Music Lovers, Friends, Artists, Colleagues, please join us in celebrating our 30th Anniversary.
Hear and meet artists making LDSM débuts, greet returning artists, experience old music anew, enjoy world premières and commissions interspersed with opera at Fellinis, jazz at Zeffirellis, and a Viola Extravaganza in our Blackwell series!
The renowned Armonico Consort opens our Festival with Pergolesi’s Stabat mater and Purcell’s masterpiece Dido and Aeneas. Its second concert, Greensleeves, beckons families and all who love traditional folk melodies from the British Isles.
Making his UK festival début, Van Cliburn prizewinner Vadim Kholodenko plays a romantic programme with Medtner, Brahms and Schumann.
Vision and sound fuse with silent film given voice. The inspiration of 15th century French vocal music illuminates Dreyer’s masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc with the Orlando Consort. Commissioned by LDSM, Luke Bedford composes for the brilliant Apollo Saxophone Quartet who bring their own wit and ingenuity to Meliès’s pioneering film cameos.
With chamber music at our heart, the Kuss String Quartet plays two generous programmes, including the Brahms Quintet with one of the UK’s leading clarinettists, Timothy Orpen.
Heralding music from Eastern Europe, Janáček and Kodály stand with Dvořák, whose ‘folk’ spontaneity will captivate all with both of his piano quartets in the distinguished playing of the Frith Piano Quartet while his rarely-heard Piano Quintet No.1 makes its first LDSM performance with the LDSM Artists Ensemble preceded by Janáček.
From northern climes, Sibelius and Nielsen celebrate 150th anniversaries. Pro Musica teams Sibelius with Beethoven, Kodály and evergreen Schubert. This follows a family afternoon of vivid fantasy, drama and intrigue as Emily Hennessey reveals the Firebird of Russian folklore…
1915 World War 1 anguish and hope is embodied in music when words fall silent. The distinguished cellist Gregor Horsch and Andrew Brownell frame Sibelius, Kodály and Debussy with Bach and Beethoven while Benjamin Appl and James Baillieu take us from George Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad to Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin. Morning recitals bring us Roger Chase and Andrew Dunlop playing Bliss’s great Viola Sonata; Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale Suite features when Timothy Orpen and Andrew Brownell are joined by Levon Chilingirian and narrator. At Zeffirellis the Tina May Jazz Quartet pays tribute to Edith Piaf, born in 1915.
Masterclasses at Brathay Hall spotlight our Academy tutors and students. Closing our 30th Anniversary, the candlelit Serenade Concert showcases Academy soloists and ensembles. Abundant talent immersed in music old and new is our passport to future decades of music, ever renewing, ever evolving.
This brings our profound thanks to all our artists, colleagues, and volunteers who give so much to so many.
Renna Kellaway MBE,
Founder & Artistic Director