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Concerts

Music in the Round: Hampshire

Portsmouth Guildhall Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

Igor Stravinsky: Stravinsky 3 pieces for String Quartet
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Clarinet Quintet in F sharp minor, op. 10
Interval
Franz Schubert: Quartet in D minor, D. 810 - Death and the Maiden

Music in the Round: Wiltshire

Wiltshire Music Centre Ashley Road, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England

Josef Suk: Meditation on an Old Czech Hymn 'St Wenceslas', op. 35a
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Clarinet Quintet in F sharp minor, op. 10
Interval
Herbert Howells: Rhapsodic Quintet, op, 31
Antonin Dvořák: Quartet no. 12 in F major, op. 96, B. 179, American

Champs Hill Music Room: Pulborough

Champs Hill Coldwaltham, Pulborough, England

As part of this Stanford Celebration Day, Robert Plane and the Gould Piano Trio will perform:

Charles Villiers Stanford: Three Intermezzi, op. 13
Clarinet Sonata, op. 129
Piano Trio No. 2 in G minor, op. 73

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

Festival Launch

Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quartet no. 2 in G minor, op. 45
Louise Farrenc: Nonet, op. 38

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Main House Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

Paul Rissmann: Sir Scallywag and The Battle Of Stinky Bottom; Giles Andreae (words), Korky Paul (illustrations)

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Samuel Worth Chapel The Gatehouse, Cemetery Avenue, Sheffield, England

Sunrise

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.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

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.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

Saint-Saëns. The Renaissance Man

Saint-Saëns:
Morceau de concert for horn and piano
Bassoon Sonata
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.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

French Gems

Maurice Ravel: Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré
Camille Saint-Saëns: Oboe Sonata in D major, op. 166
Thomas Adès: Alchymia for clarinet quintet
Interval
André Messager: Solo de Concours for solo clarinet
César Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

French Gems

Maurice Ravel: Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré
Camille Saint-Saëns: Oboe Sonata in D major, op. 166
Thomas Adès: Alchymia for clarinet quintet
Interval
André Messager: Solo de Concours for solo clarinet
César Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

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
Interval
Francis Poulenc: Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano in C major
Gabriel Fauré: La Bonne Chanson for Baritone, String Quintet and Piano

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

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
Interval
Francis Poulenc: Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano in C major
Gabriel Fauré: La Bonne Chanson for Baritone, String Quintet and Piano

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

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 Roderick Williams.

Ideal for 7–11 year-olds and their families.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

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 Roderick Williams.

Ideal for 7–11 year-olds and their families.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

Ensemble 360 and Steven Isserlis in Festival Finale

George Onslow: Nonet, op. 77
Gabriel Fauré: Elegie, op. 24
Interval
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.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

Ensemble 360 and Steven Isserlis in Festival Finale

George Onslow: Nonet, op. 77
Gabriel Fauré: Elegie, op. 24
Interval
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.

Jordans Music Club: Buckinghamshire

Jubilee Hall, Seer Green School Lane, Seer Green, Buckinghamshire, England

Charles Villiers Stanford: Fantasy no. 1 for Clarinet and String Quartet
John Ireland: Sextet for Clarinet, Horn and String Quartet
Interval
Rebecca Clarke: Two pieces for Viola and Cello
Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, op. 115

Penarth Chamber Music Festival: Cardiff

Penarth Pier Pavilion The Esplanade, Penarth, Cardiff, Wales

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Quartet in E flat major, K. 493
Judith Bingham: Hodge, Dr. Johnson's Cat (world première)
Interval talk by Laura Tunbridge - Professor of Music, Oxford University and author of Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces
Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet no. 13 in B flat major, op. 130

Penarth Chamber Music Festival: Cardiff

Penarth Pier Pavilion The Esplanade, Penarth, Cardiff, Wales

Francis Poulenc: Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano in C major
Ralph Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge
Interval
Franz Schubert:Three Songs for Bassoon and String Quintet arr. Iain Farrington
Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen (realisation for string septet by Rudolf Leopold)

Penarth Chamber Music Festival: Cardiff

Dora Stoutzker Hall, RWCMD Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff, Wales

The PMCF 10th anniversary celebration day at RWCMD begins with this mini-Schubertiade

Franz Schubert: Auf dem Strom D.943
Franz Schubert: Fantasy in C major for Violin and Piano, D. 934
Franz Schubert: The Shepherd on the Rock, D. 965

