Tour of Northern Summer Festivals

01 July 2015 / News

As you read this, we’ll be in transit to the UK for performances at two of England’s most prestigious arts festivals. First stop is the Cheltenham Festival, where we’ll be performing in the charming Pittville Pump Room, the largest of Cheltenham’s spa buildings, built in the 1820s as part of a pleasure garden. We’ll be presenting works by John Psathas and our late, dear friend Jack Body, as well as works by Haydn and Brahms – the latter with young British clarinettist Julian Bliss.  The next day we’ll be in the opulent surroundings of Goldsmith’s Hall, the most luxurious of the City of London’s ancient livery halls, performing works by Ross Harris, Haydn, Stravinsky, and Brahms. We’ll also be featuring on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme on Friday, 3 July at 4.30pm. Click here to listen back to the programme ‘on demand’.

Then it’s across the Atlantic to Rolf’s homeland, Canada, where we’ll play at two ‘boutique’ festivals:  the Festival Lachine in Montreal and the Waterside Summer Series on picturesque Amherst Island in Ontario. We’ll be taking time out of the festival circuit to record the 2nd in our series of Brahms CDs for Naxos (this one featuring his Clarinet Quintet as well as the String Quartet no 3 in B flat) in Toronto, before making our annual pilgrimage to the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ontario.  This wonderful 3-week music festival is directed by our good friend, clarinettist James Campbell (who toured with us last year for Chamber Music New Zealand), and we feel enormously honoured to be invited back for the 11th year running, to perform amongst colleagues and audience members who have become our friends over the years.

Lastly, our tour of summer festivals will take us to New Hampshire, USA, for the 50th anniversary of the Monadnock Festival. The festival has a strong commitment to contemporary music and, over the years, has commissioned works from composers such as Aaron Copland, John Adams, Elliot Carter and Virgil Thompson. We’re proud to be presenting the music of John Psathas, amongst other works, at a special 50th reunion concert.

You’ll find details of our UK/North American performances on the Upcoming Events page of our website – if you happen to be in the same place at the same time as us, we’d love to see you!

Tuesday 7 July               Cheltenham Festival (UK)

Wednesday 8 July          City of London Festival (UK)

Friday 10 July                 Festival Lachine (Montreal, Canada)

Sunday 12 July               Waterside Festival (Amherst Island, Canada)

18-24 July                       Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound, Canada)

Sunday 26 July                Monadnock Festival (New Hampshire, USA)

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