Our Artistic Director, Nicholas Daniel, introduces the 2017 festival:
'To send light into the darkness of men's hearts – such is the duty of the artist.'
I am delighted to announce that the programme for 2017 will celebrate the music of J S Bach and Robert Schumann. In addition to hearing some of these composers' most brilliant works for keyboard and small ensemble, there will also be arrangements of Bach by Max Reger for piano four hands, pieces by Clara Schumann, the Brahms Horn Trio and Romancendres by Heinz Holliger, which was inspired by Schumann.
Performing these works is a team of some of the most stunningly brilliant musicians I know, coming together in Leicester for a whole week in order to concentrate on music at its best for an audience they love.
In order to make the festival sustainable and keep ticket prices affordable for as many people as possible, we need your help. This presents you with an opportunity not just to support an excellent local musical endeavour, but also to build a relationship with an established festival and wonderful artists.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
I do hope very much that you will feel able to support us, so that we can welcome friends old and new.
Programme (slightly revised 6/4/17 with details of our special family event)
Bach arr. Reger: Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G, BWV 1048 (12')
Piano four hands
Schumann: Märchenbilder, Op 113 (16')
Viola and piano
Schumann: Piano Trio No 2 in F, Op 80 (25')
Bach: Partita No 3 in E, BWV 1006 (18')
Schumann: 5 Stücke in Volkston, Op 102 (18')
Cello, oboe and piano
Schumann: Violin Sonata No 3 in A minor, WoO 27 (20')
Bach: Partita in A minor, BWV 1013 (11')
Schumann: Piano Trio No 3 in G minor, Op 110 (27')
Bach: Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 (11')
Charles Owen (piano)
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op 88 (20')
Schumann: 4 pieces from Fantasiestücke, Op 12 (12')
Katya Apekisheva (piano)
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op 73 (10')
Oboe and piano
Bach arr. Reger: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 (13')
Piano four hands
Heinz Holliger: Romancendres (movements 1-3) (12')
Cello and piano
Written in remembrance of the Romances for cello that Clara Schumann destroyed on the advice of Brahms
Schumann arr. Kirchner: 6 Studies in canonic form, Op 56 (18')
Oboe, cello and piano
Bach: Suite No 4 in E flat, BWV 1010 (22’)
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat, Op 44 (40')
Saturday daytime, time TBC: Festival Family Jam Session presented by Nicholas Daniel
Pop up performances all over the museum, and in the grounds, weather permitting. Families encouraged to come, everyone welcome, culminating in a 'happening' in the Gallery where people come and go as they please. Babies can crawl around, children can come close to the players, photo and video encouraged, social media coverage by attendees of the event encouraged. Selfies with the artists and explanations of the instruments.
Repertoire: all short pieces drawn from the existing programme.
To include last movement of the Schumann piano quartet, solo Bach extracts on solo violin, viola and cello,
Bach: Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring oboe and piano, Schumann Waldgesprach on horn and piano, Brandenburg 3 on piano four hands. Movement of Brahms Horn Trio.
Bach: Partita in D, BWV 828 (30’)
Charles Owen (piano)
Brahms: Horn Trio in E flat, Op 40 (30')
Horn, violin and piano
Schumann arr. Colin Matthews: Mondnacht (from Liederkreis, Op 39) (5')
Oboe and string trio
Bach arr. Schumann: Chaconne (from the Partita No 2 in D minor, BWV 1004) (7')
Violin and piano
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat, Op 47 (30')
Please note the following:
1. The Board would like to thank all those who support the festival. If you donate £20 or more, we’d like to include your name as a list of donors. Please let us know if you do not want this to happen.
2. In order to comply with gift aid regulations, some donations will also include a purchase element to cover the cost of the benefits as stated under each amount. You will pay your chosen amount on this platform, and if you make a gift aid declaration we will be able to claim back tax on this amount. Such claims are processed by our Treasurer manually and will adjust for this.
3. The Board has to look after the artists. This means that any contact with artists is subject to availability, contingent on a range of factors, including the needs of artists. The Board reserves the right to substitute this as necessary.
4. To make sure everything goes well any meeting with an artist will have at least one Board member present.
5. The Board reserves the right to substitute any and all benefits at its sole discretion; in the event of any such substitution or substitutions, refunds of neither donative or purchase element of any funds given to the Crowdfunding campaign or any other shall be given.