Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Corbridge Chamber Music Festival, which takes place 30 July – 1 August in the Northumberland village of Corbridge.
Artistic Directors Robert Plane and the Gould Piano Trio are joined by several brilliant guest artists for a bill of eight concert programmes over a long weekend of music-making.
Tickets can be purchased via the Festival website, which also has a full concert listing.
As well as guest instrumentalists Gary Pomeroy, Jonathan Stone and Fiona Winning, the Festival also features Mayuri Boonham, an experienced South Asian choreographer and Bharatanatyam dancer and Artistic Director of ATMA Dance. Mayuri has a strong track record of creating high quality cross-disciplinary work that has a truly omni-cultural appeal for a variety of settings and audiences, and regularly collaborates with international artists, musicians, designers and multi-skilled performers.
Rob and the Gould Piano Trio particularly look forward to Concert 7 of the Festival, subtitled ‘Fairy Tales and Fables’, in which they will present a performance of Huw Watkins’s Four Fables in collaboration with Mayuri Boonham. Four Fables was composed for Rob and the Goulds in 2018, co-commissioned by the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival, alongside the Three Choirs Festival, Wigmore Hall and Swansea International Festival. Since giving its premiere performance at the 2018 Three Choirs Festival, they have already performed Four Fables twenty times in the UK and on tour in the USA, as well as making a recording on Resonus Classics for release later this year.
This will be their first time performing Four Fables with live dance, in a concert which also features Rob playing in Schumann’s Märchenerzählungen for clarinet, viola and piano. The concert takes place in St Andrew’s Church, Corbridge, at 3pm on Sunday 1st August, and will also be streamed on the Festival YouTube Channel on Monday 2nd August at 3pm.
Other highlights include a hand-dancing workshop and a world premiere performance for Robert Plane. ‘Music and Dancing Hands’ is a workshop with Mayuri Boonham, exploring the beautiful, expressive gestural vocabulary of classical Bharatanatyam dance of South India alongside live music from the Corbridge Festival Musicians. And the final concert of the Festival, at 7pm on Sunday 1st August, features Rob giving the world premiere of Shivelight for clarinet and piano by Sarah Jenkins — also streaming on the Festival YouTube channel on Monday 2nd August at 7pm.
Rob will also play Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Clarinet Quintet in the Festival’s opening concert, as well as performing in the late ‘Night Cap’ concerts on the Friday and Saturday nights in Corbridge Parish Hall.