• Sacconi Chamber Music Festival • 18-20 May 2018 • Folkestone •

2015 Festival Events

Friday 15 May at 7.00pm

concert

St. Mary & St. Eanswythe's Church, Folkestone

with Chi-chi Nwanoku (double bass) and John Paul Ekins (piano)

A night of contrasting works opens this year’s Festival. Haydn’s bright and optimistic G major quartet is juxtaposed by the introspective darkness of one of Sibelius’ finest mature works. Our bass section is then augmented for Dvořák’s lively string quintet, before we are taken into the passion of the Tchaikovsky trio.

Friday night’s extended concert will be in two parts, with a short break between the Sibelius and Dvořák and a longer interval before the Tchaikovsky.

Haydn: String Quartet in G major, Op. 76, No.1
Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56 ‘Intimate Voices’
Dvorak: String Quintet in G major, Op. 77
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50

Saturday 16 May at 7.00pm

concert

St. Mary & St. Eanswythe's Church, Folkestone

with Charles Owen (piano) and the Royal College of Music Chamber Orchestra

We open the Saturday orchestral concert with a tour de force of extraordinary textures, styles and images, and one of Britten’s finest works. Then, Bach’s virtuosic D minor concerto will be brought to life by the wonderful pianist Charles Owen. To finish we will be joining forces with the RCM’s Marmen Quartet to perform the epic and exhilarating Mendelssohn Octet.
Continuing our commitment to providing performing opportunities for young musicians, we will be once again inviting a hand-picked string orchestra of talented string players from the Royal College of Music (where the Sacconis are Quartet in Association) to perform with us in this concert.
Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
Bach: Piano Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052
Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat major, Op. 20

Saturday 16 May at 9.30pm

concert

St. Eanswythe's Primary School, Folkestone

with Jon Boden

‘The Juliet Letters’, a ‘Shakespearean song-cycle’
This year’s late-night concert is a performance of ‘The Juliet Letters’, a unique and compelling ‘Shakespearean song-cycle’ for string quartet and singer written by Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet in 1993. We will be performing with singer Jon Boden. Jon is lead singer of contemporary folk band Bellowhead, and is the recipient of more BBC Folk Music Awards than any other artist.

Sunday 17 May at 3.00pm

concert

St. Mary & St. Eanswythe's Church, Folkestone

with Charles Owen (piano)

After a selection of Grieg’s delightful miniatures, Charles Owen performs the late Schubert B flat sonata, one of his most poignant and expressive works. It was written during the last few months of Schubert’s life and is the last of a trilogy of piano sonatas, and indeed the last piano work he ever composed.
Grieg: Lyric Pieces (selection)
Schubert: Piano Sonata in B flat major, D.960

Sunday 17 May at 7.00pm

concert

St. Mary & St. Eanswythe's Church, Folkestone

with Charles Owen (piano)

This evening’s works show both Shostakovich and Beethoven at the height of their compositional power. Fugues and counterpoint dominate much of the writing. In the Festival finale, we are given a chance to re-examine this year’s theme: ‘Intimate Voices’. Beethoven’s quartet is an intimate and highly complex dialogue taken to a superhuman level.
Schubert: Quartett-Satz
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57
Beethoven: String Quartet in C sharp minor, Op. 131

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