Introduction 2009

Programme 2009

Previous Festivals

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 Egarr and Academy of Ancient Music. Music to reverberate in the candle-filled beauty of the church.

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 Steven Isserlis returns to the Festival, with the pianist
Denes Varjon. 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