New Paths Festival 2018

WARM-UP WEEK

Monday 2nd April

THE EASTER SING
Monday 3rd April 10:30am-5pm | Beverley Minster

Come and join singers from across Yorkshire and beyond in a day of celebratory Easter singing, led by the charismatic Joanna Tomlinson. Be put through your paces by one of the UK’s leading choral conductors, learn about how you use your voice, and enjoy singing in the stunning surroundings of Beverley Minster.

Repertoire will include choruses from Handel’s Messiah and music from Vaughan Williams and Wesley to gospel.

Held in memory of Alan Spedding and raising funds for the Alan Spedding Memorial Fund, funding bursaries for talented teenagers on the Oundle for Organists summer courses.

Invite your friends and family to the concluding performance at 4:00pm.

Free to sing (suggested donation £10); advance registration required.
Free to watch performance; just turn up.

Tuesday 3rd April

BABIES & TODDLERS: LISTEN UP!
Tuesday 3rd April 10:30am-11:30am | St Nicholas’ Church Swinemoor

Come and join the country’s finest musicians in a mid-morning concert designed especially for babies and toddlers – and their grown-ups! Enjoy the sounds of different instruments, see them up close, dance to their music, and join the merry mayhem of a New Paths pre-school concert. Hurry to reserve your place in good time; these events are always a sell-out.

Free; register in advance to be guaranteed a place.

Wednesday 4th April

BABIES & TODDLERS: LISTEN UP!
Wednesday 4th April 10:30am-11:30am | Toll Gavel United Church

Come and join the country’s finest musicians in a mid-morning concert designed especially for babies and toddlers – and their grown-ups! Enjoy the sounds of different instruments, see them up close, dance to their music, and join the merry mayhem of a New Paths pre-school concert. Hurry to reserve your place in good time; these events are always a sell-out.

Free; register in advance to be guaranteed a place.

SELBY ORGAN DAY
Wednesday 4th April 10:30am-4pm

New Paths ventures into North Yorkshire for an exciting day of organ events in the beautiful Selby Abbey, beginning with a workshop for young local pianists co-presented with the Royal College of Organists. This special day celebrates the recent restoration of the fine Hill organ in Selby Abbey, housed in its resplendent case by Gilbert Scott.

INTRODUCTION TO THE ORGAN
Wednesday 4th April 10:30am-12pm | Selby Abbey

Under the dynamic guidance of Nicholas Wearne, Junior Fellow at the world-renowned organ department of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, a dozen young local pianists are given the opportunity to try the organ for the first time. Nicholas will first demonstrate the newly-restored instrument of Selby Abbey to the students in an inspirational session, with specially-chosen ‘firework’ pieces. Oundle for Organists is generously offering a free place on their “Pulling Out the Stops” course for one student from this session.

Free; advance registration required to take part.

ORGAN RECITAL
Wednesday 4th April 12:30pm-1:30pm | Selby Abbey

Mendelssohn arr. Best: Overture to St Paul
Parry: Two Chorale Preludes from the 1916 collection
Bridge: Adagio in E
Grainger arr. Stockmeier: Clog Dance (‘Handel in the Strand’)
Elgar: Sonata in G

Concert organist Nicholas Wearne, known for his stylish and exhilarating performances, plays a programme designed to show off the qualities of one of the finest romantic instruments in Britain. The recital concludes with a flourish in Elgar’s Organ Sonata and skips along through Grainger’s jovial Clog Dance (‘Handel in the Strand’). 2018 is the 100th anniversary of Parry’s death, marked in the recital with two chorale preludes by the composer who is best known for his hymn ‘Dear Lord and Father of Mankind’ and coronation anthem ‘I was Glad’.

Nicholas Wearne organ

£8

ITALIAN LUNCH
Wednesday 4th April 1:30pm-2:30pm | Capri, Selby

Selby’s favourite Italian restaurant, Capri, opens especially to feed hungry organists and audience-members for lunch: £7.50 for a main and a drink.

Reserve a place; pay on the day to the restaurant.

