Saturday 14 – Sunday 22 January 2017
We are delighted to announce our Festival programme for 2017
We begin with two days of impassioned Russian works, and finish with a weekend offering both early and late works by masters including Bartók and Beethoven. This year’s young quartet in residence are the Eusebius Quartet, already making a name for themselves on the UK chamber music scene. Marie Bitlloch, Brian O’Kane, Malin Broman, Ben Hancox and Tom Hankey are amongst the superb artists who return to the Wye Valley for this eighteenth annual festival. Each of the previous seventeen has provided music-making of international standing and moments of inspiration that only the unique festival residency atmosphere can ignite.
Directions and useful information about all our regular festival venues can be found here.
Saturday 14 January, St Briavels Church
3pm (doors open 2.30pm)
In our opening concert, and the first of our Russian weekend, two masterpieces by Shostakovich will frame a string quartet by his talented but overlooked contemporary, Weinberg.
Lawrence Power, violin; Annabelle Meare, violin; Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano
Weinberg String Quartet no. 6
Mathilde Milwidsky, violin; Tim Crawford, violin; Max Baillie, viola; James Barralet, cello
Shostakovich Piano Trio no. 2 in E minor
Tim Crawford, violin; Hannah Sloane, cello; Daniel Tong, piano
Sunday 15 January, Hellens Manor, Much Marcle
3pm (doors open 2.30pm)
The second of our Russian concerts promises fireworks, with a mighty piano quintet by Taneyev, dubbed ‘The Russian Brahms’, preceded by Prokofiev’s valedictory cello sonata and an autumnal viola sonata by Brahms himself.
Prokofiev Sonata for Cello and Piano in C, op. 119
Richard Lester, cello; Daniel Tong, piano
Brahms Sonata for Viola and Piano in F minor, op. 120 no. 1
Lawrence Power, viola; Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano
Taneyev Piano Quintet in G minor, op. 30
Lawrence Power, violin; Annabelle Meare, violin; Max Baillie, viola; Kate Gould, cello; Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano
Thursday 19 January, Treowen Manor
7.30pm (doors open 6.45pm)
Tonight is an opportunity to visit Treowen Manor, home of the festival musicians, for chamber music on a symphonic scale.
Fauré Piano Quintet in C minor, op. 115
Ben Hancox, violin; Tim Crawford, violin; Malin William-Olson, viola; Brian O’Kane, cello; Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano
Taneyev String Quintet in G, op. 14
Eusebius Quartet; Marie Bitlloch, cello
Tickets £25, including drinks and canapés from 7pm.
Saturday 21 January, Treowen Manor
11.00am – 5.30pm
Discovery Day, hosted by Stephen Walsh and Daniel Tong
This year’s Discovery Day, a full day of talks and performances at Treowen on Saturday 21st January, explores the first flowerings of great composers like Dvořák, Beethoven, Bartók and Debussy.
Beethoven Violin Sonata in D, op. 12 no. 1
Ben Hancox, violin; Daniel Tong, piano
Clare Presland, mezzo-soprano; Daniel Tong, piano
Dvořák Piano Trio in B flat, op. 21
Mathilde Milwidsky, violin; Marie Bitlloch, cello; Daniel Tong, piano
Tim Crawford, violin; Florence Cooke, violin; Tom Hankey, viola; Johannes Rostamo, cello
Bartók String Quartet no. 1
Malin Broman, violin; Mathilde Milwidsky, violin; Tom Hankey, viola; Johannes Rostamo, cello
This event is now sold out
Sunday 22 January, Bridges Centre, Monmouth
3.00pm (doors open 2.30pm)
Our festival finale features sublime late string quartets by Haydn, Bartók and Beethoven.
Haydn String Quartet fragment, op. 103
Florence Cooke, violin; Tim Crawford, violin; Tom Hankey, viola; Johannes Rostamo, cello
Bartók String Quartet no. 6
Tom Hankey, violin; Florence Cooke, violin; Malin William-Olson, viola; Brian O’Kane, cello
Beethoven String Quartet in A minor, op. 132