Festival 2016

A musical extravaganza!

Tuesday, 7th June –

Thomas Trotter, City of Birmingham organist and our President with Catrin Finch, Harp and our Vice President

Their programme included solos for organ and harp as well as duets.
Organ solos – John Ireland – Capriccio and Miniature Suite
​​J. Sanders – Toccata
​​S. Prokofiev – Toccata for piano arr. J. Guillou
Harp solos – JS Bach/Grandjany – Prelude from Violin Partita No 3
​ Claude Debussy – La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin
Paul Patterson – BUGS! Mosquito Massacre
Elias Parish-Alvars – Introduction, Cadenza and Rondo
Harp & Organ – C. Franck – Prelude, Fugue and Variation
M.Grandjany – Aria in Classic Style
G.F. Handel – Harp Concerto in B flat Op 4 No 6

Wednesday, 8th June –

ZRI – Zum Roten Igel

ZRI is led by virtuoso clarinettist, Ben Harlan. He is joined by cellist, Matthew Sharp, violinist and violist, Max Baillie, Jon Banks who is an accordionist and specialist in Middle Eastern musical instruments and Iris Pissaride who plays the santouri – the Greek island hammer dulcimer.
ZRI who base their music making on that heard in The Red Hedgehog Viennese tavern frequented by Brahms and his associates and played by gypsy bands.
Their programme featured Hungarian dances, gypsy tunes and Jewish Klezmer melodies.
It was an exciting and vibrant evening with Brahms clarinet quintet forming the backbone of the concert.
ZRI will return to Bledington in 2019 with their take on Schubert’s String Quintet!

Thursday, 9th June –

Marylebone Trio

The final concert of 2016 presented a woodwind trio.
Jemma Bausor – oboe
Helen James – clarinet
Alexandra Davidson – bassoon
All graduates from the Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Trio treated us to a varied programme:
JS Bach – Three Sinfonias
Franz Schubert – Trio in B flat D471
Jacques Ibert – Cinq Pièces en trio
Telemann – Fantasia in A minor for solo oboe
Beethoven – Variations on ‘la ci darem la mano’
Mozart – Divertimento no 2
CPE Bach – Adagio from Sonata in D minor for solo bassoon
Gordon Jacob – Trio
Béla Kovács Homage a Manuel de Falla for solo clarinet
Stefan de Haan – Divertimento on Folk Songs