Welcome to KOFMA 2016. Inspired by last year’s response to our inaugural venture,we are again in festive mood, with an ambitious programme of music, art and poetry- among many offerings, a choral masterwork- Mendelssohn’s Elijah, another candlelit jazz dinner in our principal venue, the parish church of St Matthew, a popular and mixed collection of music by a talented young group, All the King’s Men, an evening of poetry with the much acclaimed, much loved poet Wendy Cope, and a grand sing-along finale, the Vivaldi Gloria.
We are looking for bigger audiences, a wider involvement, more helpers. This is your festival; this is our festival- a week’s celebration of good things to hear, see and enjoy, matched and endorsed by a community pride and spirit we are confident is unequaled anywhere in west London.
Watch this space.
PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS – KOFMA 2016
More information about all our events including booking tickets will be available on our events page shortly.
Sunday: Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang and English choral classics. The Oxford Spezzati Chorus and Orchestra will perform at the opening concert. The Spezzati are some of the most dynamic and exciting semi-professional and amateur young musicians in the UK today.
Monday: KOFMA Young Musicians Concert. The young musicians will attend a masterclass with international violist Louise Williams and pianist William Howard, followed by an evening performance.
Tuesday: ‘Under the Sea’ Gala Dinner. St Matthew’s will be transformed into an underwater paradise for our themed dinner (wear something blue!). An evening of great food prepared by chef Fred Dickieson and his crew, with live music from The Lallemant Trio who will be joined by trumpeter Paul Eshelby.
Wednesday: From Russia to Britten with Love. The evening features Shostakovich String Quartet No 2 and his Cello Sonata and a selection of songs by Benjamin Britten.
Thursday: All the King’s Men, the award winning all-male a cappella group from King’s College London join us. They will present a diverse selection of music and entertaining choreography, seasoned with humour and mischief, creating a regal performance fit for a king!
Friday: Poetry Evening with contemporary English poet Wendy Cope. Her witty lyrics and remarkable talent for parody promise an entertaining evening.
Saturday: Gala concert, A Night in Italy, featuring, Vivaldi’s Gloria.
The come and sing day gives everyone an opportunity to perform in our gala concert with an orchestra under the direction of choral conductor and broadcaster Jeremy Summerly.
In addition to this we have architectural walks with Caroline MacMillan, a lecture with Denis Moriarty, a school concert and an exhibition of work by local artists.