Apr
27
5:00 PM17:00

Hay Chamber Music Festival: Pre-Concert “Conversation “

The Swan at Hay, with The Fitzwilliam String Quartet and Professor Brian Newbould, the world's leading Schubert scholar. 

  

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Professor Brian Newbould is the author of two books on Schubert, "The Music and the Man" and "Schubert and the Symphony", as well as completions of several works left unfinished by that composer. His realisations of five fragmentary Schubert symphonies have been performed and broadcast around the world.

Drinks and bar snacks available to purchase.  Dinner available if pre-ordered directly with the hotel. 01497 821 188

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Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

Hay Chamber Music Festival: 'Schubertiade' with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet

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Lucy Russell (violin), Marcus Barcham Stevens (violin),
Alan George (viola), Sally Pendelbury (cello)
 

St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5ED

Tickets:  £15 (students £7.50) from Box Office or at the door

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During Schubert's lifetime a Schubertiade was generally an informal, unadvertised gathering held at a private home. In early 19th-century Vienna they were typically sponsored by wealthier friends or aficionados of Schubert's music.

Programme:

Quartettsatz in C minor, D703

Quartettsatz is the tuneful first movement of a string quartet that Schubert never completed.  The Quartet will add the second movement Andante as realised and completed by Professor Brian Newbould.
 
String Quartet in A minor, D804 (Rosamunde)
 
The second movement of the Quartet in A minor lent the quartet its nickname, being based on a theme from the incidental music for Rosamunde.
 

String Quartet in G major, D887
 
Quartet in G major is regarded by many as Schubert's greatest string quartet.  It is heard less frequently than the composer's previous two quartets, not because of its lesser quality, but maybe because of its greater length.


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Apr
28
10:30 AM10:30

Hay Chamber Music Festival: Coffee Concert with the Dragonfly String Trio

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Marcia Crayford (violin), Susie Mészáros (viola),

Moray Welsh (cello)

The Swan Hotel, Church Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5DQ

Tickets:  £10 (students £5) from Box Office or at the door

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Please note:  10.30am for 11.00am.  Time given for end of concert is approximate.  Coffee available before the concert.

 

Programme:

Mozart:  Divertimento in E flat major, K563
 
Mozart's Divertimento in E-flat major is "one of a kind".  It is not only Mozart's only finished composition for string trio – it also appears to be the first such work by any composer. The critic Alfred Einstein wrote "it is a true chamber-music work, and grew to such large proportions only because it was intended to offer something special in the way of art, invention, and good spirit.  It is one of Mozart’s noblest works."
 



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Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

Hay Chamber Music Festival: Film - 'Britten's Endgame'

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Benjamin Britten

Film showing in Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5AA (entrance to Cinema in Brook Street)

Commissioned by the BBC to mark Britten’s centenary in 2013, Bridcut’s rich and poignant film explores Britten’s final years and features the Fitzwilliam Quartet. Britten’s last quartet will be played at this evening’s concert.

The film will be followed by a discussion with the Director, John Bridcut, and the Fitzwilliam Quartet

Admission free but ticketed from Box Office

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Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

Hay Chamber Music Festival: The Fitzwilliam String Quartet with Susie Mészáros

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Lucy Russell (violin), Marcus Barcham Stevens (violin),
Alan George (viola), Sally Pendelbury (cello)

Richard Booth's Bookshop, 44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5AA

Tickets:  £15 (students £7.50) from Box Office

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Programme:

Purcell:  Chacony in G minor, Z730
 
A 'chacony' (or 'chaconne') is a type of musical composition popular in the baroque era when it was much used as a vehicle for variation on a repeated short harmonic progression.  Purcell, whose father and uncle were both court musicians, probably wrote this piece in the post that he had obtained in 1677 as composer for the court violin band. Benjamin Britten’s arrangement of the chaconne will be played in Sunday’s concert.
 
Glazunov:  ‘Alla Spagnuola’
 
Alexander Glazunov, born in St. Petersburg in 1865 the son of a wealthy book publisher, wrote Five ‘Novelettes’ during the mid 1880s the first of which is Alla Spagnuola (in the Spanish style).  Surprisingly, this work, long popular at chamber music concerts in Russia, has enjoyed little airing in the West.
 
Britten:  String Quartet No. 3, Op.94
 
Britten’s String Quartet No. 3 was his last completed major work.  It was written during his final illness, the first four movements at his home in Aldeburgh, and the fifth during his last visit to Venice.  "This is, after all, a work that gestures again and again towards some of life’s great mysteries, its most humbling challenges” (Roger Parker).  “It is where Britten officially takes his leave. A handful of works would follow, but this is the moment where he gives up his soul in music of affecting beauty. The last movement ensures he leaves with his head held high, innovating and captivating to the very end." (Brian Hogwood)
 
Mozart:  String Quintet in C major, K 515
 
The notion of a string quintet with two violas was new in the 1770s, when Mozart wrote the first of these works (K 174); but ten years later he produced one of the longest of all his chamber compositions with this sublime C major quintet.

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Apr
29
3:00 PM15:00

Hay Chamber Music Festival: The Fitzwilliam String Quartet with Anna Tilbrook

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Anna Tilbrook - piano

St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5ED

Tickets:  £15 (students £7.50) from Box Office or at the door

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Programme:

Purcell (arr. Britten):  Chaconne
 
This chaconne is a fine example of a piece of music written by one composer and realised by another. Benjamin Britten had a long affection for the music of Henry Purcell and chose to edit the work for string orchestra.
 
