The Tetbury Music Festival 2009
1 - 4 October
The programme opens on Thursday with a group of Maestri
of the younger generation who have been working together
at the world-famous International Musicians Seminar at
Prussia Cove under the creative inspiration of Steven
Isserlis. They bring us this treat of a chamber concert,
full of powerful melodies and rich harmonies, and give
us a rare opportunity to hear the delights of the
Sibelius quartet and Franck piano quintet.
On Friday we have a six-course musical feast. The
finery of the Baroque Era is displayed by masters of its
art; the glories of ravishing concertos for organ,
trumpet, soprano, oboes, performed by soloists and
period musicians hand picked by the inimitable Richard
Academy of Ancient Music.
Music to reverberate in the candle-filled beauty of the
On Saturday morning we are delighted to be joined by the
Navarra String Quartet, who won the
MIDEM Outstanding Young Artist Award in Cannes in 2008.
The players of this prize-winning young string quartet
are noted for the finesse and subtlety of their sound
and ensemble. They bring us two works at the core of
the string quartet repertoire; the tuneful ebullience
of the Mendelssohn contrasts with the deeply-felt late
quartet of Beethoven, truly one of his greatest works.
This concert will be recorded by the BBC for
transmission on Radio 3 on Wed 28 Oct 2009 at 13:00
On Saturday evening
returns to the Festival, with the pianist
Steven Isserlis is acknowledged as one of the greatest
living cellists, and we are delighted that he returns
to play for the Tetbury Festival with the sparkling
Hungarian pianist Denes Varjon. With his unique and
compelling interpretations, Steven brings us an
inventive and fascinating programme, which also
celebrates a number of anniversaries.
On Sunday early evening
The Sixteen with Harry Christophers,
in a programme which focuses on the three hundred
and fiftieth anniversary of Purcell's birth and James
MacMillan's fiftieth birthday, Bright Orb of
Harmony, will weave for us a transcendently
beautiful tapestry of sacred music with a precision
and glory of sound that is unequalled - a fitting place
to end up at the close of another marvelous Festival.
Last year some of the concerts were
sell-outs before the event, so you might want
to take advantage of priority booking for 2009
by becoming a Dolphin.
We look forward to seeing you later this year.
Graham Kean and Elise Smith, Co-Directors
The Tetbury Music Festival - 2009