2018 Beverley Chamber Music Festival: 26th – 29th September

Welcome to the Beverley Chamber Music Festival 2018!

We are thrilled to be returning to St Mary’s, one of the most beautiful churches in the land, for the festival, which features this year four evening concerts, three daytime concerts, two children’s concerts, a talk, a masterclass and – just over the road – a convivial pizza supper. A number of free ‘pop-up’ events will also be added to the itinerary, ensuring there is something for everyone!

New Paths is honoured to have been entrusted with the running of the Beverley Chamber Music Festival, building on the excellent reputation the outgoing committee has nurtured. Pianists Martin Roscoe and Libby Burgess are now Co-Artistic Directors of the festival, and it is apt that they present a joyous programme of duets (Friday lunchtime) to launch this partnership, as well as performing together in a concert for the primary schools of Beverley (Wednesday morning).

Friday 28th September is St Wenceslas’ Day, the annual autumn celebration of the Czech patron saint, and so this year’s festival has a distinct Bohemian flavour, from Suk, Martinů and Janáček, to two of the great chamber works by Dvořák: his A major Piano Quintet (Martin Roscoe and the Doric Quartet, Thursday evening) and E flat major Piano Quartet (Libby Burgess with the Wieck Ensemble, Saturday evening).

The name New Paths is inspired by the musical friendship and collaboration between Schumann and Brahms (the former writing his famous ‘Neue Bahnen’ article to proclaim his younger colleague to the world), so we are pleased to feature both composers in our programme, and to explore other pairings of inspiration and friendship – Franck and Ysaÿe, and Bridge and Britten. Schumann encouraged Brahms, and Brahms in turn championed Dvořák – which brings us full circle to this year’s Bohemian celebrations, represented especially in our design by the Czech lion taking the place of the Beverley beaver!

Tickets are now on sale to the general public, available online, by phone, by post or in person.