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Concert Programme 2022

Thursday, July 7th at 7.00 pm

Berwald:             Grand Septet in B flat major for Winds and Strings

Sarah Jenkins:   Clarinet Quintet

Dvořák:               Quintet in A major for Piano and Strings, Op.81

Written when Dvořák was at the height of his powers, the melodious and expressive Piano Quintet has long been a Festival favourite. The clarinettist and composer, Sarah Jenkins, won the BBC Young Composer Award in 2017 and we are delighted to have commissioned a new work from her especially for our 30th Festival. Berwald’s tuneful and energetic Septet from 1828 should make the perfect opening work for the Festival.


Friday, July 8th at 7.00 pm

Beethoven:       Sextet in E flat major for Winds, Op.71

Mozart:              Piano Concerto No.23 in A major, K488

Dvořák:              String Quartet No.12 in F major, Op.96 “American”

A concert of gems from well-known composers opens with Beethoven’s early virtuosic and beautifully crafted Wind Sextet. One of Mozart’s late piano concertos and the “American” quartet by Dvořák complete a programme full of pathos and rhythmic verve. 


Friday, July 8th at 10.00 pm

Messiaen:          Quartet for the End of Time

Written and first performed in 1941 when Messiaen was detained in a German prison camp, the “Quartet for the End of Time” combines deeply held spiritual beliefs with a fascination for birdsong. A unique and remarkable piece of chamber music, perfect for late-night musings in the superb acoustics of St. Mary’s. 


Saturday, July 9th at 7.00 pm

Howells:             Rhapsodic Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, Op.31

Kreuz:                 “Prize Quintet” for Horn and Strings, Op.49

Brahms:              String Sextet No.1 in B flat major, Op.18

Herbert Howells and Emil Kreuz both studied with Charles Stanford at the Royal College of Music. Stanford taught in the German tradition of Brahms, who he much admired. The short Rhapsodic Quintet by Howells is very English in sentiment, though owing much to Brahms. The Kreuz Horn Quintet is rarely heard, but shows great compositional skill and is worthy of more attention. The Brahms Sextet is an outstanding work of chamber music, written when he was just 27. This is a programme of youthful masterpieces by composers sharing a common romantic heritage. 


Sunday, July 10th at 6.00 pm

Schubert:          Three pieces from Moments Musicaux, Op.94, for Winds and Strings (arr. O’Neill)

Vivaldi:               Bassoon Concerto No.2 in A minor, RWV 498.

Brahms:             Serenade No.1 in D major, Op.11, for Winds and Strings (arr. Jorge Rotter)

Brahms’s rich orchestration in this Serenade shows off his promise and genius, already evident when he was still in his twenties. A virtuosic concerto from Vivaldi and Schubert’s charming Moments Musicaux will provide entertainment and delight at every turn. 


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