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Gould Piano Trio and Robert Plane – tonight at Church Stretton Festival

Huw Watkins’ fabulous new piece, Four Fables – written for the Gould Piano Trio and Robert Plane – was given its world premiere at the Three Choirs Festival on the 31st July and will be performed again in Church Stretton this evening.

Four Fables was commissioned by Three Choirs Festival, Corbridge Chamber Music Festival, Swansea International Festival and Wigmore Hall, with financial assistance from RVW Trust and PRS Open Fund, and makes a very welcome addition to the Piano Trio and Clarinet repertoire.

Watkins says in his programme note:

“The instrumental combination of clarinet, violin, cello and piano was made famous by Messiaen with his Quartet for the End of Time, but when I started composing my new piece, I had Schumann’s Märchenerzählungen (for clarinet, viola and piano) in the back of my mind. Schumann was interested in the “picturesque and the fanciful” but left no link to specific fairy tales. This was a similar starting point for me, when writing these four varied fables.”

The Gould Piano Trio and Robert Plane were delighted to able to give Four Fables its second performance as part of their Corbridge Festival Finale Concert last night, and look forward to performing it many times over the next few seasons.

Tonight’s audience at Church Stretton Festival have a huge treat in store, when they will be able to hear this wonderful new creation from Huw Watkins alongside Brahms Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, op. 114 and Schubert Piano Trio no. 2 in E flat major, D. 929, op. 100.

Tickets available on the door:  Church Stretton School, Shrewsbury Road, Church Stretton, SY6 6EX – 7:30 pm

Photograph by Trevor Halsey –

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