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Alastair Beatson


 Welcome to York Chamber Music Festival 2022
16 – 18 September





Message from Tim Lowe  (Artistic Director)

For some years I have wanted to focus on the wonderful string sextet repertoire and finally it is happening! We will play four of the very greatest sextets – Boccherini (the first string sextet as far as we know), Brahms’s heart-warming/glowing Sextet in B flat, Richard Strauss’s sextet embedded at the beginning of his last opera Capriccio and Tchaikovsky’s joyous recollection of his favourite place in his Souvenir de Florence.

Welcome Tristan Gurney and Jonathan Stone (Violins), Sarah-Jane Bradley and Scott Dickenson (Violas) and Marie Bitlloch joins me on cello. My handpicked team of friends are among the best string players in the country; expect great chemistry!!

More by accident than design the 2022 programme also has a focus on Vienna with music composed there by Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Richard Strauss and Ravel.


For quite a few years I have asked my friend the Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson to come to the festival and finally his diary and ours coincide!  The Times critic described Alasdair as “Artistry Incarnate”. I assure you this is not hyperbole!! I am thrilled that he will play for my cello recital and join the other Festival Artists in the Gala Concert on Saturday evening.

Alasdair’s solo recital, which he calls ‘Echoes of Vienna’, is certainly one of the highlights of the festival – not to be missed! He’s playing Schubert, Ravel and Schumann all recollecting or portrait painting a picture of the vibrant city of Vienna: a hub of musical creativity without parallel and the capital of the waltz!!


Do join us for some sumptuous, truly world class string playing from my hand-picked team. And LET'S HEAR IT FOR VIENNA! Welcome to York Chamber Music Festival 2022.

Scott-Dickenson (viola) replied to my invitation:

“This rep and you lovely people will be totally delicious” …

I couldn’t agree more!!



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Steven Isserlis (Cello)

Festival Patron