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.
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!
Summer Residency 2017 Concerts
Tuesday 4 July, 7pm
Treowen Manor, Monmouth
Marie Bitlloch, cello (Elias Quartet)
Michael Gurevich, violin (London Haydn Quartet)
Robin Ireland, viola (Lindsay Quartet 1985-2005)
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. This opening concert of the residency shows the students ‘how it’s done.’
Mozart Duo for Violin and Viola in G, K423
Schubert Sonata in A minor for Viola and Piano, D821 (‘arpeggione’)
– interval –
Schubert Piano Trio in B flat, D898
Tickets £20 (adults) or £5 (students)
Saturday 8 July, 11.30am-5.30pm
Treowen Manor, Nr Monmouth
Introducing our international young artists, who this year are the Vandepeer Quartet, the Moody Trio, the Hayward Quartet and the Jacquin Trio. A morning of masterclasses, followed by an afternoon of music, the programme will include these pieces and more.
Haydn String Quartet in D, op. 76 no 5 (Hayward Quartet)
Arensky Piano Trio in D minor, op. 32 (Moody Trio)
Huw Watkins Speak Seven Seas (Jacquin Trio)
Dvořák Piano Quintet in A, op. 81 (Vandepeer Quartet and Daniel Tong)
Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time (Jacquin Trio and Marie Bitlloch)
Tickets £45, including lunch
Sunday 9 July, 3pm
Bishop’s Palace, Hereford
Gala concert featuring all of our young artists and tutors too, in works prepared during the festival. The programme will include:
Mozart Piano Quartet in G minor, K478 (Moody Trio and Robin Ireland)
Ravel String Quartet in F (Vandepeer Quartet)
Brahms String Quintet in F, op. 88 (Hayward Quartet and Michael Gurevich)