West Meon Music Festival 2022

The festival runs from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September, and we have another wonderful programme this year with some exceptional guests joining the renowned Primrose Piano Quartet.

The Thursday, Friday & Saturday evening concerts are all candlelit, and beautifully atmospheric. This year’s eight concerts include four solo or duo recitals, favourite works for chamber ensembles and a late night introduction to Schoenberg.

The Primrose Piano Quartet opens proceedings on the Thursday night with a lovely programme of Beethoven, Shostakovich & Tchaikovsky, then on the Friday evening we’re absolutely delighted to welcome Helen Charlston, who won First Prize in the 2018 Handel Singing Competition, was a Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for 2017-19 and is a 2018 City Music Foundation Artist. As The Telegraph commented “Acclaimed for her musical interpretation, presence and “warmly distinctive tone Helen Charlston is quickly cementing herself as a key performer in the next generation of British singers.”

The Saturday morning concert features the Primrose’s cellist, Andrew Fuller, with classical guitarist John Mills, who studied with Segovia, in a musical tour of Spanish & Latin American music in the lovely Church of All Saints in East Meon. The Saturday afternoon has a wonderful baroque violin recital, in the beautiful Church of our Lady in Warnford, with Huw Daniel, leader of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Christopher Bucknall on harpsichord. Saturday evening features the Primrose and guests in a terrific programme of Viennese classics – Mozart, Beethoven & Schubert.

On Sunday morning we have the exceptionally gifted young Bulgarian pianist, Emanuil Ivanov, joining us for a wonderful programme which promises to be an absolute treat. Emanuil has attracted international acclaim since winning the 2019 Ferruccio Busoni Piano Competition in Italy, at the tender age of 19. The Festival finale on Sunday afternoon is always a fabulous occasion, with the Primrose joined by guests Jonathan Martindale on violin, Kirsten Jenson on cello & Norbert Blume on viola, for an afternoon of Mozart, Beethoven & Schubert.

Ticket prices range from £10 – £20, with students just £5 and accompanied children £1. Festival passes which offer great savings are available for £105 in the centre aisle and £85 in the side aisles. The evening concerts include a glass of wine, and refreshments are served at all the concerts.

More information is available on the website www.westmeonmusic.co.uk.

Download the brochure (200 kB PDF).

Image: The Primrose Piano Quartet

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