2018 Programme

Saturday 13th January, 3pm

St Briavels Church, St Briavels


Beethoven and Schumann are under the spell of JS Bach in this intriguing opening programme.  A terse early violin sonata and the famous middle period piano trio highlight Beethoven’s obsession with contrapuntal writing. In between times the ‘Ghost’ of the trio’s title is a visionary slow movement which points to the Romantic. Robert Schumann was increasingly influenced by Bach as his life unfolded and the G minor piano trio is one of his last great chamber works.


Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano in A minor, op.23

Daniel Tong, Sara Trickey

Beethoven Piano Trio in D, op. 70 no 1 ‘Ghost’

Kungsbacka Trio

Schumann Piano Trio in G minor, op.  110

Domonkos Csabay, Mathilde Milwidsky, Kate Gould

Tickets: £16, students £5

Sunday 14th January, 3pm

Bishop’s Palace, Hereford

Beethoven in a Viennese context, exemplified by his glorious A major cello Sonata, although even here the mysterious ghost of JS Bach is present. Schubert was Beethoven’s contemporary and, although not regarded as a comparable keyboard genius, his Adagio and Rondo Concertante illustrate a skill with virtuoso piano writing. Mahler’s teenage piano quartet movement, darkly brooding, makes way for Brahms’s irresistibly life-affirming C major trio.


Schubert Adagio and Rondo Concertante in F, D487

Domonkos Csabay, Sara Trickey, Kay Stephen, Jesper Svedberg

Beethoven Sonata for Cello and Piano in A, op. 69

Kate Gould, Daniel Tong

Mahler Piano Quartet movement

Domonkos Csabay, Sara Trickey, Kay Stephen, Jesper Svedberg

Brahms Piano Trio no.2 in C, op. 87

Kungsbacka Trio

Tickets: £16, students £5

Thursday 18th January, 7.30pm

Treowen Manor, Dingestow

This programme most directly explores the relationship between Schumann and JS Bach. The Canonic Etudes, rewarding works in their own right, illustrate Schumann’s polyphonic studies, whilst the ebullient piano quartet is rich in fugal and contrapuntal writing. Bach’s Art of Fugue is his final, unfinished masterpiece: the summation of a life’s work.


Schumann Piano Quartet in E flat, op. 47

Simon Crawford-Philips, Tim Crawford, Tom Dunn, Victoria Simonsen

Schumann Six Canonic Studies, op. 56

Simon Crawford-Philips, Tim Crawford, Tom Dunn

Bach from The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080

Matthew Truscott,  Florence Cooke,  Hannah Shaw,  Marie Bitlloch

Tickets: £25, including wine & canapés during the interval. Students, £5



Saturday 20th January,  Discovery Day

‘Mendelssohn and his Inspirations’

Treowen Manor, Dingestow **SOLD OUT**

11.30am – 6pm, with lunch and refreshments provided throughout the day. 

Mendelssohn was instrumental in a revival of Bach’s music in the mid-nineteenth century, most notably through his performing of the St Matthew Passion. But his musical influences were manifold and his A minor string quartet is an overt homage to Beethoven in the year of the master’s death. Mendelssohn’s sister, Fanny, was a crucial presence and inspiration throughout his short life and both siblings were close to the Schumann family, whose music they greatly admired. Hosted by Daniel Tong and Stephen Walsh, our Discovery Day day includes complete performances of:

Fanny Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor, op. 11

Daniel Tong, Mathilde Milwidsky, Marie Bitlloch

Schumann String Quartet no.2 in A, op.  41

Malin Broman, Mathilde Milwidsky, Hannah Shaw, Hannah Sloane

Beethoven String Quartet in F minor, op. 95

Matthew Truscott, Ben Hancox, Tom Dunn, Abby Hayward

Mendelssohn String Quartet in A minor, op. 13

Solem Quartet

Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor, op. 49

Daniel Tong, Ben Hancox, Abby Hayward

Bach From Partita for Solo Violin in D minor, BMV 1004



Malin Broman

Tickets: £60, including lunch and refreshments. Students £20

Sunday 21st January, 3pm

The Bridges Centre, Monmouth


What happens when great music is played by new instrumental combinations? Three famous masterpieces are presented in unfamiliar versions in this programme. Each piece has a different story: Dimitri Sitkovetsky arranged Bach’s Goldberg Variations, a keyboard work, for string trio in the late twentieth century. Beethoven himself re-scored his piano sonata for string quartet, and Brahms’s string quintet in F minor is an early version of a work that would later find its place, via a second version for two pianos, as his mighty piano quintet. 


Beethoven string quartet in F, op. 14 no 1

Florence Cooke, Tim Crawford, Hannah Shaw, Victoria Simonsen

Brahms String Quintet in F minor, op. 34

Solem Quartet, Marie Bitlloch

Bach (arr. Sitkovetsky) Goldberg Variations

Tim Crawford, Malin William-Olsson, Hannah Sloane

Tickets: £16, students £5


A festival ticket can be purchased for £65 which covers entry to all concerts, please note the Festival Ticket does not include Discovery Day

Tickets are available for purchase by Friends of WVCM from 9th November and to the general public from 24th November. Tickets can be purchased online here 

Alternatively you can contact us to book your tickets by email on info@wyevalleyfestival.com or by calling Jenny on 07891 697418.

Full details and directions to all our 2018 venues can be found  in the venues section of the website.