ORGAN MASTERCLASS: PLANET BACH
Wednesday 4th April 2:30pm-4pm | Selby Abbey

JS Bach’s organ music is one of the glories of his colossal output. The great genius put much of what he accomplished down to hard work: “What I have achieved by industry and practice, anyone else with tolerable natural gift and ability can also achieve.” In this inspiring masterclass three talented students from Oundle for Organists are given the opportunity to study Bach’s great organ music with local man and international Bach expert John Scott Whiteley.

John Scott Whiteley tutor, Erin Cox organ student, George Gillow organ student, Jason Richards organ student

Free to observers; just turn up.

FRIENDS’ EVENT: LATE-NIGHT LUTE
Wednesday 4th April 8pm-10pm | secret location

Friends of New Paths are invited to this exclusive event which will be held at a secret location in the centre of Beverley. Come and hear one of the most renowned lutenists and theorbo players in the world, Matt Wadsworth – who featured in last year’s Contraband performances – in an intimate, informal, sociable setting. Featuring music by Dowland, Johnson, Kapsberger, and a new piece for solo theorbo called ‘The Miller’s Tale’ by Stephen Goss, this is a chance to meet other festival friends and share the excitement about the coming days.

Matt Wadsworth lute/theorbo

NEW PATHS FESTIVAL

Thursday 5th April

CHILDREN’S SINGING: CRESCENDO!
Thursday 5th April 10:30am-10:45am | Toll Gavel United Church

Come and hear the fruits of our children’s singing project in a short informal performance to kick-start the festival! Children from throughout the county have been working hard during the preceding two days under the inspirational baton of Joanna Tomlinson on a range of songs.

COFFEE CONCERT: STORIES AND SAGAS
Thursday 5th April 11am-12:15pm | Toll Gavel United Church

Finzi: Eclogue
Haydn: Scena di Berenice
Martin: Ballade
Clarke: The Seal Man
Weir: King Harald’s Saga
Martinů: La Revue de Cuisine

We’re starting the main festival earlier than ever before with a Coffee Concert in the comfortable surroundings of Toll Gavel United Church. Sagas are stories of ancient Nordic history, the first of our Viking references this week, but storytelling is also a fundamental human experience, and this programme presents an eclectic mix of tales and music. As part of our Finzi Day we begin with his Eclogue, full of nostalgically beautiful writing for piano and strings. King Harald’s Saga for unaccompanied soprano, written by Master of The Queen’s Music, Judith Weir, is perhaps the shortest opera in existence, lasting under ten minutes; it tells the epic story of the 1066 Norwegian invasion of England led by King Harald ‘Hardrada’. Our programme takes us on a voyage of legends, from mermen to goddesses, and concludes with Martinů’s witty jazz ballet La Revue de Cuisine.

Caroline MacPhie soprano, Carris Jones mezzo-soprano, Dan Watts flute, John Slack clarinet, Connie Tanner bassoon, Alex Caldon trumpet, Alexandra Caldon violin, Jamie Campbell violin, Fenella Humphreys violin, Eva Thorarinsdottir violin, Andrew Berridge viola, Simon Tandree viola, Cara Berridge cello, Torun Stavseng cello, Marianne Schofield double bass, Libby Burgess piano

LUNCH
Thursday 5th April 1pm-2pm | ERT House Café

Matt and his team at the ERT House Cafe serve a soup and sandwich lunch to festival-goers at £5 a head.

Reserve a place; pay on the day to the restaurant.

Philip Larkin, 1968, bromide print by Godfrey Argent (1937-2006) © National Portrait Gallery, London.

LARKIN’ ABOUT
Thursday 5th April 2pm-4pm | East Riding Theatre

Britten: Cabaret Songs
Watkins: Larkin Songs
Ravel: Sonata for violin and piano
Hyde: Larkin Settings
Finzi: Earth and Air and Rain

This celebration of one of Britain’s favourite and greatest post-war poets, who lived and worked down the road in Hull, combines musical settings of his poems with spoken verse (featuring cherished local actor Malcolm Tomlinson). Two of Larkin’s key influences, Auden and Hardy, also inspired great songs. The Finzi Day festivities run through this special concert with perhaps Finzi’s greatest song cycle, and contemporary settings of Larkin previously commissioned by the Finzi Friends. Larkin claimed “I can live a week without poetry but not a day without jazz”: also in the mix are jazz-infused works by Britten and Ravel.

