Rehearsals are open to the public

Thursday June 8th
4.30 pm Talk + performance
Respectable Folk
When composers draw on traditional music, their motives are often more than just musical. Robert Philip explores this fascinating relationship, using examples taken from this year’s festival. The programme will include performances of Vaughan Williams folk songs for clarinet and piano together with folk songs for soprano and harp by Britten.
Thursday June 8th
7.00 pm Main Concert
Haydn Piano Trio no. 39 in G major
(Gypsy Rondo), Hob. XV no. 25
Schumann Five Pieces in Folk Style for Cello and Piano, Op. 102
Grainger Folk settings including ‘Molly on the Shore ‘ and ‘Country Gardens’
Berio Folk Songs for Soprano and Seven Instruments.
Dvořák Czech Suite for Octet, Op. 39 (Arr. Guido Schaeffer)
The Gaudier Ensemble is joined by mezzo-soprano Victoria Simmonds

Thursday June 8th
10.00 pm Late Concert

From Brigg Fair to Strawberry Fair

Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson perform a Folk concert with the Gaudier Ensemble: traditional songs and dances that inspired English composers, from Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Butterworth and Percy Grainger to Benjamin Britten.
Folk songs collected from traditional singers in the early years of the Twentieth Century have provided some of our best-loved melodies, which seem to represent the very essence of the English countryside. Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson perform a selection of these inspirational songs and dance tunes, and talk about the singers, song collectors and composers, and the search for ‘the music of the people.’
Friday June 9th
7.30 pm Evening Concert
Bartók Rumanian Folk Dances, arranged for wind quintet
Vaughan Williams Quintet in C minor for Piano and Strings
Spohr Nonet in F major for Winds and Strings, Op. 31
Characterful folk music from Bartok complements Vaughan Williams’s romantic early Quintet and Spohr’s irrepressibly joyful Nonet.
Saturday June 10th
11.30 am Coffee Concert
(suitable both for adults and for children aged seven and above)
A lively, informal and entertaining concert introduced by The Gaudier Ensemble. The programme includes:
Gershwin ‘I got rhythm’ and ‘It ain’t necessarily so’
Saint-Saëns Tarantella for Flute, Clarinet and Piano
Saturday June 10th
7.30 pm Main Concert



Divertimento Notturno (Octet)
In G major, G. 470

Beethoven Quintet in Eb major for Piano and Winds, Op. 16
Schubert Quintet in C major for Strings, D. 956
In an unusual combination, The Gaudier Ensemble performs Boccherini’s Divertimento Notturno alongside Beethoven’s wonderful Quintet – leading beautifully to one of the true masterpieces of chamber music by Schubert.
Sunday June 11th
12.00 noon Lunchtime Concert
Janáček Mládí (Youth) for Wind Sextet
Dvořák Serenade in D minor for Wind Instruments, Cello and Double Bass, Op. 44
The Gaudier Ensemble performs alongside advanced students from the Royal College of Music in two glorious Czech masterpieces for winds.
Sunday June 11th
6.00 pm Main Concert (please note early start)
Mozart Quartet in F major for Oboe and Strings, K. 370
Berwald Grand Septet in Bb major for Winds and Strings
Dvořák Piano Quintet no. 2 in A major, Op. 81
A programme of tuneful and individual works for strings, wind and piano. Berwald, who studied with Beethoven, produced one of his finest works in his great septet. One of Dvořák’s most attractive works, considered a masterpiece of the quintet form, concludes this year’s Festival.
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