Claude Debussy: Première Rhapsodie
Pamela Harrison: Drifting Away for clarinet and piano
Carl Maria von Weber: Grand Duo Concertant, op. 48
Edwin York Bowen: Clarinet Sonata, op. 109
Paquito D'Rivera: The Cape Cod Files
Claude Debussy: Première Rhapsodie
Samuel Barber: Summer Music, op. 31
Olivier Messiaen: Appel interstellai
Carl Nielsen: Wind Quintet, op. 43
Darius Milhaud: La Cheminée du Roi René
Back by popular demand! The wind players of Ensemble 360 will perform a selection of music to accompany the rising sun, alongside the dawn chorus of singing birds. Featuring the blues-inflected Summer Music by Samuel Barber, the technical fireworks of Messiaen’s interstellar horn-calls (recorded above the Hope Valley by Naomi Atherton for our online festival in 2020), and music for wind inspired by nature, this promises to be an atmospheric morning of music in a unique setting.
Relaxed Concert: Carnival
Saint-Saëns: Morceau de concert for horn and piano
Saint-Saëns: Bassoon Sonata
Saint-Saëns: The Carnival of the Animals
For this ‘Relaxed’ concert featuring ‘The Carnival of the Animals’, doors will be left open, lights raised, a break-out space provided, and there will be less emphasis on the audience being quiet during the performance. People with an Autism Spectrum, sensory or communication disorder or learning disability, those with age-related impairments and parents/carers with babies are all especially welcome.
Saint-Saëns. The Renaissance Man
Morceau de concert for horn and piano
Les odeurs de Paris
L’assassinat du duc de guise
The Carnival of the Animals
Camille Saint-Saëns’ most celebrated work, ‘The Carnival of the Animals’ is a work unlike any other, transporting the listener into a musical menagerie that includes a swan, a tortoise, lions and a plunge into a truly magical aquarium. It is presented here alongside rarely performed pieces including ‘Les odeurs de Paris’, a musical riot, with the addition of trumpets and children’s toys to convey the many smells of Paris. Early French film The Assassination of the Duke of Guise is one of the very first to feature an original film score. Written by Saint-Saëns, the music will be performed live alongside a screening of the film in a celebration of the beloved French composer.
Friday Night in Paris
Roderick Williams and Ensemble 360
Musical national treasure Roderick Williams, soloist at King Charles III’s Coronation and Singer-in-Residence with Music in the Round, returns to the Crucible Playhouse with Ensemble 360 for a magical tour through the City of Light.
Fauré’s first Piano Quintet was a labour of love that he nurtured over many years, and the song cycles and works for violin he wrote alongside it echo through this exquisitely constructed piece.
Poulenc’s kaleidoscopic sextet encompasses jazz, ragtime, pastiche of Mozart and a tribute to Ravel, whose ‘Madagascan’ songs they follow, in this programme luxuriating in the many sounds of fin de siècle Paris.
Culminating in Fauré’s intricate song-cycle, crafted from the poems of Paul Verlaine, this concert reunites Ensemble 360, with Music in the Round’s singer-in-residence Roderick Williams for the first time since 2017.
Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quintet no. 1 in D minor, op. 89
Maurice Ravel: Chansons madécasses
Francis Poulenc: Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano in C major
Gabriel Fauré: La Bonne Chanson for Baritone, String Quintet and Piano
Close-Up: Music For Curious Young Minds
Five wind musicians and a very special guest breathe life into the wondrous world of chamber music. Created specially for young audiences, this concert combines well-known classical favourites with new works performed on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn, with singer.
Ideal for 7–11 year-olds and their families.
Ensemble 360 and Steven Isserlis in Festival Finale
George Onslow: Nonet, op. 77
Gabriel Fauré: Elegie, op. 24
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: String Sextet in D minor, op.70, Souvenir de Florence
A grand work for a grand finale: captivating charm and wit from George Onslow’s Nonet. Nicknamed the ‘French Beethoven’, this is a chance to hear one of his finest and largest-scale chamber works whose five movements move through an expressive array of moods from turbulence to a jubilant conclusion.
Steven Isserlis then joins pianist Tim Horton for a heartfelt lament by Gabriel Fauré, before we sign off with Tchaikovsky’s celebratory musical postcard, Souvenir de Florence. This hugely popular string sextet by the great Russian composer features both Steven Isserlis and Ensemble 360’s cellist Gemma Rosefield, and promises to be a fitting farewell to the Festival in our anniversary year.
Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke for Clarinet and Piano, op. 73
Edwin York Bowen: Phantasie, op. 54
Robert Schumann: Märchenerzählungen, op. 132
Huw Watkins: Speak Seven Seas
Josef Holbrooke: Nocturne, op. 57, no. 1, Fairyland
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E flat major, K. 498, Kegelstatt