St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye
Helen Vidovich - flute,
Val Welbanks - cello,
Olga Stezhko - guest pianist
Muzio Clementi (1752-1832)†
Sonata for Pianoforte with Flute and Cello
in C major, Op. 21, No. 3
Eugene Goossens (1893-1962)†
Five Impressions of a Holiday, Op. 7 (1914)
for Flute, Cello and Piano
Hilary Tann (b. 1947)†
In the Theatre of Air†(2017, commissioned
by the Marsyas Trio with the generous support
of the Fidelio Charitable Trust and the†
Ralph Vaughan Williams†Trust)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Trio in D minor, Op. 49 (1839)
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The Schubert Ensemble
St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye
William Howard - piano, Simon Blendis - violin, Jane Salmon - cello, Douglas Paterson - viola, Peter Buckoke - double bass
HAY MUSIC is delighted to welcome the renowned Schubert Ensemble.
The Building of Curves for piano quartet
(commissioned by The Schubert Ensemble)
Piano Quintet No. 2
Piano Quintet Op 81
Since its first concert in January 1983 the Schubert Ensemble has become widely recognized as one of the world's leading exponents of music for piano and strings. The ensemble has performed in over 40 different countries, has over 80 commissions to its name, has recorded over 30 critically acclaimed CDs and is familiar to British audiences through regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. In 1998 the Ensemble's contribution to British musical life was recognized by the Royal Philharmonic Society when it presented the group with the Best Chamber Ensemble Award, for which it was shortlisted again in 2010.
In the past few years the Ensemble has enjoyed a busy international schedule, with performances in Bermuda, Canada, the Czech Republic, China, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and the USA. The Ensemble has also released recordings for the Chandos label of works by Martinu, Faurť, Enescu and DvorŠk, all of which have been widely praised. The DvorŠk disc and the most recent of two Enescu discs were each chosen as CD of the month by the BBC Music Magazine. They have recently released a new recording of piano quartets by Chausson and Saint-SaŽns which received a double 5-star review in BBC Music Magazine. They have recently toured to Bermuda, the USA, Holland and Italy, and had performances at the Cambridge, Petworth, Spitalfields, Buxton, Gower, Tetbury and Bath/Mozart Festivals as well as a Faurť/Schumann series at London's Wigmore Hall.
The Ensemble has decided to bring its 35-year career to a close at the end of June 2018. It will see out its final season in celebratory style, with around fifty concerts planned in the UK and abroad, including return visits to Romania and Luxembourg and two tours of the USA. The Ensemble's final concert at Wigmore Hall will be on March 21st 2018.
"... vital spontaneity, expressive phrasing and an instinctive way of animating the music's textures so that they are close-knit but at the same time luminously articulated" - The Daily Telegraph
"... to say they play with a seasoned eloquence, a unanimity of feeling born of deep communal consideration, is an understatement for they demand superlatives" - Sunday Times
"... outstanding in every respect" - Guardian
"... a supernatural degree of polish"- Los Angeles Times
Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano)
Elizabeth Kenny (lute & theorbo)
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Tickets: £15 Now booking
"NOW WINTER COMES SLOWLY"
A festive programme of wintry favourites featuring scenes from Purcell's Fairy Queen and King Arthur, hymns to the Virgin, celebratory Christmas songs by Bach and Scarlatti and traditional carols and Noels. Elin and Elizabeth's popular alliance will sprinkle some musical magic on a dark winter's night.
So shall the lute and harp awake
Canzonetta Spirituale sopra alla nanna
Ich freue mich in dir
Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier
O Jesulein sŁss
Fortunati pastori. . .Tocco la prima sorte
Now winter nights enlarge
Scenes from Fairy Queen and King Arthur
Sequence of traditional Christmas songs
A minuit fut fait un rťveil
The truth from above
Adam lay ybounden
C‚n y Plygain (14')
Or let the merry bells ring round
Elin Manahan Thomas is one of the most exceptional sopranos of her generation. Since releasing her dťbut album 'Eternal Light' in 2007, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, she has performed at many of the world's most prestigious venues and festivals, and with leading orchestras and conductors. Perhaps she is most famously known for her performances of baroque masterpieces - such as Handel's Eternal Source of Light Divine at the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony.
Elizabeth Kenny is one of Europe's leading lute players. Her playing has been described as "incandescent" (Music and Vision), "radical" (The Independent) and "indecently beautiful" (Toronto Post). In twenty years of touring she has played with many of the world's best period instrument groups.
Jane Chapman (harpsichord) and Yu-Wei Hu (flute)
Sara Stowe (soprano) and (TBC)
Friday, 27 - Sunday, 29
Fourth Hay Chamber Music Festival
Zoe Martlew (cello) and Finn Downie-Dear (piano)
Amy Norrington (cello) ensemble
Fidelio Piano Trio