Morley Festival Update - March 2018

Morley Festival 2018“Planets” – the Morley College London Festival of Arts and Culture 2018 – will present 20 fantastic events in 18 fabulous days from 27 June to 14 July.

Why “Planets”? This year marks the centenary of the first performance of Gustav Holst’s famous orchestral work, The Planets. It’s an anniversary that has provided us with a theme which runs through most of the Festival’s concerts, exhibitions, talks and other events.

Highlights will include:

  • The premiere of a specially commissioned arrangement of Holst’s suite for four pianos and eight players, performed by members of our keyboard faculty
  • An other-worldly art installation in the Gallery by acclaimed Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price
  • An evening of poetry and music hosted by celebrated performance poet Inua Ellams, whose play Barber Shop Chronicles was a recent hit at the National Theatre
  • “Mars: Small, Old, Frozen… Exciting” – a Penny Lecture by Javier Cuadros, an authority on earth sciences from the Natural History Museum
  • A very unconventional concert from experimental ensemble The Instant Orchestra led by Radio 3 Late Junction presenter Max Reinhardt
  • A screening of BBC4's biographic film Holst: In the Bleak Midwinter, with a Q&A session with the film's director, renowned music documentary maker Tony Palmer.

The Festival will see the unveiling of the inaugural “Fifth Plinth” sculpture in the College’s new entrance courtyard and a presentation of the winners of “Sampling Holst”, the Engine Room’s latest sonic arts initiative.

Add to that, Morley Jazz Night with special guests, a multidisciplinary fashion catwalk show, a celebration of Morley’s eclectic dance disciplines, opera and
theatre performances, and much more make up a series of events that are “out of this world”!

Full details of all Festival events and how to obtain tickets will be available on our website from Monday 9th April 2018.