Caroline MacPhie soprano, Carris Jones mezzo-soprano, Johnny Herford baritone, Fenella Humphreys violin, Libby Burgess piano, Malcom Tomlinson actor

AFTERNOON TEA
Thursday 5th April 4-5pm | The Tea Cosy

Come and join other festival-goers for a convivial afternoon tea in this popular Beverley cafe, at £5 a head for tea and a scone.

Reserve a place; pay on the day to the restaurant.

EVENSONG
Thursday 5th April 5pm-6pm | Beverley Minster

Finzi: Magnificat
Bednall: Nunc Dimittis
Burrell: Creator of the Stars of Night

We are thrilled to welcome the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge, to sing services during the festival, directed by Richard Pinel. Choral evensong is one of England’s richest heritages, and where better to experience this living tradition than the beautiful Minster? Our Finzi celebration day, sponsored by the Finzi Friends, is marked with a performance of Finzi’s stirring Magnificat, alongside which we hear David Bednall’s Nunc Dimittis, written for Finzi’s 60th anniversary. In anticipation of this evening’s world premiere by Diana Burrell, the anthem is Burrell’s Creator of the Stars of Night, written for the unusual combination of choir, organ pedals and cor anglais.

Free; just turn up.

SUPPER
Thursday 5th April 6:30pm-7:30pm | Carluccio’s

A chance to order your favourite dishes from Carluccio’s menu, whilst enjoying the festival buzz with fellow audience members. Conveniently located just across Saturday Market from St Mary’s Church for the evening concert.

Reserve a place; pay on the day to the restaurant.

FOOTSTEPS THROUGH THE SNOW
Thursday 5th April 8pm-9:45pm | St Mary’s Church

Sibelius: Six Songs Op 36
Burrell: **World Premiere**
Grieg: Six Songs Op 48
Grainger: Folksongs
Schubert: Trio in Eb

Our Viking theme is strongly represented in this programme, with evocative songs by Sibelius and Grieg, sung by renowned soprano Katherine Broderick. Both composers explore images from Scandinavia’s nature, and the theme of the lost love – and winter’s snow – turning to spring. We are honoured to have commissioned a world premiere from Diana Burrell in her 70th year, generously supported by the Finzi Friends. Written for the combination of mezzo-soprano, viola and piano – familiar from Brahms’ viola songs – her brand new songs present themes of folk music. Folk music was also at the heart of Percy Grainger’s work; he and Grieg met in London and shared a remarkable friendship and artistic affinity, particularly around folk music. We come full circle with Schubert’s late Eb major piano trio, one of the glories of the chamber music repertoire, the middle movement of which is based on a haunting Swedish folk song, and has been described as trudging ‘footsteps through the snow.’

Katherine Broderick soprano, Carris Jones mezzo-soprano, Eva Thorarinsdottir violin, Simon Tandree viola, Cara Berridge cello, Libby Burgess piano

£12

TRANSFIGURED NIGHT
Thursday 5th April 10pm-10:45pm | St John’s RC Church

Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht
Strauss: Befreit
Korngold: Gluckwünsch

Our first ever concert in the stillness of the Roman Catholic Church of St John of Beverley features the luscious sonority of a string sextet. The centrepiece of the programme is the extraordinary Verklärte Nacht by Schoenberg, a piece of high German Romanticism, heavily influenced by Brahms and Wagner, and by his new lovelorn status, and written within a year of this building’s opening. The piece was inspired by Richard Dehmel’s poem of the same name, whose texts have also inspired two of the great songs in the Lieder repertoire, Korngold’s melting Gluckwünsch and Strauss’ heartbreaking Befreit, sung by Katherine Broderick in a new arrangement for string sextet.

Katherine Broderick soprano, Alexandra Caldon violin, Jamie Campbell violin, Andrew Berridge viola, Simon Tandree viola, Cara Berridge cello, Torun Stavseng cello

£8

Friday 6th April

COFFEE CONCERT: VIKING VIRTUOSITY
Friday 6th April 11am-12:15pm | Toll Gavel United Church

Halvorsen: Passacaglia after Handel
Stenhammar: Efterskörd
Nielsen: Wind Quintet
Grieg: Violin Sonata in C minor

Four musical giants of the Nordic region provide the inspiration for this programme, ranging from the best-loved of Grieg’s violin sonatas, to Nielsen’s brooding Wind Quintet, from Stenhammar’s dreamy folk-influenced songs, to Halvorsen’s virtuosic arrangement for violin and viola of Handel’s timeless music.

