Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival begins January 2014

PUBLISHED: 11:13 28 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:28 03 December 2013

Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival

Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival


Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival takes place this year from January 11 to 19. It features leading chamber musicians-in-residence playing seminal works of classical music across the Wye Valley.

Daniel Tong, Artistic Director 
© Benjamin HarteDaniel Tong, Artistic Director © Benjamin Harte

Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival takes place this year from January 11 to 19. It features leading chamber musicians-in-residence playing seminal works of classical music across the Wye Valley.

Wye Valley Chamber Music was established in 2000 to bring world-class chamber music to intimate venues up and down the Wye Valley. Since its inaugural year, when founders Daniel Tong and Fiona McNaught brought a group of young musicians on a ‘chamber music retreat’ to St Briavels Castle, the organisation has grown to become an important year-round cultural presence in the Wye Valley.

The festival takes place every January when around 25 leading chamber musicians take up residence in Treowen Manor for a week. The musicians live and work together for the duration of the festival, emerging to perform concerts in historic venues in the local area.

This year’s festival explores a range of ‘Conversations in Music’: between Stravinsky and Debussy, Beethoven and Haydn, and between Wagner and those who followed in his wake.

Simon Crawford-Phillips, Artistic Director 
© Urban JörenSimon Crawford-Phillips, Artistic Director © Urban Jören


2014 Musicians:

Piano: Alasdair Beatson, Simon Crawford-Phillips, Daniel Tong, Joseph Tong

Violin: Malin Broman, Florence Cooke, Arisa Fujita, Tom Hankey, Claire Sterling, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Sara Wolstenholme

Kate Gould (Cello)
© Robert Carpenter TurnerKate Gould (Cello) © Robert Carpenter Turner

Viola: Tom Dunn, Simone Jandl, Martin Saving, Malin William-Olsson

Cello: Marie Bitlloch, Kate Gould, Guy Johnston, Richard Lester, Robin Michael, Alice Neary

Clarinet: Robert Plane

The Celan Quartet Mathilde Milwidsky, Tim Crawford, Timothy Ridout, Tim Posner

Alasdair Beatson
© Giorgia BertazziAlasdair Beatson © Giorgia Bertazzi


Saturday 11th January

Mozart Day at the Bishop’s Palace, Hereford

Includes a variety of Mozart’s works, from 3pm.

Sunday 12th January

St Briavels Church, St Briavels

Conversations in Music. Features works by Stravinsky and Debussy, from 5pm.

Thursday 16th January

Treowen Manor, Monmouth

Works by Dvořák and Beethoven after a talk by Susannah Fiennes on ‘The Language of Art’

From 5pm.

Saturday 18th January

Discovery Day at Treowen Manor, Monmouth.

Conversations in Music. Richard Wigmore hosts a day focussing on the language and communication of Haydn and Beethoven.

Talks and discussions will complement complete performances of the two masters’ works. 11.30am - 6.00pm.

Sunday 19th January

“In the wake of Wagner” at Hellens Manor, Much Marcle

The influence of Wagner upon other composers, featuring performances of works by Wagner, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Liszt and others.

From 12pm.


Visit www.wyevalleyfestival.com for further information and to book tickets.


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