Monday 7 September 2015

Classic and modern - Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival 2015

Guy Johnston
Guy Johnston
Guy Johnston and the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival are back for another long weekend of chamber music delights in and around Hatfield House. Running from 24 September to 27 September 2015 there are events in the Marble Hall of Hatfield House, the Old Palace and St Etheldreda's Church. The theme of the festival is Vienna, with music from both the first and second Viennese schools. The Navarra String Quintet open things with a concert of Haydn, Mozart and Schubert in which they are joined by Guy Johnston for Schubert's String Quintet in C major and by Matthew Hunt for Mozart's Clarinet Quintet. And things conclude in fine style on Sunday 27 September when Stephen Cleobury conducts the choir of Kings College Cambridge and the Haydn Chamber Orchestra in Mozart' Requiem and music from Charlotte Bray's Winter is Past and there is a pre-concert talk by Nicholas Kenyon on Mozart: Man, Myth and Music.

Between the two there is more classic chamber music by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert alongside more recent examples of the genre including Webern and more from Charlotte Bray including a new commission. Nicolas Daniel will be the soloist in Mozart's Oboe Quartet, and Ruby Hughes will be singing Schubert and Mahler songs alongside Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht with pianist Tom Poster, the Navarra String Quartet, plus Guy Johnson and Rosalind Ventris. On the Sunday afternoon in the Riding School there is a youth concert with Gonzalo Acosta directing the Musicale Young Artists' Chamber Orchestra in Strauss waltzes.

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