Mozart:  Piano Concerto in A major, K414 (version for piano and string quartet)
 
During Mozart's first few years in Vienna, one of his primary sources of income was the subscription concert.  For such concerts, he generally composed piano concertos, enabling him to showcase his exceptional facility at the keyboard. Between 1782 and 1786, the years in which he gave the most concerts, Mozart wrote 15 concertos for piano and orchestra, nearly all for his own use, which have come to represent the Classical ideal of the genre. To his father, Mozart described these three concertos as "a happy medium between what is too easy and too difficult; they are very brilliant, pleasing to the ear, and natural, without being vapid."
 
Like all three of Mozart’s early Vienna piano concertos, K414 and K415 can be performed with piano and string quartet alone.  In the second movement of K414 Mozart quotes a theme from the overture to La Calamita de Cuori by Johann Christian Bach, his former mentor in London, who had just died. Mozart also wrote back to his father concerning Bach's death, saying “what a loss to the musical world!“ so we may  regard the moving andante as a musical epitaph by the younger man for the old master.
 
Shostakovich:  String Quartet No. 14 in F sharp major, Op. 142
 
Shostakovich began working on the String Quartet No 14 in 1972, the year when he twice travelled to Britain, using the second trip to visit the young Fitzwilliam Quartet in York to hear their British premiere of No 13 - its successor was sent to them some months later, following a long illness.  Earlier the same year he had also travelled to Aldeburgh: this remote sea-side town on the east coast with its shingle beaches, salt marshes and reed-beds was the home of his friend Benjamin Britten.  Shostakovich had dedicated his Fourteenth Symphony to him three years previously and greatly admired Britten's work.
 
Mozart:  Piano Concerto in C major, K415 (version for piano and string quartet)


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Jun
16
7:00 PM19:00

Zoe Martlew (Cello) and Finnegan Downie-Dear (Piano)

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St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye

Tickets:  £14

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Zoë Martlew and Finnegan Downie-Dear play ‘Mostly French’

Programme

Claude Debussy:   Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor (1915) 

Claude Debussy:   Reflets dans l'eau (solo piano, from the first book of Images, 1905)

Cesar Franck:  Sonata in A minor (arr. for cello from violin original by Jules Delsart) (1886)

Monsieur de Sainte Colombe:  “Les Pleurs” c 1640 solo gamba arr. for solo cello

Maurice Ravel:  Jeux d'eau (solo piano) (1901)

Zoë Martlew:   Salat Babilya (Babylonian Prayer) - for solo cello without bow (2008)

Maurice Ravel:   Piece en Forme d’Habanera (trans. Paul Bazelaire) (1907)

Heitor Villa Lobos:   O Trenzinho do Caipira (1930)

Bohuslav Martinů:    Variations on a Slovakian Theme H.378 (1959)

Eric Satie:   ‘Sylvie’ from 3 Melodies de 1886 for voice and piano (arr. Martlew)

Cellist, performer, educator, writer of words and music, the increasingly un-categorisable Zoë Martlew performs and records around the world as soloist and with some of the world’s most renowned contemporary music ensembles, chamber groups, improvisation, film, electronica, multi-media, pop and rock artists, dance and theatre companies.

 Her one woman musical cabaret Revue Z has recently played at festivals in Iceland, Spain, Denmark and at Wigmore Hall, where she is a regular solo performer.  Her music is published by Schott, and recent/upcoming commissions include ensemble works for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, CoMA, Occupy the Pianos Festival, St Magnus Festival, and mezzo/piano duo Lucy Schaufer and Huw Watkins.

 Zoë was a judge on BBC TV’s Maestro and Young Musician of the Year; regular guest commentator/presenter for BBC Proms and Radio 3 and was on the UK panel for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

 She is a tutor for the NYO and a regular jury member for competitions.  She is much in demand for educational activities, is artistic director of the Saigon Chamber Music Festival in Vietnam, cello studies at the Royal College of Music, Clare College, Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music and the Chopin Academy in Warsaw.

 “…sparks of electricity.  Martlew drew from a deep well of expressive intensity…A shimmering performance…uncommon sensitivity.”  THE STRAD

Finnegan Downie-Dear is a young conductor and pianist from London who balances a growing international career with his role as music director of Shadwell Opera.

He studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, graduating from both with distinction and from the Academy with the prestigious DipRAM for outstanding performance.  Whilst a student at the Academy he was awarded all the major internal awards for accompaniment as well as the Gerald Moore Award, and following his studies was awarded the Academy’s Hodgson Memorial Scholarship to spend a year curating a series of concerts focusing on Mahler’s complete song catalogue.

Finnegan has given recitals at venues including the Wigmore Hall, St. John’s, Smith Square, the Crush Room at the Royal Opera House and Kings Place, and has appeared as part of the Oxford Lieder, Aberystwyth, Buxton, Cambridge, Gower, St. Magnus International and Oxford Lieder Festivals, as well as live on BBC Radio 3.  Since 2014 he has worked for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as an assistant and repetiteur.  He is increasingly recognised as an ardent proponent of music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and has a particular interest in working with singers in opera and in recital.  

 

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Dec
11
7:30 PM19:30

Elin Manahan-Thomas (soprano) and Elizabeth Kenny (lute and theorbo)

Richard Booth's Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye

Tickets:  £15

'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.

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