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Fanny: The Other Mendelssohn (PG)

Dir: Sheila Hayman | UK | 2023 | 97 mins

Please note a pre-recorded Q&A (approx. 20 mins) will follow each of the screenings. The Q&A is hosted by Sandi Toksvig (QI, The News Quiz) and will feature director Sheila Hayman and star contributor Isata Kanneh-Mason.

The screenings on 26 and 30 November are presented in partnership with the Eastbourne Film Society.

Take a celebrated musical genius, sibling rivalry, an unknown manuscript, some persistent research and one sensational revelation – and what have you got? Fanny: The Other Mendelssohn – the acclaimed new doc from BAFTA-winning director Sheila Hayman featuring global Decca star and virtuous pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason.   

It reveals the extraordinary story of Fanny Mendelssohn, a composer long sidelined to her famous brother Felix by the guardians of classical music, who despite being forbidden a musical career persevered, composing 450 works in her short life. Her lost masterpiece, 'The Easter Sonata', is here brought to life by virtuoso pianist Kanneh-Mason. As she explores the music, the parallels between her life and Fanny's – including the challenge of being a pioneer with few role models in classical music – become clear in this moving, joyous film. 

Refund Policy: Please be aware all tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable to another event. If you are unable to make an event, tickets can be passed to someone else but the original booker's details will remain in our system.

Access Information: Blue badge parking is available alongside the plaza to the front of Towner, along with drop off bays (max 30mins waiting). Further blue badge spaces available in College Rd Car Park. The Cinema is on the ground floor and the front row of seats are on level ground. All other seats are raked, with stairs & handrail. There is an induction loop. If you have any specific access requirements, please get in touch with us on [email protected] or 01323 434670.

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