“In all the years I’ve lived here, this has been one of the outstanding musical ventures, given by a group of very brilliant and distinguished artists. I relished the chance of hearing their different programmes and individual skills”.
Denise Critchley, audience member
The third Festival of chamber music and song as ever featured masterpieces of the repertoire alongside less familiar but equally rewarding compositions. Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann rubbed shoulders with Bartók and Martinů and there was also a Romantic string quartet by Bridge, from whom the Ensemble takes its name.
As well as concerts at the Discovery Centre, we held our first late evening concert at the lovely St Lawrence Church. There was a small exhibition, an event for families, work with schools and a masterclass featuring some budding young performers.
ALL DATES BELOW REFER TO 2010.
Tuesday 6 – Sunday 25 April
Photographic exhibition to complement the music programme. Pictures by local resident and Festival volunteer, Bruce Edwards.
Friday 23 April 12.15pm
Local school children from Stanmore and St Bede in an informal public sharing of work they created especially for the Festival, facilitated by animateurs Sam Glazer and Jack Ross.
Friday 23 April, 7.30pm
Bridge: Phantasie String Quartet in F minor
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano in F, op. 5 no 1
Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, op. 114
Saturday 24 April, 11.30am
Mozart: Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E flat, K.498 “Kegelstatt”
Bartók: Duos (selection) for 2 violins
Haydn: String Quartet op. 20 no 2
Saturday 24 April Masterclass, 2.00 – 4.30pm
Now established as a regular highlight, where the Ensemble coached some outstanding young musicians.
Saturday 24 April, 7.00pm
Martinů: Three Madrigals for violin and viola
Schumann: Liederkreis, op. 24
Dvořák: Piano Trio in F minor, op. 65
Saturday 24 April 9.45pm, St Lawrence Church
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, op. 115
Sunday 25 April Family Event, 11am – 1pm including break
Participants (aged 8+) worked with animateur Sam Glazer to create and perform their own compositions.
Promoted by the Discovery Centre in association with the Festival
Sunday 25 April, 4.30pm
Bartók: Contrasts for clarinet, violin and piano
Fauré: La Bonne Chanson, op. 61
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, op. 34