Carris Jones mezzo-soprano, Dan Watts flute, James Turnbull oboe, John Slack clarinet, Fran Moore-Bridger horn, Connie Tanner bassoon, Fenella Humphreys violin, Eva Thorarinsdottir violin, Andrew Berridge viola, Libby Burgess piano

£8

SVENSKA!
Friday 5th April 11am-12:15pm | Toll Gavel United Church

Watch the choir of Jesus College, Cambridge, in an open rehearsal as they receive expert Swedish language coaching on Stenhammar’s beautiful part-song Vårnatt (Spring Night). The song hails spring as one who passes throughout the town, spreading “all that renews the world” – but implores spring to “forget not the withered leaves.” The choir will perform this gorgeous song at the Saturday night pre-ceilidh concert. Don’t be a badkruka; come along!

Free; just turn up.

THE HIDDEN PRIEST’S ROOM
Friday 6th April 1pm-3pm / 6pm-8pm | St Mary’s Church

The hidden Priest’s Room at St Mary’s is a cabinet of curiosities containing artefacts from throughout the church’s history, and will be open for viewing between these times. Amongst these lies the earliest Maiden’s Garland known to exist (c.1680), on which tonight’s ‘Maiden’s Garland’ concert is based. Come and explore this fascinating selection of objects!

Please note: the Priest’s Room is up a flight of steps. Photos of the Maiden’s Garland will also be displayed in the church.

FAMILY CONCERT: STORIES IN MUSIC
Friday 6th April 2pm-3pm | East Riding Theatre

Come and be swept up in musical tales of magic and fantasy, myth and legend: storytelling in music in many forms. Hear world-class players and singers up close in a programme especially designed for children aged 5-13. A great way to finish the school holidays!

Free; register in advance to be guaranteed a place.

AT SIXES AND SEVENS
Friday 6th April 3:30pm-4:30pm | Picture Gallery

Ravel: Introduction & Allegro
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves
Trad arr. Britten: Folksongs
Brahms: String Sextet No 1 in B flat

In a special collaboration with the East Riding Museums Service, this concert offers a rare opportunity to hear music in the historic red gallery of Beverley’s Art Gallery (and to see our artists playing beside the world’s largest cattle picture!). Ravel’s masterpiece of French chamber music – a septet for flute, clarinet, harp and strings – is contemporary with the building itself, whilst Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves, featuring recorder, is evocative of the pastoral scenes in the collection. Britten’s arrangements of folksongs for voice and harp were written late in life when he was unable to play on the piano himself, whereas Brahms’ String Sextet was written in his prime, the luscious sonorities matched by endless melodic invention. With only 80 seats available in this intimate space, we advise you to book early!

Carris Jones mezzo-soprano, Dan Watts flute, John Slack clarinet, Ian Wilson recorder, Eleanor Turner harp, Alexandra Caldon violin, Eva Thorarinsdottir violin, Andrew Berridge viola, Simon Tandree viola, Cara Berridge cello, Torun Stavseng cello, Marianne Schofield double bass

£8

TALK: COMPOSERS IN CONVERSATION
Friday 6th April 5:30pm-6:30pm | ERT House Café

Three composers featured in this year’s festival join us for a discussion of their life and work. We are honoured to have Diana Burrell writing especially for us in her 70th birthday year (world premiere, Thursday evening); Nicola LeFanu marked the same anniversary last year, whilst Cheryl Frances-Hoad is finding great success at the opposite end of her career (both have music performed in tonight’s concert). A fascinating insight into life as a composer, compered by Roger Mullis.

Free; just turn up.

Ophelia, 1851–2, painting by Sir John Everett Millais, Bt (1829–1896) © Tate, London.

