Beverley Chamber Music Festival 2018: Events

Wednesday 26th September | 10.30am – 11.30am

Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux

Co-Artistic Directors Martin Roscoe and Libby Burgess give a performance of Saint-Saëns’ ever-popular Carnival of the Animals, for children from local primary schools.

Libby Burgess & Martin Roscoe piano duet

Free (only open to pupils and staff of the participating primary schools)

Wednesday 26th September | 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Janáček: Violin Sonata
Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor Op. 105
Ysaÿe: Sonata for Solo Violin Op. 27 No. 2, ‘Jacques Thibaud’
Franck: Violin Sonata in A major

Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman is one of the most compelling and exciting performers in the world, and we are honoured that she and Martin Roscoe open this year’s festival in a stunning programme of war and peace. Janáček’s dark 1914 sonata launches our Czech theme, and is paired with Schumann’s romantically churning A minor sonata. Eugene Ysaÿe – known as ‘The King of the Violin’ – was inspired by the music of Bach to write six sonatas for unaccompanied violin, each dedicated to a different violinist: the Thibaud sonata prominently features the Dies Irae plainchant from the Catholic Mass for the Dead. Of the many works written for Ysaÿe to perform, Franck’s Sonata is amongst the most popular; this sunny and virtuosic work ends gloriously in an ecstatic canon of wedding bells.

Liza Ferschtman
Martin Roscoe

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Thursday 27th September | 1pm – 2pm

Bach: Sonata No. 2 in D major BWV 1028
Martinů: Variations on a Slovak Theme H378
Brahms: Sonata in E minor Op. 38

This programme is bookended with Bach, in his own sublime D major Gamba sonata, and in Brahms’ brooding, vigorously contrapuntal E minor sonata which (like the Ysaÿe yesterday) was heavily influenced by Bach. In the middle of these works is the Czech composer Martinů’s dance-inspired Variations on a Slovak Theme, that theme being the folksong ‘Ked bych ja vedela’ – ‘If I Only Knew…’. Cherished by the festival audience, this is sure to be a very welcome return of illustrious cellist Moray Welsh with Martin Roscoe.

Moray Welsh cello
Martin Roscoe piano

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Thursday 27th September | 4.30pm – 5.30pm

New Paths is delighted to offer masterclass opportunities to young musicians in the area. In this masterclass, a handful of students will receive public coaching and advice from festival artists. A fascinating insight into the work that goes into preparing music for performance.

Free (just turn up!)

Thursday 27th September | 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Bartók: String Quartet No. 5
Haydn: String Quartet Op. 33 No. 1
Dvořák: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major Op. 81

The Doric String Quartet have firmly established themselves as the leading British string quartet of their generation and we are delighted to welcome them to Beverley for two concerts this week. They begin their spell at the festival with Bartók’s haunting fifth quartet – in which his ‘Night Music’ style conjures up the sound of the Hungarian countryside in the evening with bugs, birds, and things that croak! The nucleus of this epic work is a lively Bulgarian folk dance. Czech folk music features prominently in Dvořák’s exuberant Piano Quintet No. 2 – one of the glories of the genre – which ranges from the expressive Dumka to the virtuosic Furiant. Between the Bartók and Dvořák we hear the first of Haydn’s suave Op. 33 ‘Russian’ Quartets.

Doric String Quartet
Martin Roscoe

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Bohemian Babies!
Friday 28th September | 10am – 10.45am

New Paths’ concerts for babies and toddlers have become a popular fixture in the Beverley calendar! Come and hear music presented especially for little ones and their grown-ups: dancing, crying and feeding all welcome. The ‘menu’ for this morning of music will include some stirring and soothing Czech music so that our youngest audience can join in the festival’s Bohemian celebrations

Free: click here to register a place

Friday 28th September | 1pm – 2pm

Mozart: Sonata in D major K381
Schubert: Fantasia in F minor D940
Debussy: Petite Suite
Hedges: Four Concert Duos
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances (selection)

The two Artistic Directors of the Beverley Chamber Music Festival join forces for a recital of piano duets. From the iridescent beauty of Mozart and profundity of Schubert to the stamping energy of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, this is a true potpourri of repertoire. Local composer Anthony Hedges features, while 2018 marks one hundred years since the death of Debussy, acknowledged here in his popular Petite Suite.

