By Alan Davies
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
HATFIELD House will once again ring with the sound of chamber music as a major music festival returns next week.
The second Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival will take place at the Hertfordshire stately home between Thursday, September 19 and Sunday, September 22.
The event, launched last year by artistic director and cellist Guy Johnston, brings international musicians to the beautiful venues of Hatfield House.
Acclaimed musician Guy said: “We are extremely grateful to The Marquis of Salisbury for his support and enthusiasm for the project.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase international chamber musicians in the stunning settings of Hatfield House.”
This year’s musicians in residence include Guy Johnston, the Aronowitz Ensemble, Navarra Quartet, Tom Poster, Esther Hoppe, Alastair Beatson, BBC New Generation Artist Ruby Hughes, Kristian Bezouidenhout, Anthony Marwood and Lawrence Power.
The festival begins with two educational events for children on Thursday, September 19, supported by Harpenden Music Foundation.
The opening concert takes place in the Old Palace on Friday, September 20 featuring works by Brahms, Britten and Mendelssohn.
Saturday, September 21 brings two concerts in the marvellous Marble Hall – French Song featuring Ruby Hughes and Fantasie featuring works by Strauss, Brahms and Schubert.
Sunday morning features fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout performing Mozart and the festival finale will gather all the musicians in residence together to form the Hatfield House Chamber Orchestra, performing works by Grieg, Elgar and ending with Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, featuring Anthony Marwood and Lawrence Power.
The Court Yard Restaurant will be open before each concert offering a range of drinks, meals and snacks.
* For more information about the festival, visit www.hatfieldhousemusicfestival.org.uk
Tickets can be purchased online and from Harpenden Musicale on 01582 713333.