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Welcome to the 2014 Paxos Festival

During the 2014 Paxos Festival, our 28th summer music gala on this magical island we were delighted to welcome Alice Turner and Michael Brownlee Walker as our artistic directors, who programmed an adventurous series of concerts, bringing together musicians from the United Kingdom and Greece.
Players from the Hallé Orchestra in the UK and the Athens State Orchestra joined the Ergon Ensemble, our two director-pianists and the brilliant young mezzo-soprano Rebecca Afonwy-Jones (fresh from the main stage at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden) to present a wonderful week of performances.
Dimitra Trypani returned to the island to lead an enlarged workshop for the young people of the island, featuring music specially composed for the course, in partnership with choir conductor Anelia Stefanova and a team of specialised music educators. Another workshop, focusing on traditional Greek music and instruments, was run by Martha Mavroidi.
We were also excited to present famous musicians and song writers Frank Musker and Yiannis Spathas, who lead a song-writing workshop.
The festival opened with performances by the percussion of the Old Corfu Philharmonic in the squares of Gaios and Lakka.

Nick Thompson
Chairman, Paxos Festival Trust