FESTIVAL LINE-UP TO STRIKE A CHORD WITH MUSIC LOVERS.
Corbridge Chamber Music Festival, now firmly established on the classical calendar, takes place from August 12-14 with a series of concerts in St Andrew's Church.
The brainchild of Lucy Gould and her husband Robert Plane, violinist and clarinettist respecitvely, the festival brings great music to a great location each summer.
Not surprisingly, it has established a loyal following.
With under 16s benefiting from free admission to all the concerts, it has also done its bit for building the classical music audiences of the future.
The opening concert on Friday, August 12, features work by Brahms and Dvorak but also the world premiere of Piano Trio No 2, 'Eidfjord', by musician and composer Simon Rowland-Jones.
The title will strike a chord with anyone who knows Norway. It is both a village - and major cruise ship port of call - and a municipality. The composer will give a short introduction to the piece before the 7.30pm concert.
A busy Saturday - August 13 - begins with an 11.15am concert, Matinee Francaise, with a select of pieces by French composers Poulenc and Saint-Saens.
Coffee and croissants will be served from 10.45am.
At 3pm there will be a masterclass by pianist Benjamin Frith for talented young piano students.
The 7.30pm concert will feature Charles Villiers Stanford's Fantasy No 1 for clarinet and strings, the Piano Quartet in A minor by Herbert Howells and Beethoven's Septet, opus 20.
And that's not all. Rounding things off will be a Candlelit Concert at 10pm dedicated to Quatour pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time).
This is the piece written by French composer Olivier Messiaen when he was a prisoner of the Germans in the Second World War.
It was premiered in 1941 - by prisoners playing decrepit instruments outdoors in the rain - in Stalag VIII-A in front of a 400-strong audience of prisoners and guards.
You will be able to appreciate it here in much more comfortable circumstances.
The Sunday - August 14 - begins with a 10.30am Festival Service: Mozart, Schubert and Tavener performed by the Corbridge Festival Singers and Festival Musicians. The preacher will be Bishop Stephen Pedley and the organist will be Marcus Wibberley.
Inspired by Shakespeare, at 3pm, will feature pieces by Schumann, Prokofiev, Korngold and Beethoven.
In Face the Music, at 6.30pm, author and music critic David Cairns will introduce the Schubert Octet, with excerpts played by festival musicians.
This, along with Rossini's Duo for cello and bass and the Brahms Horn Trio, opus 40, will feature in the 7.30pm Festival Finale.
This feast of music will be directed by Martin Neary. The other musicians heading for Corbridge are David Adams (violin and viola), Lowri Porter (violin), David Stark (double bass), Amy Harman (bassoon) and Katy Woolley (horn).
Tickets from the Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham (tel 01434 652 477 or www.queenshall.
co.uk) or Forum Books, Corbridge. For details visit www.corbridgefestival.co.uk
The Gould Piano Trio
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|Publication:||The Journal (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Jul 26, 2016|
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