Ulverston International Music Festival 2017
Wednesday 7th June 2017 to Saturday 17th June 2017
The Ulverston International Music Festival presents classical and jazz artists of international renown through a programme of concerts and Outreach work, bringing the world's best musicians to Furness and Cumbria. The festival was founded by pianist Anthony Hewitt in 2004 and it has grown in size and stature and now features over twenty events annually, including orchestral and choral concerts - Download Festival Brochure
7th June 2017 - 7.30pm - Tosca - Coronation Hall - Prices from £20.00 - Students / U18's £2 - Olivier Award-winning English Touring Opera returns to the Coronation Hall as part of Ulverston International Music Festival, bringing a complete opera experience with large cast and 25-piece live orchestra. Pre-concert talk: 6.15pm (ticket-holders only). Puccini’s Tosca is one of the world’s best-loved operas, brimming with lust, corruption and intrigue. When the firebrand revolutionary Cavaradossi is imprisoned, Tosca is faced with an impossible choice: submitting to the desires of the sadistic chief of police, or allowing her lover to be executed. This visceral depiction of love and power in the midst of political terror, is directed by award-winning Blanche McIntyre, new to opera but fresh from some revelatory work in the theatre. Alongside conductor Michael Rosewell and the ETO Orchestra, soprano Paula Sides/Tosca, tenor Alexander Edwards/Cavaradossi, and baritone Craig Smith/Scarpia enhance the dramaturgy with Puccini’s lyrical lines, bringing the score to life. "A spirited production” - The Stage
8th June 2017 - 7.30pm - Choral Concert - Ulverston Parish Church - £16, Students / U18's £2 - Ulverston Festival Chorus, directed by John Powell, present a powerful evening of choral favourites alongside organist Adrian Self, Anthony Hewitt, and selected soloists from English Touring Opera. The evening opens with a collection of three of Schumann’s most famous songs, sung by soprano Luci Briginshaw and accompanied by Anthony Hewitt. Mondnacht ('Moon Night') is a universally-beloved setting of an Eichendorff poem - acknowledged to be one of the German language’s lyric marvels - and written by Schumann when his Lieder output was at its height. Widmung ('Dedication') and Mein schöner Stern! ('My beautiful Star!') were both written as expressions of love for his wife Clara (Widmung was in fact a wedding present) and are settings of poems by Rückert.
Dichterliebe, or 'A Poet’s Love' is one of his best-known song cycles, set to texts by poet Heinrich Heine. Written whilst the composer was separated from his beloved Clara, Dichterliebe is often considered a celebration of both happy and difficult times; a nostalgic reminiscence of their life together. Baritone Henry Neill sings, with Anthony Hewitt at the piano. Dvorak’s Mass in D Major - written to include solos, choir, and organ - offers a mass setting which was considered to be magnificent by many critics at its premiere and since. Dvorak was delighted at such an opportunity to express his faith, and wrote of his composition: "Do not be surprised that I am so devout, but an artist who is not cannot achieve anything like this".
9th June 2017 - 1pm - Passacaglia - Ulverston Parish Church - £8, Students / U18's £2 - In Telemann’s 250th anniversary year, Passacaglia celebrate this charismatic and well-travelled composer who made a life’s work from publishing and transmitting music for the ‘pleasure of the people’. "Finely crafted performances from a star line-up" Early Music Review. "The now well-established group Passacaglia… recreate the spirit as well as the sound of the music… combining the two to make a performance of irrepressible joy" Gramophone
Passacaglia (left) and the Remi Harris Trio who are performing at the Ulverston International Music Festival
9th June 2017 - 7.30pm - Celebrity Recital - Coronation Hall - £16, Students / U18's £2 - With Michael Collins on clarinet and Anthony Hewitt on piano. From Brahms to Lutoslawski, this varied programme encompasses many facets of the clarinet repertoire. Despite similarity of form, the Brahms and Poulenc offer two opposing perspectives on the Sonata, whilst Lutoslawski's lively Dance Preludes and Finzi's beautiful Five Bagatelles explore further the range, colour and character of the instrument. "Michael Collins plays with an irresistible exuberance that I’ve not heard equalled." Gramophone "Anthony Hewitt's performance is exemplary in all respects" Classical Music Net
10th June 2017 - 7.30pm - Jazz Night: Remi Harris Trio - Coronation Hall - £16, Students / U18s £2 - The Remi Harris Trio take gypsy swing characteristics and infuse them with influences from jazz, blues, rock'n'roll, funk, world music and more. They play an eclectic mix of original compositions, jazz standards and new arrangements of music from Django Reinhardt, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, Peter Green, The Beatles and more. Primarily self-taught with the help of his Dad's guitar magazines and records, Remi started playing at the age of 7, initially inspired by rock and blues guitarists of the 60s and 70s such as Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green and Jimmy Page. In his late teens he developed an interest in jazz music, in particular artists such as Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz. Since then he has been growing a reputation for blending all of his influences into his own individual style of playing.
