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.

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

Tutors Concert

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)

Treowen Manor, home of the Summer Residency

Treowen Manor, home of the Summer Residency


Open House

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 Trio and the Jacquin Trio.  The day begins with a morning of public masterclasses, followed by an afternoon of music.

Beethoven String Trio in G, op.9 no 1 (Hayward Trio)

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

Festival Finale

Sunday 9 July, 3pm

Bishop’s Palace, Hereford

Gala concert featuring our young artists, 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 Quartet in A minor, op 51, no 2 (Hayward Trio and Michael Gurevich)

Tickets: £20 (adults) or £5 (students)

Festival Ticket: £75, including entry to all events

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

Marie Bitlloch teaching at the 2015 Summer Residency