Founded in 2000 by pianist Daniel Tong and violinist Fiona McNaught, the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival has grown into a truly important event in the cultural calendar of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, presenting chamber music concerts of the highest quality in intimate venues. It is now directed by Daniel Tong with fellow pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips.
Throughout its growth, Wye Valley Chamber Music has retained its unique character, founded on the passion of all those who are involved, from performers to the cooks and helpers, all of whom receive nothing for their time and energy other than the enormous pleasure of being involved in wonderful concerts and, of course, the sociable hospitality which the residency provides. It says everything that artists of international calibre want to return year-on-year.
“Some of the most special moments of my musical life have been spent at the Wye Valley Festival. The chance to spend time with great music and wonderful artists in private, and to hear masterpieces performed with such understanding and commitment, is priceless. The enormous amount of work that has gone into making Wye Valley Chamber Music flourish is always repaid with the pleasure and inspiration it gives to others, musicians and audience alike.”
Daniel Tong (artistic director)
Daniel Tong’s musical life is spent performing as soloist and chamber musician, as well as directing two chamber music festivals, teaching and occasionally writing. He has appeared at many of the foremost British venues, at festivals around Europe and is frequently heard on BBC Radio. He has recently released his first solo CD of works by Schubert for the Quartz label. His recordings with the London Bridge Ensemble have been warmly received, including a nomination for the Gramophone chamber music award. In 2015 the ensemble curate their own series at St John’s Smith Square in London, present their eighth annual festival in Winchester and release their latest disc, the two Dvořák piano quartets. His project ‘Music Discovery Live’, in collaboration with musicologist Richard Wigmore, delves into the inner workings of the great piano and chamber repertoire. Daniel has been invited to curate festivals of Elgar and Dvorák at Kings Place in London. In 2015 and beyond, Daniel is teaming up with violinist Krysia Osostowicz for Beethoven Plus. They will present the ten sonatas by Beethoven for violin and piano around the country, alongside ten new pieces. Each year Daniel collaborates with an array of wonderful and inspiring artists, not least in the Wye Valley, Winchester and on ‘Music Discovery Live’.
Simon Crawford-Phillips has established an unusually varied career as soloist, chamber musician, lieder accompanist and, most recently, as a conductor. Last season included concerts in North and South America, Singapore and throughout Europe with such artists as Anne Sofie von Otter, Daniel Hope, Lawrence Power and Truls Mørk, as well as festival appearances in Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Switzerland and the UK. This season Simon will be joining the Nash Ensemble for a series of concerts at Wigmore Hall, pianist Philip Moore for a residency in Perth, Scotland, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Soloists for a tour of Italy. Festival appearances include Verbier, Resonances, Savannah, West Cork, and ‘Change’ in Sweden. In 2014/15 Simon will be premiering a new piece by Steve Reich for two pianos and percussion at Carnegie Hall and throughout Europe. Simon is a founding member of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio; this year sees the release of two discs of Fauré chamber music for Naxos as well as performances in Italy, France, Finland, Sweden and England. In June 2010 Simon was elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. He has been co-director of the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival for the past six years.
of Wye Valley Chamber Music
Stephen Walsh, chairman