"We are hopeful that we can be with you ‘live' for the 2021 York Chamber Music Festival" 
I hope you are keeping safe and well. As you know the 2020 festival was reconceived as an online event. The three concerts are still free to view. We had an audience/viewers for the three concerts of well over 1,500. So it was worthwhile reaching out.

Looking forward to this September we are hopeful that we can be ‘live’. Clearly there are still uncertainties about this but I am happy to announce that Angela Hewitt is coming to play a recital and to join the other festival artists for a gala concert. The world famous violinist Anthony Marwood is returning with two other fantastic string players, Pablo Hernan (Violin) and Lilli Maijala (viola) and the wonderful pianist John Paul Ekins will also be with us to make up our team for 2021. 

As you might guess Angela Hewitt is bringing an enticing programme for her recital which speaks for itself. I’m sure this will a joyous occasion. In other concerts we are continuing our exploration of Schumann’s unique musical imagination – “…miracle after miracle” as Steven Isserlis said – and our beloved Mozart/Haydn/Mendelssohn. We end the festival with one of the most sunlit chamber music works, Dvorak’s Piano Quintet with Angela Hewitt joining us.

I’m very much looking forward to seeing you at the 2021 York Chamber Music Festival. Everything is in place so fingers crossed we can gather in Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall on 16th September. This is by no means certain and as the Covid situation becomes clearer over the summer we will update you and, fingers crossed, let you know when the box office is open. For now, the very best of wishes to you all.

Tim Lowe
Festival Director


2021 Programme

16 – 18 September 2021



Thursday 16 September  7:30pm 
Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York



Angela Hewitt


François ‘Le Grand’ Couperin (1668 – 1733)   Book III Dix-Huitième Ordre

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)  Piano Sonata No. 6 in D major, K.284




Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)  Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 894

Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Suite No. 4 in F major, BWV 809

Johann Sebastian Bach  - (arr. d’Albert)  Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582


Ticket £15 unreserved



Friday 17 September 1:00pm – 2:00pm  
Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York


Lunchtime Recital 

by Tim Lowe (cello) and John Paul Ekins (Piano)


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) 12 Variations on a Theme from Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabaeus Wo0 45

Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) Fantasiestücke, for Cello and Piano, Op. 73

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873 – 1943) Sonata for Cello and Piano in in G minor, Op. 19


Ticket £10 unreserved



Friday 17 September 7:30pm
National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church



by Festival Artists

Anthony Marwood  and  Pablo Hernan (Violins)  

Lilli Maijala (viola)  Tim Lowe (cello)


Josef Haydn (1732 – 1809)  String Quartet in C Major, Op. 54, No. 2

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80



Robert Schumann  (1810 – 1856) String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1



Saturday 18 September 1:00pm – 2:00pm  
Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York


Lunchtime Recital 

by John Paul Ekins (Piano)


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) Piano Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90

Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886) Sonetto del Petrarca, S.270/2

Franz Liszt - Liebesträume No. 1 in A Flat, S.541/1

Ludwig van Beethoven -  Adelaide Op. 46, (arr. for piano by F. Liszt)


Ticket £10 unreserved



Saturday 18 September   7.30pm    
Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York


Gala Concert

by Festival Artists


Anthony Marwood  and  Pablo Hernan (Violins)  

Lilli Maijala (viola)  Tim Lowe (cello)

Angela Hewitt (piano)


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)  String Quartet No. 17 "The Hunt", K. 458

Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911) Piano Quartet in A Minor



Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904) Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81

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Steven Isserlis (Cello)

Festival Patron


Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major,
Op. 102, No. 2

Tim Lowe (Cello)
and Andrew Brownell (Piano)

“... compelling in every respect: probing, virtuosic and yielding by turns – a true example of outstanding musicianship.” Musical Opinion




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