Penarth Chamber Music Festival: Cardiff

Dora Stoutzker Hall, RWCMD Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff, Wales

Maurice Ravel: Introduction and Allegro
Huw Watkins:
Richard Strauss, arr. D. Matthews: Capriccio Sextet and Closing scene with dramatisation by Sir David Pountney

Corbridge Chamber Music Festival: Northumberland

St Andrew's Church, Corbridge Market Place, Corbridge, Northumberland, England

Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D minor, op.11
Herrmann Bernard: Souvenirs de voyage
Antonin Dvořák:String Quintet in G major, op.77

Corbridge Chamber Music Festival: Northumberland

St Andrew's Church, Corbridge Market Place, Corbridge, Northumberland, England

Nuevo Tango, with JP Jofre (bandoneon/composer) and the Corbridge Festival Musicians. Argentinian bandoneon sensaton entertains as composer and performer with his unique style of modern-day Tango.

Corbridge Chamber Music Festival: Northumberland

St Andrew's Church, Corbridge Market Place, Corbridge, Northumberland, England

Pierrot’s Moon
Debussy Pierrot
Kowalski Sonnen Ende
Marx Pierrot Dandy
Schumann Carnival Op.9 No.2 Pierrot
Korngold Tanzlied des Pierrot
Rebecca Clarke Midsummer Moon
Debussy Cello Sonata
Schoenberg Pierrot Lunaire

Corbridge Chamber Music Festival: Northumberland

St Andrew's Church, Corbridge Market Place, Corbridge, Northumberland, England

Our festival finale opens with one of Boccherini’s many string quintets (there are over a hundred!), a particularly vocal example which draws upon influences as diverse as Italian Opera and Spanish Fandango. We then draw together some of the threads of the 2024 Corbridge Festival, with Pierrot’s escapades graphically depicted by Thea Musgrave, and a final reminder of JP Joffre’s astonishing bandoneon playing in that classic of ‘Nuevo Tango’, Piazzolla’s ‘Libertango’. ‘I can’t tell you how moved I am by it, and powerfully gripped’ wrote Clara Schumann of Brahms’ Piano Quintet Op.34. Widely regarded as the jewel in the crown of Brahms' chamber works, what better way to bring the 2024 Corbridge Chamber Music Festival to a rousing end?

Boccherini: String Quintet in D major G353 Thea Musgrave: Pierrot
Piazzolla: Libertango
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34

Three Choirs Festival: Worcester

Worcester Baptist Church Sansome Walk, Worcester, England

Franz Joseph Haydn: Quartet in G major, op. 54, no. 1
Judith Bingham: Clarinet Quintet (new commission for Rob and Elias)
Interval
Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, op. 115
Josef Holbrooke: Eilean Shona op.74

Church Stretton Arts Festival: Shropshire

St Laurence's Church, Church Stretton Church Street, Church Stretton, Shropshire, England

Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke for Clarinet and Piano, op. 73
Edwin York Bowen: Phantasie, op. 54
Robert Schumann: Märchenerzählungen, op. 132
Interval
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

Music in the Round: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

Pavel Haas: Suite for Oboe and Piano, op.17
Leos Janáček: In the Mists
Interval
Pavel Haas: Wind Quintet, op. 10
Leos Janáček: Mládí (Youth) for Wind Sextet

Music in the Round: Sheffield

Crucible Main House Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

Dove The Monster in the Maze

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama: Cardiff

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff, Wales

Helen Grime: Seven Pierrot Miniatures
Johannes Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, op. 114
Interval
Arnold Schönberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21

Espressivo Concert Promotions: Gloucestershire

Great Hall, Berkeley Castle Gloucestershire, England

Robert Plane joins Orchestra Pro Anima for Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, presented among a programme of Baroque to 20th Century Christmas classics.

Reception from 5pm.

Antonio Vivaldi: Winter, from The Four Seasons
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
George Frideric Handel: Pastoral Symphony, from Messiah
J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major
Adolphe Adam: O Holy Night
Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride

Huddersfield Music Society: Huddersfield

St Paul's Hall University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, England

Max Bruch: Selection from 8 Pieces for clarinet, viola and piano, op. 83
Huw Watkins: Speak Seven Seas
Robert Schumann: Märchenerzählungen, op. 132
Interval
Rebecca Clarke: Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E flat major, K. 498, Kegelstatt

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22/04/2024