Summer Residency

About the Summer Residency: The next generation of Wye Valley Chamber Music artists!

The Summer Residency – held for the first time in July 2015 – takes the tradition of music making fostered at the January Festival and seeks to pass this on to a new generation of chamber musicians. A combination of coaching, rehearsal and performance, the Residency offers emerging ensembles the chance to learn from and play alongside experienced tutors, culminating in public concerts. This approach aims to bridge the gap between academic study and the professional music world, offering young musicians not only master classes, but a platform for public performance in a festival atmosphere. The Residency is based at Treowen Manor, near Monmouth. Having been the home of the festival for several years now, it provides the perfect setting for our latest venture.

Applications are now open for our 2017 residency, and details can be found on our information page.  Naoko Senda of the Klee Quartet, one of our 2016 participants, had this to say about the residency:

The residency week at the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival was an unforgettable experience for us. The warm atmosphere of the festival, initiated by everyone there, made it an ideal place to make chamber music; it was especially touching to see everyone participating equally, sharing the beautiful music and environment together. 

Coachings and workshops were given every day, every tutor there was open and generous to share their understanding and experiences with us, to show us beautiful things in the music which were often very personal. We were encouraged to explore different perspectives of music-making, the more logical compositional and the more intimate ideas about life to make each performance, whether in concert or rehearsal, a fresh and inspiring experience for both performer and audience alike. 

We are very grateful to have been able to be part of this unique festival and are sure that what we learnt there together will have make big difference to our quartet developments in the future. We would love to come back again!

Below are details of the concerts from our 2016 residency, to give you a flavour of the performance elements. Concerts for the 2017 Summer Residency will take place on Tuesday 4th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July.

Summer Residency 2016 Concerts

Tutors Concert

Tuesday 19 July, 7pm

Treowen Manor, Monmouth


Marie Bitlloch, cello (Elias Quartet)

William Coleman, viola (Kuss Quartet)

Michael Gurevich, violin (London Haydn Quartet)

Daniel Tong, piano (London Bridge Trio and WVCM Festival Director)

Our tutors spend their lives playing chamber music, often in their established string quartets and trios. Here they join together in new combinations to play a programme bookended by youthful and late trios by Schubert. In between come Beethoven’s stormy A minor violin sonata and Schumann’s set of Fairy Tales, one of his last completed works.

Schubert String Trio movement in B flat, D471

Beethoven Violin Sonata in A minor, op. 23

Schumann Märchenbilder, op. 113

Schubert Piano Trio in E flat, D929

Tickets £20

Treowen Manor, home of the Summer Residency

Treowen Manor, home of the Summer Residency


Open House

Saturday 23 July, 11.30am-5.30pm

Treowen Manor, Nr Monmouth


Introducing our international young artists, who this year include the Klee Quartet (Japan), Birgersson/Bäckström Duo (Sweden), Cygnus Trio and Ernö Quartet (UK).  A morning of masterclasses, followed by an afternoon of music, to include performances of:

Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor, op. 49

Schumann Piano Trio in D minor, op. 63

Kurtág Moments Musicaux for String Quartet

Dohnanyi Piano Quintet no 2 in E flat minor, op. 26

Tickets £45, including lunch

Festival Finale

Sunday 24 July, 3pm

Bishop’s Palace, Hereford

Gala concert featuring all of our young artists and tutors too, in works prepared during the festival.

Programme to include:

Beethoven Sonata for violin and piano in A, op. 47 Kreutzer

Mozart String Quintet in G minor, K516

Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, op. 60

Haydn String Quartet in F minor, op. 20 no. 5

Tickets: £20

Festival Ticket: £70, including entry to all events

Young musicians at the Wye Valley Chamber Music summer residency at Treowen in the Wye Valley.

Marie Bitlloch teaching at the 2015 Summer Residency