Countdown to Bookings Start Date
Wednesday 7th July | Show Starts 11am | The Astor Theatre | Unreserved Seating
If Felix Mendelssohn was precocious as a composer, then his sister Fanny was equally gifted, acting as his principal artistic advisor. It is only recently that we have come to appreciate Fanny’s gifts as a musician with over 500 compositions, many of which are still awaiting publication and performance. And if the brother prospered in the wider European world as a composer and a conductor, his sister created a lively and admired music scene in her Berlin salon, a place to be seen and to hear new music.
Brother and sister, both beneficiaries of a desire amongst educated Jews to assimilate into German cultural life, became important composers and conductors remaining deeply devoted to each other throughout their lives, Felix never fully recovered from Fanny’s death in 1847, dying only months later.
Christopher Cook explores the world that shaped these two remarkable musical lives and reflects on the obstacles that faced Fanny as a woman striving to create her own musical identity.