In 2022 the festival will be back at Whittington, with seven concerts over four days, from May 19th to 22nd, with the theme of ‘Transcending Borders’. We’re keeping chamber music at the heart of the festival but, in order to reach a wider audience, jazz and song as well as a family concert are added to the mix.
We’re delighted that the celebrated tenor, Mark Padmore, will sing two song cycles: Schwanengesang by Schubert and Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge. 2022 is the 150th anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ birth and also marks our 10th anniversary. Full details of the musicians and the programme will appear on the website very soon.
Jeremy Sams, whose trio for alto flute, piccolo and cello received an acclaimed first performance in our festival in May, will be Composer in Residence
Thursday May 19th
Early evening 6 p.m. (45 minutes)
Sponsored by the RVW TrustProkofievOverture on Hebrew Themes Op. 34 for clarinet, piano and string quartetRebecca ClarkePassacaglia for viola and pianoTiger, tiger for tenor and pianoMorpheus for viola and pianoLethe for tenor and pianoI’ll bid my Heart be Still for viola and pianoThe Seal Man for tenor and piano
Main concert 7:45 p.m.Zoe and Idris Rahman (jazz piano and clarinet respectively) to play a selection from Zoe’s albums:DreamlandWhere Rivers MeetMelting PotKindred SpiritsIntervalBrahmsPiano Quartet number 1, Op. 25 in G minor
Friday May 20th
Early evening 6 p.m. (45 minutes)BachSonata for Viola da Gamba in G minor, BWV 1029 (viola and piano)DebussySonate (violin and piano)RavelPièce en forme d’ Habanera for violin and pianoDebussySonata for cello and pianoAnon.Song of the Birds (arr. A Pleeth for violin and cello)
Main concert 7:45 p.m.SchubertSonata in A minor for violin and piano D. 385String Trio movement in Bb major D. 471Notturno D.897 for violin, cello and pianoIntervalSchubertSchwanengesang for tenor and piano
Saturday May 21st
Masterclass 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Public masterclass with festival musicians
Family concert 5 p.m.
Sponsored by the RVW TrustPerformance of masterclass repertoire by participants (tbc)WillaumeLa Noce Bretonne for violinGranadosDanza Andaluza (piano)AlbenizTango Op. 165 (arr. viola and piano)Alan RidoutFerdinand the Bull for violin and narratorSchubertShepherd on the Rock D965 for soprano, clarinet and piano
Main Concert 7:45 p.m.
Sponsored by the RVW TrustJeremy SamsNew work for flute, harp, cello/voiceDebussySonate for flute, viola and harpBizetAdieux de l’Hôtesse Arabe for soprano and pianoManuel de FallaSiete Canciones Populares Españolas/Suite Populaire Espagnole in a special arrangementIntervalChaussonConcerto Op. 21 for violin, piano and string quartet
Sunday May 22nd
Main concert 3:30 p.m. (no interval)
Jointly sponsored by Mrs Anthea Davie and the Vaughan Williams Charitable TrustDebussyPremière Rhapsodie for clarinet and pianoVaughan WilliamsOn Wenlock Edge for tenor, string quartet and pianoRavelTzigane for violin and pianoRavelIntroduction and Allegro for flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet
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