Tickets for the 13th West Meon Music Festival are now on sale, with eight concerts over the four-day event from September 14 to 17.
There will be a wide range of classical music to appeal to all tastes – favourite chamber pieces, song and piano recitals, early music and composers from Monteverdi to Mahler, Schubert to Schoenberg.
It opens on a Thursday evening with founders the Primrose Piano Quartet performing Brahms’ A major Piano Quartet as well as duo works by Mozart and Schubert.
The Friday evening sees a recital by Thomas Kelly – winner of numerous international piano competition prizes – followed by Who’s Afraid of Arnold Schoenberg?, an informal late-night concert by the Primrose exploring his work.
On the Saturday the festival spreads out across the Meon Valley. In the morning the strings of the Primrose will perform a version of Bach’s Goldberg Variations at East Meon’s historic All Saints Church, while in the afternoon the beautiful 12th century Church of Our Lady at Warnford hosts The Gonzaga Band performing works from the Age of Monteverdi.
On the Saturday evening the Primrose are back at West Meon Church with Schubert’s Trout Quintet followed on the Sunday by a morning recital of French song with acclaimed young soprano Harriet Burns.
The French theme continues for the Festival Finale in the afternoon, with works by Fauré, Chopin, Saint-Saëns, Françaix and Bizet.
The Primrose Piano Quartet – Susanne Stanzeleit (violin), Dorothea Vogel (viola), Andrew Fuller (cello) and John Thwaites (piano) – is one of the country’s leading ensembles and its acclaimed discography includes classical favourites as well as many unjustly neglected works by early 20th-century British composers.
Its major commissions include piano quartets written for it by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Anthony Payne, and it appears regularly in London at Kings Place and the Conway Hall.