Festival Début Concert

Mathilde Milwidsky (violin) Huw Watkins (piano)

11.00am Thursday, 9 August 2018

Carver Church, Windermere

£16 Unreserved Seating

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Bartók Romanian Folk Dances 6’

Beamish Wild Swans, for violin and piano 7’

C Schumann Three Romances, Op.22 9¾’

Beethoven Violin Sonata No.8 in G major, Op.30 No.3 17½’

M Berkeley A Dark Waltz WORLD PREMIÈRE 2’

Grieg Violin Sonata No.3 in C minor, Op.45 23¾’

Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel 8¾’

Ravel Tzigane 9¾’

Supported by the Royal Over-Seas League

London-born, but of Lithuanian and Latvian lineage, Mathilde Milwidsky brings this cosmopolitan mix to her programme. A former student of old Festival friend György Pauk at the Royal Academy of Music, we bow to his Hungarian roots, and Hungary and Romania‘s centenary, with Bartók‘s Romanian folk arrangements to open, and Ravel‘s showpiece for Hungarian virtuoso Jelly d‘Arányi to close. We also light 100 candles for Estonia, in Arvo Pärt‘s transcendental work. While LDSM is marking Michael Berkeley‘s 70th birthday, today‘s première was written as in memoriam tribute to Sir John Manduell, who would have been pleased to be remembered alongside a new work by Sally Beamish commissioned by Mathilde. More from Mathilde – and more Pärt – in our closing concert tomorrow night, and more Grieg tonight.