Lawrence Power, Festival Artistic Director

Welcome to the 2019 West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival!

We had a such a wonderful response to the festival last year, thank you to everyone who came to support us, especially the musicians who helped make it such a special year.

As ever it’s a privilege to be able to share my musical passions with such extraordinary colleagues and friends. This year, as well as including some wide ranging cornerstones of the repertoire by Marais, Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Janacek, Mozart, Ysaye and others ... we will also be exploring the magical universe of the composer and violist Garth Knox. I have been a huge admirer of his artistry for many years and I’m elated to welcome him this year as ‘composer in residence’. He will also be performing with many artists now familiar to the festival. It’s very special to welcome back the phenomenal Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang for the whole festival this year. As well as the Collegium Orchestra, the pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips, cellist John Meyerscough and others.

Also this year we have added two Postlude concerts which will happen after Concerts 1 and 3. The first will be a surprise and we will decide on the evening what this will involve. Not necessarily just music, watch this space! The second will be a performance of Shostakovich Viola Sonata - the final work and last thoughts of this extraordinary and multi-faceted composer. I have always felt that somehow this work needs to stand alone, such is the intensity the music. I think it will be very special in our enchanting venue.

Preparations are well under way now and I’m so looking forward to these 7 special programmes - as well as our annual masterclass which is a wonderful way to hear some of the most exciting young string players studying today. Some of whom now join us as part of the Collegium Orchestra.

I do hope you are able to join us again for what I hope will be a special few days of concerts.

Lawrence Power, Artistic Director

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