Lichfield Festival Chamber Music Weekend

A new annual Festival weekend celebrating the joy of music, featuring established artists and rising stars from the world of classical music.  Our 2021 artists include the Brodsky Quartet, pianist Clare Hammond, guitarist Craig Ogden, soprano Galina Averina, and the Pelleas Ensemble (with harpist Oliver Wass), performing works by Bach, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, Ravel and Rachmaninov.

Please see the Lichfield Chamber Festival for further information and to purchase tickets for the following events. PLEASE NOTE AMENDED START TIMES TO PRINTED MATERIAL.

The Goldberg Variations with Craig OgdenSponsored by Nigel O’Mara (In Vino Veritas Ltd)
Thursday 14/10 7:30pm – 9pm £18

A stunning and sensitive new transcription of Bach’s much-loved Goldberg Variations, for star guitarist, Craig Ogden, David Juritz (violin/arranger) and Tim Hugh (cello).

Galina Averina soprano
Friday 15/10 5pm – 6pm £16

Soprano Galina Averina sings Schumann’s song cycle ‘Frauenliebe und -leben’ plus songs by Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, with Caroline Dowdle (piano).

Clare Hammond
Friday 15/10 8pm – 9:30pm £18

A pianist of “amazing power and panache”, Clare Hammond plays a programme including Brahms’ 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 118, Piazzolla’s Suite from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and Szymanowski’s Variations on a Polish Theme.

Musical Explorers – Children concert with Clare Hammond 
Pianist Clare Hammond presents a programme of captivating short pieces and tells the stories that lie behind the music, ask the audience to solve puzzles, and play musical games (advised age group 4-8 years).
Leo Popplewell (cello) & Antonina Suhanova (piano) – Sponsored by Nigel O’Mara (In Vino Veritas Ltd)  
Saturday 16/10 @ 4pm – 5pm £14

A dynamic young cellist who plays with “full-blooded commitment” and “delicious dancing grace”, Leo Popplewell appears for a Young Artist recital with pianist Antonina Suhanova, thanks to the support of the Countess of Munster Trust Recital Scheme.  His programmes features music by Beethoven and Rachmaninov.

Brodsky Quartet – sponsored by Shirley and Richard Newby
Since its formation in 1972 the Brodsky Quartet has performed over 3000 concerts on the major stages of the world and released more than 60 recordings. Their typically eclectic programme culminates in a performance of Schubert’s masterwork, Quartet D. 810 ‘Death and the Maiden’, alongside works by Purcell, Puccini and Shosktakovich.
Hannah Condliffe & Dominic Doutney 
Sunday 17/10 12pm – 1pm £14
Hannah Condliffe (oboe) won the prestigious Munster Trust Neil Black Prize in 2019 and joins us for her performance thanks to the Countess of Munster Trust Recital Scheme.  Amongst her many early career highlights, she has toured with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Esa-Pekkaa Salonen.  She is joined today by pianist Dominic Doutney (piano), a former winner of the Royal Over Seas League Keyboard Award for music by Saint-Saëns, Britten and Poulenc.
Melodys of Earth & Sky – music inspired by the poetry of John Clare – Sponsored by Nigel O’Mara (In Vino Veritas Ltd)
A very special project comes to our Chamber Weekend featuring music and the poetry of John Clare with Ionel Manciu violin (left) – a 2021 Festival Young Artist (solo violin and as part of the Mithras Trio) – and Lichfield Festival Board Member, Kate Romano clarinets, with music by Julian Philips and readings of Clare’s works by Jonathan Gunthorpe (the Festival’s Papageno in 2017’s production of The Magic Flute). 
The Pelleas Ensemble with Oliver Wass (harp)

The Pelléas Ensemble was formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011. Playing with “verve and polish” (The Times), they won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award in 2018, and the 2017 Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the Royal Overseas League competition. Their programme features French music (Ravel, Ibert, Debussy), plus works by Prokofiev, Piazzolla and Rodney Bennett.

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