New Paths Music is thrilled to be presenting four concerts in beautiful St Mary’s Beverley this October.

New Paths’ Artistic Director Libby Burgess, and her Co-Artistic Director of the Beverley Chamber Music Festival, Martin Roscoe, take two concerts each, and bring with them some of their favourite musical colleagues.

Only a limited number of tickets are available, in order that we can fully and confidently comply with all social distancing advice. Naturally at the moment some of the trappings of concert attendance are not possible: we are sadly unable to offer refreshments, for example, or to mingle extensively as we chew over what we have just heard. However, in a year where live music has been decimated across the country, we are proud to be doing our utmost to present performances of the highest quality in the East Riding.

Owing to the limited capacity with social distancing, our ticket prices have to be higher than usual to make these concerts an economic possibility. New Paths Music remains profoundly committed to the sharing of music with all, regardless of means: if you are unable to join us on this occasion we’d like to point you towards our ongoing Postcards series – free, online performances – which can be found here.

Song through the Seasons

Thursday 29th October
12 noon-1pm

Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)
Libby Burgess (piano)

Fauré: L’horizon chimérique
McDowall: If I touched the Earth
Schumann: Dichterliebe

Marcus and Libby’s Winterreise at the 2019 Spring Festival was one of the most powerful performances of that festival. Here they turn to Schumann’s masterpiece of lost love, Dichterliebe, with its magical sense of redemption in the final bars. Preceding this are two short cycles: Fauré’s mellifluous L’horizon chimérique and Cecilia McDowall’s lyrical settings of Dylan Thomas, If I touched the Earth.

A Springtime Romance

Thursday 29th October
5pm-6pm

Tasmin Little (violin)
Martin Roscoe (piano)

Beethoven: Sonata for Violin & Piano No 5 in F, ‘Spring’
Beach: Romance
Franck: Sonata in A major for Violin & Piano

Tasmin and Martin have been duo partners for several decades and have given hugely popular performances in Beverley Chamber Music Festivals past. Tasmin was due to retire from performing this summer but owing to the pandemic has delayed this until December. We are honoured therefore to be hosting one of her final concerts, with a beautiful programme combining two great sonatas with Amy Beach’s less-known, stunning Romance.

The Viennese Piano

Friday 30th October
12 noon-1pm

Martin Roscoe (piano)

Haydn: Andante with Variations in F minor HobXVII/6
Mozart: Rondo in A minor K511
Schubert: 2 Impromptus D899 Nos 3 & 4
Beethoven: Sonata in A flat Op 110

In this solo programme, Martin celebrates Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year with the epic Sonata Op 110, full of the profound beauty and intricate energy of that composer’s late period. The sonata’s lyricism is set up with song-like works from Haydn, Mozart and Schubert, including the latter’s serene Impromptu in G flat major.

Four’s Company

Friday 30th October
5pm-6pm

Jamie Campbell (violin)
Andrew Berridge (viola)
Cara Berridge (cello)
Libby Burgess (piano)

Mozart: Piano Quartet No 2 in E flat K493
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat Op 47

A pair of sunny piano quartets close this mini festival, both in the uplifting key of E flat major. An elite collective of chamber musicians, familiar faces to our Spring Festival audience, return to Beverley for elegant and sparkling Mozart, and for romantic and effervescent Schumann.

Tickets

Tickets must be prebooked. Each concert ticket costs £25. If you wish to be seated together (i.e. are in the same household / support bubble) please purchase your tickets in one transaction.

Seating is allocated manually by New Paths, in order to maximise flexibility in accommodating bubble groupings. If you have preferences regarding where you sit, please click here to register your request after booking tickets.

All tickets bought online are fully and immediately refundable in the case of cancellation by New Paths (i.e. in the event that Covid-19 restrictions are increased and we are unable to go ahead).

Owing to limited resources at present we are not operating an in-person or postal box office. Please contact us through this contact form if you are facing difficulties obtaining tickets and we will be sure to help.

Covid-19 precautions

Attendance at these concerts is limited to 80, with appropriate distancing between household/support bubbles. A one-way system will be in place and hand sanitiser will be available.

Concerts will have no interval, and audience will be asked to leave promptly after each concert, guided by our stewards to minimise clogging up of the aisles.

Current advice is that masks should be worn by all audience members, unless for health reasons they are unable to.

We take our responsibility in preventing any possible transmission of Covid-19 seriously, and believe that by doing everything we can in this regard, we increase our chances of being able to go ahead with live music – for Oktoberfest, and for the future! Please rest assured that, despite the necessary measures, you will receive a very warm welcome. We very much look forward to seeing you.