2017 Words and Music Festival
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Kindly supported by the Suzanne Sparrow Plymouth Language School with supporting sponsorship from PKF Francis Clark

Message from the festival founder, Suzanne Sparrow: “The 2017 Words and Music Festival is based around the ‘Roaring Twenties’. This was the time when the First World War was over and a new fresh beginning was in process. The music was crisp, jazzy and fun matched with the ‘tempo’ of the time. The words and music that matched the 1920s is pertinent to the situation we face today.”

The Roaring Twenties portrayed the new vision for the future introducing new ideas in dance music and songs. Jazz music became the rage with its catchy rhythms and slick, sophisticated song lyrics. There was a new, free spirit that is reflected in new musical ideas in America and Europe that also developed and revived interest in folk-song and medieval poetry.

Peninsula Arts Sinfonietta is joined by internationally praised star soprano, Jeni Bern, for this celebration of 1920's British and American music. Great songs and English pastoral classics make up this concert celebrating the origins, innovation and sheer fun of the decade and its musical legacy.

The 2017 Words and Music Festival events include:

Film: Some Like It Hot (1959)
Talk: Dr Jody Patterson - Rhapsodies In Paint: Modern Art And The Jazz Age
Talk: Chris Robinson - Plymouth In The Roaring Twenties
Music: Kit Hesketh-Harvey and James McConnel - Noel Coward and His Legacy
Peninsula Arts Sinfonietta: The Roaring Twenties Gala Concert
Music: The Roaring Twenties Tea Dance 

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Visions Season - New and Mindful Visions

In ‘Mindful Visions’ the music programme has looked at the human psychology, connecting the sense of self to visions. The 1920s programme explores the Roaring Twenties when an new vision of post-war positivity was coming to the fore. This was eagerly demonstrated with new ideas in dance, music and songs – jazz music became the rage with its catchy rhythms and slick, sophisticated song lyrics.

Peninsula Arts Sinfonietta

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