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Fanny: The Other Mendelssohn


Monday 17 June — 6:45 PM

Goethe Institute

50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, SW7 2PH London

Q&A to follow with director Sheila Hayman, composer and pianist Electra Perivolaris, Lydia Rilling, the first female director of the Donaueschingen Music Days. Their conversation will be moderated by historian and writer Leah Broad.

Thursday 4 July — 3:00 PM

Budleigh Music Festival

Budleigh Salterton, Public Hall Station Rd, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6RJ

Past Screenings: 

Thu 26 Oct

FilmBath Festival

Live Q&A with director Sheila Hayman

Fri 27 Oct

Fulham Road Picturehouse, London

Live Q&A with director Sheila Hayman

Wed 01 Nov

Hackney Picturehouse, London

Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

Cinema City Picturehouse, Norwich

Harbour Lights Picturehouse, Southampton

Regal Picturehouse, Henley-on-Thames

West Norwood Picturehouse, London

Little Theatre Cinema, Bath

Bromley Picturehouse, London

Cameo Picturehouse, Edinburgh

Crouch End Picturehouse, London

Ealing Picturehouse, London

Finsbury Park Picturehouse, London

Greenwich Picturehouse, London

Fulham Road Picturehouse, London

Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford

City Screen Picturehouse, York

Chiswick Cinema, London

The Light, Addlestone 

The Light, New Brighton

The Light, Cambridge

The Light, Sheffield

The Light, Stockport

Garden Cinema, London

Thu 02 Nov

Phoenix Cinema, London

Garden Cinema, London

Sat 04 Nov

Presteigne Screen, Presteigne

Sun 05 Nov

New Park Cinema, Chichester

Mon 06 Nov

New Park Cinema, Chichester

JW3, London

Tues 07 Nov

JW3, London

Wed 08 Nov

Haslemere Hall, Haslemere 

Corn Exchange, Wallingford

JW3, London

Kinema in the Woods, Woodhall Spa

Thu 09 Nov

New Park Cinema, Chichester

JW3, London

Fri 10 Nov

Kinema in the Woods, Woodhall Spa

Sat 11 Nov

Northampton Filmhouse

Sun 12 Nov

Forum, Hexham

Mon 13 Nov

Abbeygate Cinema

Wed 15 Nov

Northampton Filmhouse

Sun 19 Nov

Riverside Woodbridge

Electric Palace, Harwich

Mon 20 Nov

Riverside Woodbridge

Electric Palace, Harwich

Tue 21 Nov

Strode Theatre

Thur 23 Nov

Riverside Woodbridge

From Fri 24 to Thu 30 Nov

Broadway, Nottingham

Sat 25 Nov

Totnes Cinema, Totnes

Strode Theatre

Tue 28 Nov

Totnes Cinema, Totnes

Wed 29 Nov

Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Q&A with director Sheila Hayman

Totnes Cinema, Totnes

Thu 30 Nov

Totnes Cinema, Totnes

Sun 03 Dec

Totnes Cinema, Totnes

Wed 6 Dec

Curzon Aldgate, London

Curzon Camden, London

Curzon Canterbury Westgate, Canterbury

Curzon Colchester

Curzon Kingston, London

Curzon Knutsford

Curzon Oxford

Curzon Richmond, London

Live Q&A with director Sheila Hayman & Chi-Chi Nwanoku

Curzon Sheffield

Curzon Victoria, London

Curzon Wimbledon, London

Sat 9 Dec

ActOne, London

22, 23 & 27 Dec

Broadway Cinema, Nottingham

Tuesday 7 May — 7:00 PM

Kiln Cinema

Kiln Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR

Part of a programme of inspirations behind their new play The Ballad of Hattie and James (Kiln Theatre, 11 April – 18 May 2024), in which Fanny’s music features heavily. The screening will be introduced by the playwright Samuel Adamson.

Wednesday 8 May — 7:00 PM

OUNDLE: Fletton House

Oundle Suite, First Floor, Fletton House, Glapthorn Road, Oundle PE8 4JA

Presented by DOCS+.

Sunday 12 May — 6:00 PM

Chiltern Arts Festival

The Brushwood Suite, Wades Park, Stratton Road
Princes Risborough, HP27 9AX

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Take a celebrated musical genius, some sibling rivalry, an unknown manuscript, BAFTA-winning filmmaker Sheila Hayman, and one sensational revelation and what have you got? Fanny: The Other Mendelssohn – revelatory new feature documentary starring global Decca star, Isata Kanneh-Mason.

Felix Mendelssohn’s Wedding March may be the best-known classical composition of all time. But Felix was not the only genius in the family. His sister, Fanny was also a brilliant composer. But Fanny was equal to any of her contemporaries, male or female; technically brilliant and boldly ground-breaking. Tragically, the resulting joy and recognition were short-lived. Less than a year later, Fanny died, and shortly afterwards Felix too. But today Fanny's music is beginning to get the recognition it deserves. 

Over a century later, in 1971, the famous pianist Eric Heidsieck was contacted by a record company and asked to produce the first recording of Mendelssohn’s Easter Sonata. It was presumed to be the work of Felix. But in an amazing plot twist, captured as it happened in this extraordinary film, it is once and for all proven definitively to be Fanny’s own piano masterpiece, written when she was only 22. Fanny’s music is brought to life by the gifted virtuoso pianist, Isata Kanneh-Mason, recipient of the 2021 Leonard Bernstein Award and 2021 best classical artist at the Global Awards. And as she discovers the Easter Sonata, the parallels between her life and Fanny’s – including the challenge of being a pioneer with few role models in classical music – become clear.

Directed by the unheralded composer’s great great great granddaughter, it is moving as it is joyous. This is the story of a very modern woman – who just happened to live 200 years ago.

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