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Its a milestone festival in lots of ways.

ANNIVERSARIES in round figures feature prominently in the latest classical music summer festivals to hit the region.

Next Friday sees the 10th anniversary of the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival, pioneered by the Gould Piano Trio and clarinettist Robert Plane at the town's St Andrew's Church.

The other anniversaries it celebrates include that of Ralph Vaughan Williams in the 50th year since his death and a performance of a ground-breaking work by French composer Olivier Messiaen, born 100 years ago this year.

The Goulds violinist Lucy Gould, cellist Alice Neary, pianist Benjamin Frith and Robert Plane, principal clarinettist of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, will be joined by several friends, including violinist Kanako Ito, viola player David Adams and cellist Martin Storey.

Since winning first prize at both the Premio Vittorio Gui in Florence and the inaugural Melbourne Chamber Music Competition, the Goulds have emerged as one of the finest of ensembles of their kind performing today.

Friday's festivities begin at 7.45pm with Beethoven's so-called Ghost Sonata, Op.70, No.1, followed by a Corbridge Festival commission from Benjamin Wallfisch of a work for piano trio and clarinet. The recital ends with Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D minor, Op.49.

Saturday opens with a family concert at 11.30am featuring Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. From 7.45pm the musicians gather for Strauss's Til Eulenspiegel einmal anders, Op.28, followed by the Vaughan Williams tribute the song cycle On Wenlock Edge, sung by Charles Daniels. Saturday's music concludes with a 10.15pm performance of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time.

Sunday includes, at 3pm, Charles Daniels and Benjamin Frith in a lieder recital featuring Schubert's Sommerreise. The festival winds up at 7.30pm with performances of pieces by Glinka, Mendelssohn and Schubert. Book at or tickets will be on sale at the door of St Andrew's on the weekend.



HIGHLY REGARDED - the Gould Piano trio with clarinettist robert pictured, second left. They will all be at the Corbridge event PICTURE: CHRIS STOCK
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 25, 2008
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