The 2017 festival will run between Saturday 24th June and Saturday 1st July 2017.
> Saturday 24th June 2017 @ 7:30pm – £16
Austonley Brass (dectet) & Neil Taylor (organ)
This brass dectet boasts some of the most sought after brass musicians and educators in the country; every player is a soloist in their own right. Neil Taylor, formerly Director of Music at Sheffield Cathedral, will play the church’s recently refurbished Laycock and Bannister organ.
> Sunday 25th June 2017 @ 6:30pm
> Monday 26th June 2017 @ 7:30pm – £18
Jacqui Dankworth & Charlie Wood
Celebrated vocalist Jacqui Dankworth is accompanied by her husband, singer/pianist Charlie Wood. In a programme entitled “Just Me, Just You” Jacqui will present songs from her many original recordings, including interpretations of jazz standards and specially arranged duet versions of some of her favourite classic and contemporary numbers, from Duke Ellington to Carole King and from Lil Hardin Armstrong to Lizz Wright.
> Tuesday 27th June 2017 @ 7:30pm – £18
Escher String Quartet
Formed in 2005 in New York, the Escher String Quartet quickly caught the attention of key musical figures worldwide and has subsequently built on its success, becoming known for its beautifully blended sound, intelligent shaping and depth of musical perception. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet made its BBC Proms debut at Cadogan Hall in 2012. The group is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall and Artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre, New York.
> Wednesday 28th June 2017 @ 7:30pm – £22
Benjamin Grosvenor (piano) & Hyeyoon Park (Violin)
Benjamin first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven. (Nicola Benedetti was the overall winner that year!) Benjamin makes his third visit to Bradfield and it is true to say that he loves to play at our Festival . As part of this concert Benjamin will share the platform with Hyeyoon Park.
On the concert platform Hyeyoon Park combines integrity with elegance, focus with panache, all of which makes her an artist of true style and virtuosity. In 2012 Hyeyoon received the London Music Masters Award, which brought her to prominent venues in the UK. Passionate about education, this award has also provided her with a platform to bring her music and performance into London’s schools, many in underprivileged areas. She was previously awarded the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2011 and she was the youngest ever first prize winner of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich.
> Thursday 29th June 2017 @ 7:30pm – £18
Songsmiths – Elizabeth Watts(soprano), Nicky Spence (baritone), Christopher Ainslie (counter tenor) & Audrey Hyland (piano)
Songsmiths was founded in 2012 by the pianist Audrey Hyland. The aim of the group is to connect songs in varied languages and styles in order to unite the world of song through a common theme, story and emotional journey. Songsmiths brings together one of Sheffield’s most loved sopranos, Elizabeth Watts, and two other talented young opera singers Nicky Spence (tenor) and Christopher Ainslee (counter-tenor) in a programme of music entitled “Secrets and Obsessions”.
> Friday 30th June 2017 @ 7:30pm – £22
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
A return visit by these marvellous London-based musicians. Drawn from the principal players of the orchestra, the Chamber Ensemble tours as a string octet, string sextet, and in other configurations including wind ensembles
> Saturday 1st July 2017 @ 7:30pm – £16
ZRI – Max Baillie (violin), Matthew Sharp (cello), Ben Harlan (clarinet), Jon Banks (accordion), Iris Pissaride (santouri)
ZRI is a group of musicians who come together to give a flavour of the music Brahms, Schubert and others would have listened to in the Viennese tavern ‘Zum Roten Igel’ – The Red Hedgehog Tavern. Come and let your hair down! The evening’s music is based around Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet.
The movements of the quintet are interspersed with Hungarian dances, gypsy tunes and Jewish Klezmer melodies – the repertoire of the gypsy bands Brahms loved listening to.
We hope you agree that this is an outstanding list of musicians, many of whom are not seen at other venues in this area. We strive to bring top quality musicians to this unique Festival.