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13 – 15 September 2024


 Welcome to York Chamber Music Festival   2024 
 13 – 15 September 

Welcome from Tim Lowe (Artistic Director)

For the 2024 festival I have gathered together another crop of the best string players in the country, all playing at the top of their game! The Leeds Piano Competition prize winner, American pianist, Andrew Brownell returns to us after a long absence.

The programme spotlights the centenary of the death of Gabriel Fauré, so we will play his beautiful Piano Quartet No. 1 Op.15 – a piece that after the French defeat in 1871 at the end of the Franco-Prussian war led the renaissance of French musical culture and defined its distinctive sound-world. In his older age, his Second 'Cello Sonata, is an amazingly youthful and life-affirming work for a composer in his late seventies and by then, sharing with Beethoven a composer’s worst nightmare, unable to hear, arguably, their greatest music.

The festival launches with a French themed 'cello recital (Debussy, Fauré, and Nadia Boulanger). In the Saturday lunchtime concert I will team up with flautist Sam Coles and Andrew Brownell in beautifully tuneful works by Weber and Hummel. The Weber trio sound to me more like an opera; full of arias and drama!

Saturday evening features quartets (Fauré and Brahms). En route we play two Quintets (both with additional violas), Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet, like Brahms’s sextet, a youthful work and maybe his greatest chamber music. And where would we be without a Haydn String Quartet, this year his lyrical Op. 33 No. 3 “The Bird”. So come and hear duos, trios, quartets, quintets and finishing up on Sunday afternoon with the wonderfully life affirming Brahms String Sextet, Op.18, one of his greatest works and which was a turning point in his career.


A Photograph of Tim Lowe, Artistic Director

PS please note that due to the cost of printing programmes I would ask you to read the programme notes on line and print them out at home from the pdf. At the concerts there will be a ‘two-sides of A4’ short version with everything you need to know immediately about the music. Biographies of the players are available via the YCMF website.

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A Photograph of Steven Isserlis playing the cello

Steven Isserlis (Cello)

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