A MAIDEN’S GARLAND
Friday 6th April 8pm-9:45pm | St Mary’s Church

LeFanu: A Travelling Spirit
Schumann: Kerner Lieder
Maconchy: Ophelia’s Song
Frances-Hoad: Shakespeare Songs
Schubert: Death and the Maiden Quartet

The hidden Priest’s Room at St Mary’s Church houses a number of artefacts from throughout the church’s history, amongst which lies the earliest Maiden’s Garland known to exist (c.1680). Maidens Garlands were a funerary memento, honouring with a virgin’s crown the young person who had died without a bridal crown. Carried before the coffin and then hung in church, their origin is thought perhaps to lie in Norse tradition. In response to this history, Schubert’s fiery and profound Death and the Maiden Quartet is partnered with Ophelia songs by Elizabeth Maconchy and Cheryl Frances-Hoad. Maconchy’s daughter Nicola LeFanu, for many years a Professor of Music at the University of York, writes for the unusual combination of soprano and treble recorder, while baritone Johnny Herford sings Schumann’s lesser-known but stunningly beautiful Kerner Lieder.

The Priest’s Room will be open 1pm-3pm and 6pm-8pm for viewing.

Caroline MacPhie soprano, Johnny Herford baritone, Ian Wilson recorder, Jamie Campbell violin, Fenella Humphreys violin, Simon Tandree viola, Cara Berridge cello, Libby Burgess piano

£12

COMPLINE
Friday 6th April 10pm-10:45pm | St Mary’s Church Chancel

The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge, sings the final church service of the day from the Christian tradition of canonical hours. This centuries-old completion of the working day takes place here by candlelight in the intimate and beautiful Chancel of St Mary’s Church. The service includes the much-loved setting of Ave Maria by Tudor composer Robert Parsons with its soaring Amen.

Free; just turn up.

Saturday 7th April

MUSICAL TAKEOVER OF BEVERLEY
9am-5pm

Follow Bertie Beaver, the town mascot, on our trail of musical events throughout Beverley. All events in this musical carnival are free and unreserved. Just turn up! Look out for surprise fringe performances too. Stamp cards will be available for the day; present a card stamped at more than 8 of these locations to receive a prize!

Image of Lewis Chessmen (AD 1150 – 1220) © the Trustees of the British Museum.

A JORVIK EVENSONG
Saturday 7th April 5pm-6pm | Beverley Minster

Bairstow: Let All Mortal Flesh
Jackson: Canticles in G
Moore: All Wisdom cometh from the Lord

A city dominated by Norse warrior kings, York also boasts a number of ‘musical monarchs’, so we pay tribute to the abundant musical heritage of York Minster in a service of music stemming from that magnificent place. The service is sung by the choir of Jesus College, Cambridge, and the congregation is joined by guests from York Minster (Yorkshire’s second finest Minster…!) and by ex-choristers from Beverley Minster.

Free; just turn up.

FESTIVAL CEILIDH
Saturday 7th April 7:30pm-10:30pm | Memorial Hall

Strip the willow! Saturday night is our musical party, blowing the lid off our folk theme – a big shindig for performers, audience, volunteers and the town of Beverley. A happy gathering that Norwegians would call folkefest (literally, ‘party people’).

The music begins at 7.30pm with an informally presented concert of folk- and dance-inspired music given by the New Paths artists, who include some outstanding folk musicians. The stunning programme ranges from energetic Argentinian tango, to haunting folksong of the British Isles, and traditional music from Scandinavia. Benjamin Rimmer’s recent Rise for harp and string quartet is dreamy and magical, whilst the top-hit toe-tapping Danish music Woodworks will have you itching to dance!

And so at 8.30pm we push back the chairs, get out the hay bales, and hand over to Triple Scotch, feted as the finest Ceilidh band in the UK, for two hours of solid barn dancing. Do-si-do!

Doors open at 6:45pm.

Pie and peas can be pre-booked for 7pm at a cost of £5: take a seat and make an evening of it.

The Memorial Hall will be operating a cash bar throughout the evening.

