Tickets for Hay Festival Segovia, 20–23 September 2018, on sale now.
Joan Tarrida, publisher of Galaxia Gutenberg, and Jesús Ruiz Mantilla, author Yo, Farinelli, el capon, talk in La Granja about the most famous castrato in history. He was a baroque icon - responsible for introducing Italian opera into Spain, and the subject of Ruiz Mantilla’s novel. His 22-year-stay at the Borbón court began at this royal palace in Segovia, where he arrived to cure Philip V’s melancholy through music therapy. He stayed in his service and in Philip’s successor, Carlos III, until he sent him back to Italy. Followed by a concert of Baroque music.
Directed not just at music teachers, this workshop consisting of two, two-hour courses, shows first how to analyse a piece of music (in this case Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye), breaking it down so that pupils can better understand and then learn to play it. In the second session, we teach how to tell a story through music. Both sessions will be accompanied by pianists.
Inspired by the Samuel Beckett and Italo Calvino, the sculptor Roberto Barni works on the idea of the human condition and presents mankind anonymously in enigmatic situations. His pieces, featuring figures seemingly lost or captured off-balance, will be displayed in the gardens of the Huerto de Félix Ortiz, where the opening will feature a lyrical concert by the Prosegur Foundation in collaboration with the Albéniz Foundation, played by students of the Reina Sofía Music School.
In the event of rain, the concert will be transferred to Casa de la Moneda at the same time.
The British Council School is a bicultural institution with students aged from two up to 18 years. The secondary school’s orchestra and choir is made up of students from 11 years plus. They interpret a varied repertoire including Renaissance, baroque and classical pieces, as well as contemporary works. The College is committed to musical development, not only for the artistic results obtained through learning, but also for the values that are acquired by overcoming the challenges of working together, including loyalty, flexibility, resilience and care for others. The British Council School contributes to the British Council's global mission of spreading British culture and the English language and building closer ties with cultures around the world.