22-27 Nov 2005. The feast day of St Cecilia, the patron saint of music, which falls on 22 Nov, is celebrated in grand style in this six-day festival in Stationers Hall, one of Londons finest old City livery halls. This years festival centres around the music and musicians of Central and Eastern Europe, with concerts by the Skampa String Quartet from the Czech Republic, the Bekova Trio from Kazakhstan and piano legend Nikolai Demidenko from Moscow, among others, playing music by Dvorak, Janacek, Brahms, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. Eminent author Jessica Douglas-Home presents the annual St Cecilia Lecture on her experiences in pre-perestroika Eastern Europe. As well as top-class music, the festival offers fine food and wines, with every concert preceded by a canap reception, then champagne in the interval and the option of a black-tie five-course banquet after the performance. A champagne brunch accompanies the festivals final concert. Admission to concerts 25, with dinner 110, lecture 10, brunch 35. Concert reception Tues-Sat 18.30. Lecture Sat 14.30. Brunch Sun 12.00.
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St Ceciliatide Festival of Music
All evening events and most daytime events take place in Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4, just 100 m from St Paul's Cathedral. By underground: Mansion House or Blackfriars tube stations. Tel. +44 (0) 1327360931, email: festival@st-ceciliati
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