The much missed Clifton International Festival of Music returns in person this summer with a line up of musicians eager for you to drop in and hear them.

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A week of top music in various styles culminates with the Mozart Requiem and Clarinet Concerto – the composer’s final two works. The journey begins with Jeremy Summerly’s workshop for people interested in choral singing. Renowned for his knowledge, warmth and humour, this workshop will be a delight for all amateur singers. Shostakovich (the well known protester against Russian oppression) follows with his visceral piano concerto coupled with Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony, performed by the Orchestra of the City.

Choral and solo recitals distinguish the week, with celebrated Soprano Mary Bevan singing Dowland and Purcell, and recent Handel International Festival winner Alexander Chance teaming up with Festival favourite Daisy Walford in Pergolesi’s immortal setting of the Stabat Mater.

The big Bs of Classical Music feature across the week with concerts of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. These include the Moonlight Sonata, Brahms’s Clarinet Sonata and the Goldberg Variations of Bach played on harpsichord by the keyboard virtuoso Malcolm Archer. Bristol Brass makes their festival debut with an eclectic programme of tunes from across the centuries.

For a week of musical joy as we return to the Bristol scene, you can do no better than explore this Festival.

Welcome everybody, new and old.