Libby Burgess & Martin Roscoe piano duet

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Friday 28th September | 5pm – 6pm | St Mary’s Church Hall

The festival spans works from very early to very late in Benjamin Britten’s life. Recognised not just as one of the great British composers of the twentieth century, but of all time, Britten was an extraordinary artist and craftsman. A child prodigy, an internationally reputed composer and performer, and a fascinating troubled individual, there is much to explore as we put tonight’s programme in context. There is no more appropriate time to discover Britten than against the background of a festival: his founding of the Aldeburgh Festival in 1948 exemplified his belief that music should be available to all, with some of the 20th century’s greatest musicians joining him in halls and churches in the small Suffolk town he had made his home.

We are honoured to welcome distinguished musician Colin Matthews OBE to the festival for an interview about his experience of working as Britten’s amanuensis and assistant towards the end of his life.

Interviewer to be announced.

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Friday 28th September | 6.15pm – 7.15pm | Pizza Express

Join other festival-goers for an appropriately Italian-themed meal before tonight’s La Serenissima performance. Beverley’s Pizza Express is one of the most musical around, with wall art featuring the Minster’s musical minstrel carvings. Pay on the night directly to the restaurant.

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Friday 28th September | 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Haydn: String Quartet Op. 33 No. 5
Britten: String Quartet No. 3
Schubert: String Quartet in G major D887

The Dorics continue their survey of Haydn Op. 33 from last night, this time with the characterful G major quartet, nicknamed ‘How do you do?’, for the elegant four-note theme which recurs. The two great late string quartets featured in the programme are by Schubert and Britten, often considered like-minded composers despite the century between them. Britten’s third quartet was his last completed major work, written during his final illness, and completed during his last visit to Venice, while Schubert’s epic, gripping G major quartet was written towards the end of his life and published only posthumously. The quartet’s recording of this masterpiece on the Chandos label has been cited as one of the best releases of 2017.

Doric String Quartet

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Saturday 29th September | 11am – 12.15pm

Beethoven: Clarinet Trio Op. 11
Dvořák: Four Songs (‘In Folk Tone’) Op. 73
Suk: Ballade & Serenade Op. 3
Mahler: Rückert-Lieder

As Saturday Market bustles outside, come in for a celebration of Bohemian music. Beethoven’s frothy early Clarinet Trio was written for the Bohemian clarinetist Joseph Beer. Mahler was born in Prague, and to sing his sublime Rückert-Lieder we welcome award-winning mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons. Czech songs by Dvořák and charming cello miniatures by Suk complete this coffee concert programme.

Marta Fontanals-Simmons mezzo-soprano
Tim Lowe cello
John Slack clarinet
Libby Burgess piano

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Saturday 29th September | 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor K478
Britten: Phantasy Oboe Quartet Op. 2
Bridge: Phantasy Piano Quartet in F sharp minor
Dvořák: Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat Op. 87

Mozart’s tempestuous G minor piano quartet opens this concert, given by Libby Burgess’ Wieck Ensemble. Following yesterday’s exploration of late Britten, here we turn to one of his early works, the gritty Phantasy Oboe Quartet, and mirror it with the elegiac Phantasy Quartet for piano and strings by his teacher, Frank Bridge. To close the festival we return to perhaps the best-loved of all Czech composers, Dvořák, and follow the Piano Quintet in A major of Thursday night with his joyful and beautiful Piano Quartet in E flat major.

Wieck Ensemble:
Maria Wloszczowska violin
Simon Tandree viola
Tim Lowe cello
James Turnbull oboe
Libby Burgess piano

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