Saturday 26 September, 7.30pm
The Goods Shed
Manu Brazo, saxophone
Bryan Evans, piano

The concert will include the following:

Ralph Vaughan Williams Six Studies in English Folk Song

Donald Martino A Gershwin Fantasy  

Donato Lovreglio La Traviata Fantasy

Manuel de Falla Siete Canciones Populares

Pedro Itturalde Pequena Czardas

George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

 
Thursday 1 October, 7.30pm
St Marys' Church
Eusebius String Quartet

Joseph Haydn String Quartet in C major, Opus 9 No 1
Leoš Janáček String Quartet No 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata
INTERVAL
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in E flat Major, Opus 127 No 12

Formed in 2016, the Eusebius Quartet already has a strong international reputation, having performed in Italy and the USA as well as extensively in the UK. In 2021 the ensemble will be visiting China. In this concert they perform Janáček’s unforgettably intense Kreutzer Sonata Quartet (based on a story by Tolstoy, referencing a work by Beethoven). Before and after it we hear music by Haydn, ‘Father of the String Quartet’, and one of Beethoven’s sublime and profound late masterpieces.

Friday 2 October, 7.30pm
St Marys' Church
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
Hyeyoon Park, violin

Karol Szymanowski  Myths, Opus 30
César Franck  Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major
INTERVAL  
Ludwig van Beethoven  Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, Opus 47, ‘Kreutzer’

 

Benjamin Grosvenor’s mesmerising pianism and dedicated musicianship delighted audiences at the 2018 Tetbury Music Festival. This year he returns with his duo partner the violinist Hyeyoon Park, who has played at prestigious venues throughout the world since making her orchestral debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at the age of nine. Their recital contrasts the poetic and evocative music of Szymanowski with the warm-hearted melodiousness of César Franck’s beloved Sonata. It closes with Beethoven’s most famous and physically exhilarating Violin Sonata, the Kreutzer.

 
 
Saturday 3 October, 6.30pm
St Marys' Church
Iestyn Davies, countertenor
Thomas Dunford, lute

‘England’s Orpheus’ – songs and instrumental music by Henry Purcell, John Dowland, George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Marin Marais and Robert de Visse

 

Two of the composers in this concert, Purcell and Handel, were compared in their lifetime to Orpheus, the supreme musician in Greek mythology. Their music is combined with the exquisite lute songs of John Dowland to create a programme of rare beauty. We also encounter works by two French masters of the Baroque and by Germany’s mighty J.S. Bach, the latter through Thomas Dunford’s own transcription of the First Cello Suite. Iestyn Davies’s expressive countertenor is heard in lead roles in the world’s great opera houses, while Thomas Dunford’s artistry and eclectic tastes have earned him the accolade ‘the Eric Clapton of the lute’.

 
Sunday 4 October, 5pm
St Marys' Church
The Orchestra of St John’s
Conducted by John Lubbock

Edward Elgar Serenade for Strings in E minor, Opus 20

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Oboe Concerto in C major, K 314
William Walton  Two Pieces from ‘Henry V’
Joseph Haydn  Symphony No 44 in E minor

 

John Lubbock founded the Orchestra of St John’s in 1967 when he was studying at the Royal Academy of Music. For more than 50 years he and the orchestra have brought the joys of great music to communities who might not otherwise have experienced it first-hand. At the same time the ensemble, under Lubbock’s leadership, has gained a reputation with critics and the public for performances of the utmost subtlety and musical integrity. For Tetbury they play works by the two greatest masters of Viennese Classicism, together with music rooted in both the soil and the soul of England.

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