11th June 2017 - 7.30pm - Jess Gillam - Coronation Hall - £16, Students / U18s £2 - Jess presents a programme of varied repertoire ranging from classical arrangements to jazz-favourites, alongside Anthony Hewitt on piano and a string quartet from the Royal Northern College of Music. Jess Gillam made history in 2016 as the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year, and is fast gaining international recognition as one of the most exciting young saxophonists of today. She is already in demand as both recitalist and concerto soloist, and upcoming highlights include engagements with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra and Sinfonia Cymru. Programme to include: Williams - Escapades; Ravel - Pièce en forme de Habanera; Marcello - Saxophone Concerto in C minor. Pre-concert talk: 6.15pm
12th June 2017 - 1.30pm - Jess Gillam Children's Concert - Coronation Hall - Jess is the Young Ambassador for the Ulverston International Music Festival. Alongside pianist and Artistic Director Anthony Hewitt, Jess is responsible for personally engaging with hundreds of local schoolchildren through UIMF’s outreach and education programmes. Hot off her success at the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, Jess will be back again with a concert designed especially for the younger audience. She’ll introduce us to the vibrant world of the saxophone with some funky pieces, chat about her experiences performing on television, and show a few video clips. There’ll even be a bit of audience participation too, concluding with a chance to ask a few questions. Come along to be entertained and amazed at Jess’s extraordinary talent. Family Deal: Two adults plus two under 18s for £18. Students / U18's £2
Saxophonist Jess Gillam and the Castalian String Quartet are performing in Ulverston
12th June 2017 - 8pm - Castalian String Quartet - Swarthmoor Hall, Swarthmoor Hall Lane, Ulverston LA12 0JQ - £16, Students/U18's £2 - The Castalian String Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene. This intimate evening at Swarthmoor Hall offers a programme of Brahms and Bartok, two of the most innovative composers of their respective generations. If you have booked a Castalian String Quartet pre-concert meal deal at 6.30pm, please pre-book from the Supper Menu provided and advise Swarthmoor Hall of your choice by 5 June 2017. (Tel:01229 583204). Sini Simonen - Violin; Daniel Roberts – Violin; Charlotte Bonneton – Viola; Christopher Graves - Cello. Brahms - String Quartet no.3, Bb Major. Bartok - String Quartet no.6, D Major. [Note: Encore Performance on Tuesday 13th June at 6pm] "The Castalian Quartet has a reputation for creating an impact." Bachtrack
13th June 2017 - 4pm - A Brief Encounter - Roxy Cinema, Brogden Street, Ulverston LA12 7A - Tickets from £7 - Join us at The Roxy - Ulverston’s very own Art Deco cinema - for a special Festival screening of Brief Encounter, Noel Coward’s romantic classic of 1945. With Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No.2 a prominent feature of the soundtrack, this showing also sets the scene for our subsequent 'Composer Portrait' concert: Elégie. “This masterpiece of romantic cinema was conceived in another time and place when sexual repression and self-sacrifice made moral sense, but it’s still a wonderful film.” Guardian. “An uncommonly good little picture” NY Times.
13th June 2017 - 6pm - Castalian String Quartet - Swarthmoor Hall - £16, Students / U18s £2 - The Castalian String Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene. This intimate evening at Swarthmoor Hall offers a programme of Brahms and Bartok, two of the most innovative composers of their respective generations. If you have booked a Castalian String Quartet post-concert meal deal at 7.30pm, please pre-book from the Supper Menu provided and advise Swarthmoor Hall of your choice by 5 June 2017. (Tel: 01229 583204)
13th June 2017 - 8pm - Elégie: Rachmaninoff - A Heart In Exile - Coronation Hall - Lucy Parham - Piano, Alistair McGowan - Narrator. - £13, Students/U18's £2 - Elégie is the fifth ‘Composer Portrait’ concert to be compiled and scripted by pianist Lucy Parham, chronicling the life of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff. Actor Alistair McGowan - reading from letters and diaries - chronicles the composer’s youth in Russia, subsequent self-imposed exile, and final emigration to the USA. The programme includes many of his best-loved works for solo piano, including a selection of Preludes, Etudes-Tableaux and Moments Musicaux, the haunting Elégie, as well as works by Chopin, Scriabin and Tchaikovsky. Lucy Parham: "A highly gifted and sensitive musician. This was playing of real artistry and stylistic conviction." The Telegraph. Alistair McGowan: “there’s no denying the brilliance of 90 per cent of his mimicries - either uncannily close or foregrounding quirks in their pronunciation.” The Scotsman.
*Rachmaninoff Deal - Brief Encounter & Elégie: Save by booking both shows together in advance.
