Lawrence Power, Festival Artistic Director

Artistic Director's Welcome

"Music to Hear"

(Shakespeare Sonnet no.8)

Greetings! I'm delighted to announce here the programme for the forthcoming 2016 West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival. Please do take a moment to have a look at some of the exciting music we will be performing ... As well as the wonderful musicians who are returning to the festival, this year there will be a few festival firsts! We will be joined by the world renowned Violist and Conductor Maxim Rysanov as well as in my opinion the finest horn player performing today Richard Watkins. For the final Gala Concert I'm honoured to be joined by a small group of Friends and Colleagues who will perform as part of the WWCMF Festival Orchestra. Concluding the festival will be Mozart's sublime masterpiece Sinfonia Concertante with myself and the extraordinary violinist Anthony Marwood.

As this year marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare I thought it would be interesting to take Music and Words as a focus for this year's festival. For the opening Shakespeare themed concert we will be joined by the wonderful BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service, who I am sure is familiar to us all from such programmes as Music Matters and the BBC Proms. As well as other exciting things Tom will be reading from the Heiligenstadt Testament - the incredibly moving Last Will and Testament written by Beethoven in 1802.

Finally, in April we had a lovely Festival Friends launch at the stunning Lea Barn - this invaluable scheme helps the festival so much and allows us to keep presenting these exciting programmes and musicians. It's also a lovely way to get to know the audience personally. If you would like to become a Friend and support us please do visit the Friends page for all the exciting benefits.

I do hope you can join us for what is always such a special few days of music making.

Until September!

Lawrence Power, Artistic Director



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