The Bledington Music Festival 2018
The festival is over for this year. We look forward to seeing you next year.
We had an amazing line-up of well-loved, world class musicians and performers. You can read more below.
Alissa Firsova & Daniel Rowland:
“A Romantic Sequence”
Tues 7:30 PM | St Leonard’s Church
“….rising composer, conductor, pianist and heaven knows what else……” so writes Richard Morrison of The Times.
Alissa is British-Russian and had her Wigmore Hall and Proms debut in 2009. In 2013 her composition Bergen’s Bonfire Op 31 was performed at the Proms and she also made her triple debut as director, composer and conductor at the Cadogan Hall. Alissa is a great talent who has been playing at Bledington since 2006.
”Stellar playing.. Daniel Rowland has a powerful, glamorous tone, gleaming at the top and throaty and rugged down at the bottom” – Gramophone
Dutch/English violinist Daniel Rowland’s playing has been acclaimed as “wonderful, ravishing in its finesse” by The Guardian, “totally and truly charismatic” by Beeld, while The Glasgow Herald praised his “astonishing sound and uniquely single minded intensity“.
Our opening concert of 2018 sees the return of young composer, conductor and pianist Alissa Firsova alongside Daniel Rowland on the violin.
- Schumann Fantasy Op 131
- Schnittke Quasi una Sonata
- Milhaud Cinema Fantasy (Le Bœuf sur le toit)
- Franck Sonata
Duo Cann 4 Hands 1 Piano
Wed 7:30 PM | St Leonard’s Church
Antoinette and Claire have an infectious enthusiasm for their music and they are passionate about encouraging children to perform. We look forward to the especially composed piece incorporating the brass players from Bledington School. Their career on the recital and concerto platform has taken them all over the world. They also tour throughout the U.K., playing at the major concert halls in the country.
There is something for everyone in this concert.
The enigmatic Cann twins return to the festival for our Wednesday concert, playing pieces for two pianists on only one piano! This will include a specially composed piece to be performed with the brass players and choir from Bledington Primary school.
- Hexentanz – MacDowell
- Fantasia in F minor – Schubert
- Siesta and Fiesta – Elliott
- Hungarian Rhapsody no.2 – Liszt, Arr. Bendel
- Sonata à Quatre Mains – Poulenc
Prelude: Rustique: Final
- *Scenes from “Anthony and Cleopatra” – Cann
For Piano and Brass Ensemble
- Petite Suite – Debussy
En Bateau : Cortège : Menuet : Ballet
- Tea for Two – Shostakovich, arr. Cann
- Waltz ‘Tales from the Vienna Woods’ – J.Strauss, arr. Cann
*Première written for Bledington Brass Ensemble
Listen to the Cann Twins playing live in New York, playing Strauss Blue Danube
Free Morning Concert
Thurs 11:30 SM | St Leonard’s Church
DAVID’S ‘SONG CYCLE’ project, includes Vaughan Williams – Songs of Travel, plus other songs by local composers.
David will be cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End in aid of the charity and giving his song recital at venues and festivals along the way. We are pleased that he has chosen Bledington and we can showcase Gloucestershire composers such as Howells, Finzi and Ivor Gurney.
There will be a Retiring Collection for the charity ‘LIVE MUSIC NOW’ – founded over 40 years ago by Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker CBE.
“Music, amongst all the great arts, is the language which penetrates most deeply into the human spirit, reaching people through every barrier, disability, language and circumstance. This is why it has been my dream to bring music back into the lives of those people whose lives are especially prone to stress and suffering… so that it might comfort, heal and bring delight.” – Yehudi Menuhin
LMN (Live Music Now) selects young, professional musicians who combine exceptional performing skills with special qualities of insight, generosity of spirit and flexibility. We enhance their skills through our distinctive approach to training and performance, and send them out into the community to perform for older people and children with special educational needs across the UK.
Thurs 7:30 PM | St Leonard’s Church
Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine, ‘Rising Star’). In 2016, she won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Young Artist Award’ in recognition of outstanding achievements.
Her programme is varied, interesting and vibrant, a great climax to the 2018 season.
Clare Hammond, pianist returns to us to close the festival with more romantic music.
- Haydn – Fantasia in C major, Hob XVII:4 (6’)
- Attahir – Sahirat (2016, 9’)
- Schubert – Impromptus, D. 899 (30′)
- Mendelssohn – The Bee’s Wedding Op. 67, No. 4 (2′)
Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. Rachmaninov) – Flight of the Bumblebee (2′)
- Campbell – Flight of the Killer Bee (2013, 3′)
- Debussy – Preludes (17’ – Voiles, Feux d’artifice, La Cathédrale Engloutie, Les Collines d’Anacapri)
- Stravinsky – Petroushka Suite (16’)
The Concerts take place at:
St Leonard’s Church,
OX7 6XD UK
Tel 01608 658503
Our Sincere Thanks To All Of Our Supporters this Year