John Ruskin-themed events tonight & tomorrow for Herne Hill Music Festival!

For the next two evenings, Herne Hill Music Festival is all about John Ruskin, former Herne Hill resident and sage of South London. The Festival marks the bicentenary of his birth in 1819 (died 1900) with two Ruskin-themed performances on consecutive nights for #FestDay6 and #FestDay7, both sponsored by The Herne Hill Society.

’Ruskin and Friends' is the first of the two performances, and happens tonight at Herne Hill United Church Methodist Reformed, tonight (Weds 9th October) 7:30pm! Talented tenor Charles MacDougall, with Robert Mingay-Smith on piano celebrate music he loved, he wrote about and some he wrote himself, as well as music he despised! Also there will be readings on music from Ruskin’s own writings. Plus a premiere of a new song cycle “Pearls on Scales” by the award winning composer Andrew Wilson, showing how Ruskin’s influence on artists continues in our own time. Tickets available from the Festival website or We Got Tickets:

Then tomorrow evening (Thurs 10th October) the Festival stages its Junior School Musical 'Listen to the River', commissioned by #HHMF2019 and written by celebrated composer Paul Ayres. Admission is FREE. The musical is inspired by the children’s story “The King of the Golden River”, written by John Ruskin himself. There will be performances by Year 5 pupils from St Saviour’s School, who will play the roles of River Effra (our local river), and of three groups of people who live by the water: The Urbans, The Rurals, and The Children. Will people learn to treat the river in the best way possible for the common good? A timely event given current climate protests! The musical will be followed by refreshments - then a folk music show till 9.30.

This performance, like ‘Ruskin and Friends’ is being sponsored by The Herne Hill Society. More 'Listen to the River' info: