Tetbury Music Festival 2016

Tetbury Music Festival 2016

Thursday 29 September – Sunday 2 October

The fourteenth annual festival presents concerts by some of the finest names in classical music as well as a lecture series, new this year, designed to complement the artistic programme…

Tetbury Music Festival 2016 offers a varied and stimulating programme of classical music, including the return of the festival’s founding Artistic Director, Steven Isserlis CBE, this time in a performance role, and the Choir of the Age of Enlightenment’s first ever solo festival performance.

Supported by its Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, the festival is a long-standing musical institution in the Cotswolds, renowned for its high standards of performance and programming. Over the years, it has attracted numerous world-class artists and ensembles such as Stephen Hough, The Sixteen, Sarah Connolly, Angela Hewitt, Rachel Podger and Mark Padmore. The festival also works to champion new players and combines familiar repertoire with less familiar works.

This year’s festival continues this tradition. The opening concert on 29 September sees the much loved Schubert Ensemble perform one of Schumann’s rarely heard gems, 3 Canonic Studies for Pedal Piano, Op. 56, in a new arrangement by composers David Matthews and Orlando Jopling. The programme also features two contrasting piano quintets, Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quintet
No. 1 in D minor, Op. 89
, and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34.

On 30 September, the trailblazing Chiaroscuro Quartet perform the summation of Haydn’s achievement as ’Father of the string quartet’, his String Quartet No. 2 in D minor, Op. 76, as well as Mozart’s tribute to Haydn’s genius, “The Spring Quartet”, and Schubert’s most famous quartet, “Death and the Maiden”.

Saturday 1 October sees The Alison Parkhouse Organ Scholars perform a free concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Parkhouse Organ Scholarships, a unique Tetbury institution dedicated to the memory of the inspiring musician Alison Parkhouse. Many of the scholarship’s 11 winners have gone on to build highly successful careers in music and performance. Celebrations continue later in the day as the festival’s first Artistic Director, Steven Isserlis CBE, returns to Tetbury to play works by Schumann, Shostakovich and Kabalevsky alongside Finnish pianist Olli Mustonen.

The festival closes on 2 October with the Choir of the Age of Enlightenment’s first ever solo performance at a festival. W.H. Harris’s anthem Faire is the Heaven provides the inspiration for a richly varied performance, exploring the theme of love through sacred song.

In addition to the schedule of performances, this year’s festival also sees the launch of a new lecture series. Crispin Woodhead, Chief Executive of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, explores the importance of Historically Informed Performance on 30 September. On 1 October, Stradivari’s Genius author Toby Faber examines the enduring mysteries of these wonderful instruments, including the very 1726 Stradivari cello to be played by Steven Isserlis later that evening. And on 2 October, the renowned musicians Matthew Trusler, Jennifer Stumm and Joan Rodgers CBE discuss the challenges and rewards of a life devoted to music. The panel discussion is led by BBC Radio 3’s Donald Macleod, who also presents a series of pre-concert interviews throughout the festival.

Speaking about the festival, Artistic Director Jonathan Cohen comments: “We are delighted to be bringing another outstanding group of musicians to Tetbury this autumn, with repertoire spanning five centuries. We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Festival and sharing this wonderful music with you.”

All the festival’s concerts take place at Tetbury Parish Church while the lectures are at Newnton House, Long Newnton. Tickets are available online from the festival website and from Tetbury Tourist Information Centre.

Tetbury Music Festival: 01666 503552 (for tickets) / GL8 8JG (Tetbury Parish Church) / GL8 8RW (Newnton House) /  tetburymusicfestival.org

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