Posted on April 25, 2017
This summer, Liverpool celebrates 50 years of The Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The programme of 13 world premieres – one for each of the album’s 13 songs – includes a work by Mark Morris, plus theatre, art, music and multi-media performances. Sgt. Pepper at 50: Heading for Home will be performed from May 25 to June 16.
The festival opens with the Mark Morris Dance Group in Morris’s new Pepperland. It features a new score by Ethan Iverson, inspired by the songs “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “With a Little Help From My Friends”, “A Day in the Life”, “When I’m Sixty-Four”, “Within You Without You” and “Penny Lane”. Iverson’s score will be performed by the MMDG Music Ensemble, with a remarkable sextet of voice, theremin, soprano saxophone, trombone and two keyboards. These will be the only UK performances of the work this year.
Other performances include the John Cage-inspired Mr Kite’s MUSICIRCUS!, in which hundreds of musicians, poets, dancers, circus artists and spectators take part in a free event at Aintree Racecourse, a work by fireworks artists Christophe Berthonneau and Groupe F inspired by “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and a multi-media performance by Meow Meow and her Sleepless Beauties, featuring a procession to the city’s Metropolitan and Anglican Cathedrals, with 300-strong brass band and candlelit vigil. Milapfest will stage a day-long Beatles Ragafest, featuring some of the world’s top Indian artists, along with a festival village of Indian food, arts and crafts.
For the full programme, visit sgtpepperat50.com.