Russian musical treasures
Last year we celebrated Czech music, and this year we take a step further east, to Russia – home of some of the most wonderful music ever written. We explore the rich romance of Borodin and Rachmaninov, and profile Shostakovich in particular, whose powerful music and dangerous political story make him a richly colourful figure.
We are delighted to feature not one but two former winners of BBC Young Musician of Year: violinist Jennifer Pike and cellist Laura van der Heijden. The BBC connections continue with mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately, a former BBC New Generation Artist.
The festival features free talks from two leading speakers: Marina Frovola-Walker and Katy Hamilton, both of whom are speaking at the Proms this summer. A wonderful opportunity to discover more about the music on the programme.
For the first time the festival includes a late-night performance. In the stillness of St Mary’s, Martin Roscoe performs Beethoven’s sublime Moonlight Sonata and is joined by outstanding violist Sarah-Jane Bradley for a performance of Shostakovich’s last work, his profoundly spiritual Viola Sonata. Tickets for this atmospheric Friday night event start at £5.
Elgar’s ‘woodland magic’
We trace a journey through all three of Elgar’s great chamber works: his violin sonata, his piano quintet, and his string quartet, written 100 years ago during a period of recuperation in Sussex. All three works are imbued with a strong sense of the woodland surroundings – also an inspiration in the design of this year’s festival.
Kitty Whately’s programme of storytelling, folklore and love features the world premiere of a new work by American composer Juliana Hall: Godiva – mono-drama for mezzo-soprano and piano on a libretto by Caitlin Vincent.
Brodsky Quartet in residence
The Brodsky Quartet will be in residence for three days, collaborating with both Artistic Directors in two great piano quintets, as well as with cellist Laura van der Heijden in Schubert’s magnificent quintet.
East Riding Youth Orchestra
The founding fathers of both the Beverley Chamber Music Festival and New Paths Music came through the ranks of the East Riding Youth Orchestra, and so it is a joy to be showcasing this cherished local ensemble, at the end of a day’s workshop with New Paths artists.