to explore Scotland and celebrate the very best of Scottish culture. The celebration will cover five themes: active, food and drink, creative, natural and ancestry and among the brand-new events planned are the John Muir Festival in East Lothian to herald the opening of the John Muir coast to coast route (Muir,who hailed from East Lothian, founded America’s National Parks), the Forth Bridges Festival to mark its 50th anniversary, a spectacular Ryder Cup Opening Concert, the Findhorn Bay Arts Festival in Moray, the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, the first World Sheepdog Trials in Tain and the European Festival of Brass based in Perthshire. 

Find out more about these and other planned events at http://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/homecoming-scotland-2014/

Keep up with Homecoming news on Twitter: #homecoming2014


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