New Paths is delighted to team up with The University of Hull to offer its music students masterclass opportunities with New Paths performers. In this masterclasses, selected singers will have the chance to work on operatic performance.
Well-known to local audiences as an esteemed professor at the University of Hull, and to international audiences as a leading Shakespeare music scholar, Professor Christopher R Wilson here gives us an insight into Shakespeare in English Romantic Song, ahead of our Shakespeare Celebration at 3:30pm.
Local teenage musicians – the crème of the East Riding’s youth music – receive specialist coaching from resident baroque ensemble Contraband on the aesthetic and style of baroque music, and enjoy playing alongside them. An invaluable day of inspiration with this wonderful repertoire, from the people who live and breathe it.
Organist of the American Cathedral in Paris, multiple-prizewinning organ virtuoso Andrew Dewar presents an all-French programme, on Bridlington Priory's spectacular organ - acknowledged to be one of the largest and finest parish church organs in the country. The focal point of this programme is Olivier Messiaen, in the 25th anniversary of his death, and around his music we explore composers connected with him, from Dupré and Widor to Dukas' fantastical 'Sorcerer's Apprentice'.
‘Let the florid music praise’ - the opening line of Britten’s On This Island - opens our festival in appropriately celebratory fashion, sung by local-girl-turned-international-singer Claire Booth. Set in front of the great West door, with its carvings of the seasons, we hear Beethoven’s effervescent Spring Sonata and Messiaen’s Trois Mélodies. Brahms’ heartfelt and virtuosic Trio for Violin, Horn & Piano - by turns brooding and uplifting - closes this programme.
We are thrilled to host one of the very first performances of brand-new baroque group Contraband, founded and directed by one of the finest harpsichordists of his generation, Christopher Bucknall. Featuring a hand-picked selection of the best baroque players of Europe, and joining with New Paths singers, Contraband will present a reflective late-night concert of great Bach solo cantatas, in the atmospheric chancel of the Minster.
This timeturner of a programme travels backwards through life, from its final moments right through to childhood. Jonathan Dove’s rarely-performed gem The End, for tenor and chamber ensemble, is an atmospheric evocation of the end of life, while Brahms’ rich and passionate F minor sonata for clarinet and piano is written in the autumn of his years. Meanwhile, Poulenc’s cheeky Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano is full of youthful exuberance, and Richard Rodney Bennett’s Songs Before Sleep are delightful and humorous settings of familiar nursery rhyme texts.
Music lives in the very stones of this spectacular building, and this is a chance to explore it through music. Pieces have been chosen to reflect particular features of the Minster, and are performed by New Paths musicians in different areas of the building; festival organ students Asher Oliver, Ben Mills and Paul Greally provide processional music as we move from one space to another. Local expert on the building, and cherished son of the town, David Wilson acts as our tour-guide.
Join us for a glass of prosecco at this rush-hour concert of music inspired by Italy, the country described by Goethe as the ‘Promised Land’, and eternal source of inspiration for composers. All written by non-Italians, the programme ranges from Bach’s Italian Concerto to Liszt’s operatic Petrarch Sonnets and Mendelssohn’s Gondola Songs. Salute!
We are teaming up with Pizza Express in Beverley for a meal between Italian Hour and Under the Starry Skies. Sure to be a sociable occasion with other festival goers. Diners will be invited to pre-order any main course from the Pizza Express menu to ensure a prompt dinner service. Have a drink on us – each diner will receive one free drink!
In celebration of the stunning starry ceiling of St Mary’s, join us for a feast of magical nocturnes. Songs by Schumann and Brahms meet Schubert’s Auf dem Strom – for tenor, horn and piano – and Strauss’ very rare Notturno, the violin joining singer and piano as the voice of death. Night-time adventures with Debussy’s cello sonata, Schumann’s much-loved Fantasiestucke, and Strauss’ Nocturno for horn complete this stunning dream-filled programme. As pianist Graham Johnson writes, “It is only the greatest composers who can create the sound of starlight”.
Held in memory of Alan Spedding, this popular New Paths event is incorporated into the festival itself this year. Under the baton of outstanding choral director Oliver Walker, you can spend the morning working on Vivaldi’s joyous Gloria. Join with the massed choir of singers from throughout the region and beyond, and with stunning New Paths soloists Ildikó Allen and Helen Charlston, for the concluding performance in the Minster at 1:15pm (open to all).
Since its discovery, musicians and bohemians alike have been addicted to coffee! Turning the East Riding Theatre's House Café into Café Zimmermann, home of concerts and coffee for Telemann and Bach, we present Bach’s witty short secular Coffee Cantata. The stories of those unable to get through the day without coffee will ring bells for many! Sung in English.
Explore the beautiful Edwardian exhibition spaces of the Beverley Art Gallery, with particular reference to the paintings of famous local artist Fred Elwell, in advance of our ‘Inspired by Elwell’ concert at 4:30pm. Dr Gerardine Mulcahy-Parker, Curator of the Beverley Art Gallery, illuminates the works by Elwell in the collection of the gallery.
Beverley’s most famous son, prolific artist Fred Elwell (1870-1945), provides the inspiration for this concert, accompanied by projections of some of his images. Elgar’s poignant and nostalgic Piano Quintet, full of longing for a better time, was written in the shadow of the First World War and illuminates the age of Elwell. Elwell’s figurative subjects explore some of the most intimate and personal stages of life, and so are paired with Schumann’s ‘A Woman's Love and Life’. A richly romantic exploration of music and art.
Brand-new baroque group Contraband – featuring some of the finest players in Europe – continue their festival-within-a-festival with this ‘suitcase concert’. Our troubadours each arrive carrying a bag containing their most treasured pieces of music – some of the greatest Handel arias and Bach concerti of the repertoire – and present them to our festival audience. A "Come Dine with Me" of music, each player serving up his or her best, this is sure to be an unmissable Saturday night.
Superb recitalist Christian Wilson, organist at The Tower of London, presents this sparkling programme of music of the British Isles for St George's Day on the fine Snetzler organ of the Minster. Music of monarchs ranging from the music of Henry VIII to William Walton’s Orb and Sceptre, composed for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, is set alongside works of Byrd, Purcell and Bairstow. Reaching across the border to Scotland, we hear Mendelssohn’s popular Hebrides Overture, arranged for the King of Instruments. New Paths continues its festival tradition of commissioning new music: Alasdair Nicolson is one of Scotland's foremost composers and this is the world premiere of his first piece of organ music, co-commissioned with Sound Scotland.