Castalian Quartet Tuesday 20 November
Lunchtime concerts can bring a real sense of joy and well being to an intense and crowded life. I recently had that pleasure at the Wigmore Hall where two of our Festival lunchtime performers delighted a packed house. Since I booked them a year ago the Castalian Quartet have been taking the world by storm, winning two prestigious awards in 2018, the Inaugural MERITO String Quartet Award, and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. They have given debut concerts in Washington DC, the Lincoln Centre, Montreal, Vancouver, Konzerthaus Vienna, the Louvre in Paris… At the Wigmore Hall they performed the complete Haydn Op.76 Quartets. You can enjoy them at St John’s Spencer Hill. Tuesday 20 November performing one of the Haydn Op.76 quartets, No.2 in D minor. Also Beethoven’s Op.59 No.2 in E minor, ‘Rasumovsky No.2.’
Daniel Lebhardt piano recital Tuesday 13 November
Performing the mighty Brahms Piano Quintet with the Castalian was another of our lunchtime New Generation Artists, Daniel Lebhard. Again,since booking him a year ago he has had a splendid 2017-8 season making his debut with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra in St. Petersburg and the CBSO Youth Orchestra in Birmingham. He returned to the Louvre in Paris, and Festspiele Mecklenburg- Vorpommern in Germany and gave concerts in the USA, Canada, China, Colombia, Argentina and Chile.
His programme on Tuesday 13 November will include two huge works. Schubert’s Sonata jn G, D.894 was described by Robert Schumann as the “most perfect in form and conception” of all Schubert’s sonatas. This is followed by Rachmaninov’s massive Sonata No.2 in B flat minor Op.36.
"Daniel Lebhardt rose to (Rachmaninov Sonata No. 2’s) fearsome technical challenges giving the work both a propulsive dramatic sweep and lots of soulful lyricism. The result was intensely exciting, imaginative and full of colour." Nottingham Post
Trio Isimsiz Friday 16 November
The curiously called Piano Trio Isimsiz (meaning ‘without a name’ in Turkish!) has been having every bit as much success as the others performing widely in Europe. On Friday 16 November they will be performing masterworks by Beethoven, Piano Trio Op.70 No.2, and Brahms Piano Trio No.2, Op.87.
Yehudi Menuhin School Friday 23 November
Students of the Yehudi Menuhin School continue their annual visits on Friday 23 November. Their programme remains a surprise and will be revealed on the day.
Come and Enjoy these lunchtime treats given by these excellent New Generation Artists