Carris Jones mezzo-soprano, Ian Wilson recorder, Alex Caldon trumpet, Eleanor Turner harp, Alexandra Caldon violin, Jamie Campbell violin, Fenella Humphreys violin, Andrew Berridge viola, Simon Tandree viola , Cara Berridge cello, Torun Stavseng cello, Libby Burgess piano

£15

Sunday 8th April

EUCHARIST
Sunday 8th April 10:30am-12pm | Beverley Minster

Fisher/Poyser: St Michael’s Mass
Brahms: Geistliches Lied

The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge, concludes its residency at the Minster by leading the Sunday morning worship. They will be joined by a brass consort of elite students from the East Riding Schools Music Service who will play pieces they have been working on during the festival with inspirational coach Alex Caldon.

Free; just turn up.

ORGAN RECITAL
Sunday 8th April 12:30pm-1:30pm | Beverley Minster

Trad: Swedish Folk Music
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E Minor BWV 548 (‘The Wedge’)
Bach: Dances from French Suite and Cello Suite
Idenstam: Improvisation on a painting by Monet
Idenstam: 3 pieces from the project Metal Angel

Gunnar Idenstam, concert organist, composer and folk musician, is known throughout the world for his virtuoso playing, stunning improvisations and untraditional and original take on organ music. We are very proud to welcome this world-class organist to Beverley for an extraordinary recital of Bach, Swedish folk, improvisation and Gunnar’s own composition.

£8

Gunnar Idenstam organ

SUNDAY ROAST
Sunday 8th April 1:30pm-2:30pm | The Monk’s Walk

Join us for our traditional Sunday Roast, in one of the oldest pubs in Beverley.

Reserve a place; pay on the day to the restaurant.

NOTES FROM THE ASYLUM
Sunday 8th April 2:30pm-3:15pm | East Riding Theatre

McNeff: Vivienne

Vivienne Haigh-Wood’s marriage to TS Eliot was disastrous but she made him as a poet. Premiered in 2013 by today’s performers Clare McCaldin and Libby Burgess, this piece of music theatre tells the story of Vivienne’s life – imagined in her own words – in a staged cycle of six songs. NcNeff’s music alludes to music hall (a favourite of both Eliots) and Andy Rashleigh’s dazzling lyrics are witty and poignant in turn.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Evening Standard

Clare McCaldin mezzo-soprano, Libby Burgess piano, Joe Austin director

£8

SONGS OF PRAISE
Sunday 8th April 4pm-5pm | St Mary’s Church

Schubert: Psalm 23
Howells: King David
Brahms: Four Serious Songs
Beethoven: Twelve Variations on ‘See, the conquering hero comes’
Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs

A beautiful programme for a Sunday afternoon, these pieces are variously Biblically-inspired. Songs by Schubert, Howells and Brahms are pitted against Beethoven’s joyous variations for cello and piano on the popular hymn tune we know as ‘Thine be the Glory’. Baritone Johnny Herford and Jesus College Choir conclude the musical feast with Vaughan Williams’ captivating Five Mystical Songs, in the rarely-heard version for piano and string quartet.

Carris Jones mezzo-soprano, Johnny Herford baritone, Oliver Hunt bass, Jamie Campbell violin, Fenella Humphreys violin, Andrew Berridge viola, Cara Berridge cello, Libby Burgess piano, Jesus College Choir

£8

THE RAGGLE-TAGGLE GYPSIES
Sunday 8th April 8pm-10pm | East Riding Theatre

Grieg: Holberg Suite
Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor
Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder
Mendelssohn: Octet

Our Viking journey reaches a starry conclusion with the appearance of Swedish-born mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus, former winner of Cardiff Singer of the World. We are thrilled to welcome Katarina to Beverley to sing Wagner’s stunning Wesendonck Lieder. The symphonic sweep of Brahms’ virtuosic G minor piano quartet ends wildly in gypsy dancing! Bookending these works are two pieces showcasing our wonderful string team: Grieg’s ever-popular Holberg Suite, and Mendelssohn’s glorious Octet, astonishingly composed when he was only sixteen years old.

Katarina Karnéus mezzo-soprano, Alexandra Caldon violin, Jamie Campbell violin, Lucy Curnow violin, Fenella Humphreys violin, Andrew Berridge viola, Simon Tandree viola, Cara Berridge cello, Torun Stavseng cello, Marianne Schofield double bass, Libby Burgess piano

£12