Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Lewes Chamber Festival 2015

Now in its fourth year, the Lewes Chamber Music Festival has quickly gained a reputation for delivering exciting performances by some of the UK’s leading musicians, giving audiences the chance to discover new and less well-known works, alongside much-loved chamber pieces, all set within intimate venues around Lewes.

Beatrice Philips, Artistic Director
The Festival’s Artistic Director, Beatrice Philips, has this year pulled off quite a coup in attracting the world-renowned countertenor Iestyn Davies, who will be performing Elizabethan songs with Thomas Dunford (whom BBC Music Magazine dubbed 'the Eric Clapton of the Lute'). Davies’ rare appearance in a church venue in Lewes comes between international performances and his headline appearance at the upcoming Glyndebourne season.

Iestyn Davies
The Festival also features for the first time the London Haydn Quartet, one of the world’s leading period instrument string quartets. Other newcomers include brilliant young pianist Mishka Momen, and Swedish concert pianist Bengt Forsberg. Making a welcome returning to the festival are violinists Catherine Manson, Michael Gurevich, Tim Crawford and Tom Hankey; violists James Boyd and Timothy Ridout; cellists Philip Higham and Hannah Sloane; and pianist Tom Poster.

The London Haydn Quartet
The 2015 weekend festival of eight concerts – spread over mornings, lunchtimes, evenings and late night - is themed around the chamber music of Haydn, set alongside later composers such as Beethoven, Britten and Schoenberg. This year’s programme also features two living composers, Melanie Daiken, who studied with composer Olivier Messaein in Paris, and the award-winning Edmund Finnis.

Signalling its growing importance, the Lewes Chamber Music Festival has this year attracted the support of the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust, which helps young people attend world-class chamber music. Their support makes tickets to most of the concerts completely free for those under 26 years old.

The Festival also continues to mix professional musicians of international repute with those at the start of their career – this year bringing younger students from Music Works, who are tutored by musicians featured in the Festival, performing the demanding Schoenberg Quartet No 1.

To complement these performances, musician-turned-chef Sheba Anvari from Local Sauce is providing a delicious two-course meal as part of the opening night celebrations for the late night concert.

The Festival’s Artistic Director, Beatrice Philips, said: 

'I am proud that our Festival offers audiences the rare opportunity to hear both much-loved and also more unusual music performed at such a high level outside the big venues in the UK. The intimate festival atmosphere makes it an unmissable weekend of concerts for music-lovers.'

'This year, I have focused the Festival on the music of Joseph Haydn and his extraordinary output of chamber music. By putting Haydn's music in almost all of the concerts, and alongside Schumann, Beethoven (early and late), Tchaikovsky, Britten and even Schoenberg - we see just how varied, versatile and relevant his music is. Hearing this music played on period instruments by the London Haydn Quartet should be quite a revelation to audiences.'

'I am also thrilled to be welcoming Iestyn Davies and Thomas Dunford to perform a programme entitled 'The Art of Melancholy' at All Saints Centre late on Saturday night.  Iestyn is singing at Glyndebourne this summer, and so the chance for a local audience to also hear him in such an intimate setting is quite special.'

'All in all a fantastic line-up with amazing music and delicious food - and tickets for under 26 year-olds are free of charge thanks to our support from the Cavatina trust.'

Tickets cost just £12-£14, with an all-concert pass at less than £100, and can this year be bought online hereby email, by tel 01273 479865 or in person from Lewes Travel.

The main Festival venue will be the recently refurbished St John sub Castro church in Lewes, with additional concerts at the beautiful Westgate Chapel, and for the first time the All Saints Centre, plus one at the delightful St Peter's Church in the nearby village of Firle.

Friday 12th June

Bengt Forsberg
Opening Concert - St John sub Castro, 6.30pm
Tickets include a glass of wine
Haydn Piano Trio in D minor, Hob.XV:23, No. 37
Bengt Forsberg (piano) 
Catherine Manson (violin) 
Hannah Sloane (cello)
Tchaikovsky String Quartet in F, No. 2
Michael Gurevich and Beatrice Philips (violins)
Tim Ridout (viola) 
Pierre Doumenge (cello)
Schumann Studies in Canon Form, Op. 56
Tom Hankey (violin) 
Philip Higham (cello) 
Bengt Forsberg (piano) 
Beethoven Piano Trio in G major, Op. 1 No. 2
Tim Crawford (violin) 
Philip Highham (cello) 
Mishka Momen (piano) 

Timothy Ridout
Late Night Supper Concert - Westgate Chapel, 10pm
Supper served from 8.45pm
Sergei Taneyev String Quintet in C No .2, Op. 16
Tim Crawford and Beatrice Philips (violins) 
James Boyd and Timothy Ridout (violas) 
Hannah Sloane (cello).

Saturday 13th June

Firle Concert - St Peter’s, Firle, 11.30am
Coffee free from 10.30am
Haydn Duo for Violin and Viola in F
Edmund Finnis Brother for Violin and Viola
Beethoven String Quintet in C major, Op. 29 
Catherine Manson, Beatrice Philips and Tim Crawford (violins)
Tom Hankey & Timothy Ridout (violas) 
Hannah Sloane (cello).

London Haydn Quartet – Evening Concert - St John sub Castro, 6pm
Tickets include a glass of wine
Haydn Piano Trio in B flat major, Hob.XV:20, No. 34
Haydn String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 55 No. 3
Beethoven String Quartet in F major, Op. 135 

Thomas Dunford

Elizabethan Songs – Late Night Concert – All Saints Centre, 9.45pm
Tickets for this recital include a glass of wine before the performance.
Iestyn Davies (countertenor) 
Thomas Dunford (lute) 
(Please note this concert is not part of the Cavatina free U26s ticket scheme.)

Sunday 14th June

Philip Higham
Coffee Concert – All Saints Centre, 11am
Free coffee from 10.30 am
Haydn String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2
Britten Cello Suite No. 2, Op. 80
Beatrice Philips and Tim Crawford (violins)
Timothy Ridout (viola)
Philip Higham and Hannah Sloane (cellos).

Mishka Momen
Afternoon Concert – All Saints Centre, 2.30pm
Haydn Piano Trio in E flat major, Hob.XV:22, No. 36
Melanie Daiken Sonata for Viola and Piano
Schoenberg String Quartet No. 1
James Boyd (viola)
Mishka Momen (piano) 
Students from Music Works chamber courses
Catherine Manson (violin).

Finale – St John sub Castro, 7pm
CPE Bach Quartet for piano and strings in D major, WQ94
Catoire Piano Quintet in G, Op. 28
Schumann Waldszenen, Op. 82
Schumann Piano Quartet in E flat, Op. 47
Bengt Forsberg, Mishka Momen & Tom Poster (piano)
Michael Gurevich, Tom Hankey, Beatrice Philips (violins) 
Timothy Ridout & James Boyd (viola)
Pierre Doumenge (cello).

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