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The Fitzwilliam @ Hay Chamber Music Festival
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th September 2022
A weekend of inspiring and diverse chamber music in Hay-on-Wye with The Fitzwilliam String Quartet, The Greenwich Trio, The Hill Quartet (pictured above), “Bows & Bellows” and Richard Wigmore
With an emphasis on female composers, the rich and varied programme of this year’s festival looks set to thrill, enchant and entertain. In addition to some much loved and inspiring works from the chamber music repertoire, the programme also includes such delights as works by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann and Rebecca Clarke, juxtaposed with inspiring contemporary composers including Liz Dilnot Johnson and Jessie Montgomery.
Alongside all this, there will also be a concert by the Greenwich Piano Trio, including FSQ cellist Heather Tuach, and the Fitzwilliam String Quartet will be joined by the young and innovative chamber ensemble, the Hill Quartet for a performance of Mendelssohn’s Octet. This multi-national chamber ensemble, who are currently the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Fellows, have strong roots in the classical world and hold a deep interest in expanding the string quartet repertoire by curating, commissioning and performing cross-genre art forms and contemporary music.
There will also be an opportunity to take part in a fascinating Q&A session with the composer Liz Dilnot Johnson whose compositions are included in Saturday morning’s concert.
On the Saturday evening …….a fun and highly entertaining folk music event given by folk trio “Bows & Bellows” in the Great Hall of the newly restored Hay Castle with local cider and food which promises to be a really fun event! Paul, Sophie and Lucy invite you to join them for an hour of tunes, traditional and baroque plus some of their own. We encourage you to tap your feet, let go your woes, sing and sigh and go home on a high!
As a wonderful addition to these events, renowned writer, lecturer and broadcaster Richard Wigmore will be running his wonderfully informative study sessions, based on the works performed. This is a lively and engaging process involving conversations and demonstrations from the musicians themselves, in which the compositions and their biographical and cultural backgrounds are both celebrated and explored.
A very important and integral feature of the festival are the outreach events given by the musicians to the local community. These include an interactive workshop with The Family Place for traumatised children, workshops with local primary and senior school children and an informal concert to adults suffering from dementia.
Tickets are on sale now. https://thefitzwilliamathay.com/. We can’t wait to see you there!
Photo: Pellingmans' Saraband (credit Guy Carpenter)