January Festival 2014

11 – 19 January 2014

The 2014 festival explored a range of ‘Conversations in Music’ – between Stravinsky and Debussy at St Briavels, Beethoven and Haydn at the Treowen Discovery Day, and composers’ reactions to Wagner at Hellens Manor. Opening with a day of Mozart in Hereford and including a range of talks on music and art, our audience joined in the conversation.

2014 Festival Artists

Piano: Alasdair Beatson, Simon Crawford-Phillips, Daniel Tong, Joseph Tong

Violin: Malin Broman, Florence Cooke, Arisa Fujita, Tom Hankey, Claire Sterling, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Sara Wolstenholme

Viola: Tom Dunn, Simone Jandl, Martin Saving, Malin William-Olsson

Cello: Marie Bitlloch, Kate Gould, Guy Johnston, Richard Lester, Robin Michael, Alice Neary

Clarinet: Robert Plane

2014 Resident Quartet:  The Celan Quartet
Mathilde Milwidsky – violin, Tim Crawford – violin
Timothy Ridout – viola, Tim Posner – cello

Saturday 11 January, Bishop’s Palace, Hereford
Mozart Day


Mozart 3 Preludes and Fugues after JS Bach, K 404a
Florence Cooke, violin; Tom Hankey, viola; Alice Neary, cello

Mozart Piano Quartet in G minor, K 478
Daniel Tong, piano; Florence Cooke, violin; Tom Hankey, viola; Alice Neary, cello

Mozart String Quintet in C, K 515
Arisa Fujita and Sara Wolstenholme, violin; Tom Dunn and Tom Hankey, viola; Guy Johnston, cello


Pre-concert talk by Stephen Walsh on Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet


Mozart Piano Trio in C, K 548
Daniel Tong, piano; Sara Wolstenholme, violin; Robin Michael, cello

Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A, K 581
Robert Plane, clarinet; Sara Wolstenholme and Arisa Fujita, violin; Tom Dunn, viola; Robin Michael, cello

Sunday 12 January, St Briavels Church


Stravinsky Three Pieces for String Quartet
Arisa Fujita and Sara Wolstenholme, violin; Tom Dunn, viola; Guy Johnston, cello

Debussy Piano Trio in G
Daniel Tong, piano; Arisa Fujita, violin; Guy Johnston, cello

Stravinsky Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo
Robert Plane, clarinet

Debussy Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano
Robert Plane, clarinet; Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano

Stephen Walsh, author of Stravinsky’s biography, will give a brief insight into The Rite of Spring before Joseph and Daniel perform the complete work.

Stravinsky The Rite of Spring (arr. for piano four hands)
Daniel Tong and Joseph Tong, piano

Thursday 16 January, Treowen Manor


Lecture by Susannah Fiennes on The Language of Art followed by a round-table discussion with Stephen Walsh.


Pre-concert drinks


Dvorák String Quartet in A flat, op.105
Malin Broman and Sara Wolstenholme, violin; Tom Dunn, viola; Alice Neary, cello

Beethoven String Quartet in E flat, op.127
Celan Quartet

Saturday 18 January, Treowen Manor
Discovery Day

11.30am – 6pm

Conversations in Music. Haydn, Beethoven and the Classical Style
Richard Wigmore hosts a day focussing on the language and communication of these two classical masters. Talks and discussions will complement complete performances of the following works:

Haydn String Quartet in B minor, op.33 no.1
Sara Wolstenholme and Florence Cooke, violin; Malin William-Olsson, viola; Robin Michael, cello

Beethoven Piano Trio in C minor, op.1 no.3
Alasdair Beatson, piano; Arisa Fujita, violin; Kate Gould, cello

Haydn Piano Trio in F sharp minor, Hob XV:26
Daniel Tong, piano; Sara Wolstenholme, violin; Marie Bitlloch, cello

Beethoven Symphony No.2 in D, op.36 (arr. by the composer for piano trio)
Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano; Florence Cooke, violin; Robin Michael, cello

Beethoven String Quartet in B flat, op.18 no.6
Malin Broman and Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin; Simone Jandl, viola; Alice Neary, cello

Sunday 19 January, Hellens Manor
In the wake of Wagner


Pre-concert talk by Richard Wigmore on Lekeu’s Piano Quartet


Wagner/Liszt Liebestod
Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano

Liszt La Lugubre Gondola
Daniel Tong, piano

Lekeu Piano Quartet
Alasdair Beatson, piano; Arisa Fujita, violin; Martin Saving, viola; Richard Lester, cello

Brahms Piano Trio in C minor, op. 101
Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano; Tom Hankey, violin; Marie Bitlloch, cello


Pre-concert talk: Richard Wigmore and Stephen Walsh discuss music immediately post-Wagner; those who fell under his spell and those who forged their own way.


Fauré Piano Quintet in D minor, op.89
Daniel Tong, piano; Arisa Fujita and Mathilde Milwidsky, violin; Tom Dunn, viola; Richard Lester, cello

Dvorák String Quintet in E flat, op.97
Tom Hankey and Claire Sterling, violin; Malin William-Olsson and Timothy Ridout, viola; Marie Bitlloch, cello

Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence, op.70
Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Tim Crawford, violin; Martin Saving and Simone Jandl, viola; Kate Gould and Tim Posner, cello