14th June 2017 - 1.00pm - Rising Star Piano Recital - Ulverston Parish Church - £8.00, Students / U18s £2 - Dominic Degavino - Piano; Bach - Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, BWV.849; Rachmaninoff - Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42; Takemitsu - Rain Tree Sketch, Rain Tree Sketch II Carter - Piano Sonata. Dominic Degavino is an accomplished young pianist and passionate performer. He has recently made his Wigmore Hall debut, and has performed at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London and the Southbank Centre as part of the Park Lane Group’s New Year Series. In this varied programme he presents an eclectic mix of different 20th century works preceded by Bach’s solemn and expressive C Sharp Minor Prelude and Fugue. “Dominic Degavino showed himself a real communicator of the music” Manchester Evening News. “Degavino’s a pianist worth watching” The Times
14th June 2017 - 7.30pm - Chamber Music Greats - Coronation Hall - Anthony Hewitt - Piano; Castalian String Quartet: Sini Simonen - Violin; Daniel Roberts - Violin; Charlotte Bonneton - Viola; Christopher Graves – Cello. Shostakovich - Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op.9; Webern - 6 Bagatelles, Op.57; Schumann - String Quartet in A Minor, Op.41/1 - £13, Students / U18s £2. Anthony Hewitt joins the Castalian String Quartet for this performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G minor. The Quintet is one of Shostakovich’s most popular works and the critics were unstinting in their praise after its premiere in 1940. Schumann’s Op.41 - completed a century prior in 1842 - is his only contribution to the string quartet genre, written in a year of chamber music composition and dedicated to Mendelssohn. Breaching the gap between the two larger works, Webern’s 6 Bagatelles (1911-13) represent the tonal shift towards absolute Serialism by the Second Viennese School in the early 20th century. “The Castalian Quartet has a reputation for creating an impact.” Bachtrack. Anthony Hewitt: "A remarkably gifted artist" - The Gramophone
15th June 2017 - 5:30pm - Family Concert - Coronation Hall - Tickets: £8, Students /U18's £2, Family Deal: Two adults plus two under 18s for £18. - Having inspired and engaged Ulverston audiences in 2014, O Duo make a welcome return to the festival for a dynamic Family Concert with local schools helping them out with some rhythmic fun! This highly exciting duo will be introducing the children to the world of percussion. It will be fun, informative and entertaining and will involve the whole audience as well as some smaller groups called on stage to help out with various different items in the programme. Although aimed at families, this concert is suitable for anyone wanting to know more about percussion, and experience at close hand the different sounds and ways these instruments can be played.
16th June 2017 - 1pm - Rising Star Viola Recital - Ulverston Parish Church - Timothy Ridout (Viola) & Anthony Hewitt (Piano) - £8, Students / U18s £2 - Bowen - Sonata no.1, C Minor, Bowen - Sonata no.2, F Major - Timothy Ridout is a prominent violist - the first ever British winner of the International Tertis Competition - and much in demand as both a soloist and chamber musician. York Bowen's compositional output included much for the viola, written specifically for the pioneering virtuoso violist Lionel Tertis. We hear both of Bowen's Sonatas today. Written in 1905, these two highly contrasting works nevertheless both feature Bowen's brazenly Romantic style. Timothy is joined by Anthony Hewitt for this vibrant lunchtime recital. Timothy Ridout: "….praised for the warmth and eloquence of his tone." The Strad. Anthony Hewitt: "A player who obviously posesses a strong affinity with this style" Classical Web
16th June 2017 - 7.30pm - Royal Northern Sinfonia - Coronation Hall - £16, Students / U18s £2 - Pianist Anthony Hewitt’s communicative performances have earned him critical acclaim worldwide as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. He joins the Royal Northern Sinfonia as soloist for Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor; one of the most well-known works for solo piano & orchestra and Grieg’s only Piano Concerto. The Royal Northern Sinfonia have established themselves as the Ulverston International Music Festival’s Orchestra, returning annually to present inspirational performances of orchestral repertoire. Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, also known as the Pastoral Symphony, evokes a rural setting from the outset. From the initial marking of the first movement: “Awakening of cheerful feelings upon arrival in the countryside”; Beethoven proceeds to explore a series of pastoral scenes with a variety of orchestral colour. This promises to be an exquisite evening, not to be missed.
17th June 2017 - 7.30pm - Paprika - Coronation Hall - £16, Students / U18s £2 - Hailing from Romania, Serbia and the UK, Paprika unite traditional Eastern European, Balkan, Gypsy and Classical Music. The band focuses on bringing rare and lost traditional Balkan music back to life, and has appeared on BBC World on 3 and Radio 5 Live in addition to performances at Kings Place London, the Bradford Festival and Cheltenham Music Festival. Combining violin, accordion, guitar, bass, and percussion, Paprika offer an energetic evening of toe-tapping music exploring a variety of performance traditions. Popular folk favourites presented alongside classical repertoire mean there is something for everyone in this unmissable Festival finale. Featuring Bogdan Vacarescu: Violin; Milos Milivojevic: Accordion; Zivorad Nikolic: Accordion; Vladimir Strkalj: Guitar; James Opstad: Bass; Rastko Rasic: Drums. "Toe-tappingly good, with the audience whooping and cheering from the first note" Cheltenham Festival
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