The Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival starts on Thursday June 21. Festival Directors Richard Lester and Anthony Marwood are joined by internationally renowned guest artists to take the audience on a sumptuous journey through the 19th century.
The opening programme includes Schubert’s Rondo in B minor for violin and piano D.895 (the “Rondeau Brillant”), the Schumann Piano Trio in G minor, Op.110 and Brahms String Sextet in G major, Op.36. This last piece was written for Agathe von Siebold following the end of her relationship with the composer, as the young Brahms finds a maturing style to bid her farewell.
Appearing at this first concert at the church of St Peter and St Paul, Peasmarsh, will be Anthony Marwood, Huw Watkins, Mark Steinberg, Richard Lester, Dénes Várjon, Navarra String Quartet, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Edvard Pogossian.
Members of the Navarra String Quartet have also been working with participants from our education workshops. Led by Sam Glazer, composer and inspiring leader of this interactive concert programme, the children of Peasmarsh and Beckley schools will be presenting their compositions at the Young Composers concert on Friday 22. This performance is free but it is advisable to book because of limited space.
The full concert series spreads over four days of music-making, one highlight being the Britten Sinfonia, “one of the world’s most celebrated and pioneering ensembles.” This orchestral concert at St Mary’s church, Rye on Friday 22 will include works by Haydn, Boccherini and Leonard Bernstein.
The full festival programme can be found here – see also our preview.
Source: Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival brochure
Photos: courtesy of Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival