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Beverley Chamber Music Festival 2022

Highlights

Things to look out for on the programme:

Party!

We celebrate the 30th Beverley Chamber Music Festival in style, with a lavish line-up including rarely performed masterpieces and hidden gems.

Two pianos

On Saturday we showcase music for two pianos: Martin Roscoe & Peter Donohoe give a coffee concert of classics, and the festival closes with Bartok’s firecracker Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion.

Two quartets

World-renowned Maxwell Quartet and emerging ensemble the Salomé Quartet join forces for Mendelssohn’s exhilarating Octet. The Maxwells’ residency features late Haydn, folk, Purcell and more.

Roscoe at 70

In this his 70th birthday year we pay tribute to Martin Roscoe who has been at the helm of BCMF since the start. Hear the great pianist in three different performances at the festival.

Anniversaries

We celebrate the 350th anniversary of Heinrich Schütz with an afternoon baroque concert in Beverley Minster’s exquisite Quire.  Vaughan Williams’ haunting On Wenlock Edge marks his own 150th anniversary.

Bach at dawn & dusk

Start and end your day in the company of Bach and our two co-artistic directors: Libby Burgess begins each day with The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I (published 300 years ago) and Martin Roscoe gives a late-night performance of the Goldberg Variations.

Living music

We present the premieres of David Matthews’ String Quartet No 16 and Richard Allain’s charming set of songs Five Short Musings, plus works by Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Sally Beamish.

Postcards in person

Stars from the first season of our Postcards films appear in person: soprano Aoife Miskelly performs Poulenc’s great cycle Tel jour telle nuit and baritone Johnny Herford sings songs by Ravel and Trimble.

Word

Talks from celebrated speakers illuminate aspects of the festival: Katy Hamilton unpicks the more unusual repertoire and composer David Matthews is interviewed by Lucy Walker. Texts set to music include Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan, and two poets a century apart inspired by their wives: Paul Éluard and Neale Edwards.