2022 Programme

The 2022 festival will run from 25th June to 2nd July 2022.

After two years of postponing the Bradfield Festival of Music due to COVID safety concerns, we arrive at the 25th year of the festival in its current format.  There were festivals dating from the late 1800’s and we are very pleased to be able, finally, to pick up in 2022 where we left off.

We are very happy that many of the artists who were hoping to perform in 2020 have continued to remain committed to the festival and will now appear in 2022.  As always, the performances will be held in St Nicholas Church, High Bradfield with its extraordinary acoustics and soul-feeding views over the undulating landscapes of the Peak District.

All programmes are subject to confirmation.

Saturday 25th June, 7:30pm – Apollo5

Apollo5 3

The international award-winning British a capella ensemble are known for their wide repertoire from renaissance, classical and contemporary choral music to folk, jazz and pop. They have recently been included in Gramophone magazine’s favourite albums of 2021 with its new album ‘A Deep but Dazzling Darkness’: a collection that invites you to ‘coorie doon’ and enjoy music of comfort and joy.

Detailed programme to follow.

Sunday 26th June, 6:30pm – Choral Evensong

With the Choir of St Nicholas’ Church, Bradfield and a guest preacher.

Monday 27th June, 7:30pm – Brodsky Quartet

Brodsky Quartet

Spanning a career of 50 years, the Brodsky Quartet have over 3000 concerts and more than 60 recordings to their name. A natural curiosity and insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in many artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a place at the very forefront of the international chamber music scene but also a rich and varied musical existence. Their energy and craftsmanship have attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide, while ongoing educational work provides a vehicle for passing on experience and staying in touch with the next generation.

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Chaconne
James MacMillan (b. 1959) For Sonny
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) String Quartet  No. 3
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) String Quartet

Tuesday 28th June, 7:30pm – Jeneba Kanneh Mason

Jeneba Kanneh-Mason

Jeneba Kanneh-Mason is nineteen years old and holds the Victoria Robey Scholarship to The Royal College of Music, studying piano with Vanessa Latarche. Jeneba was a Keyboard Category Finalist in BBC Young Musician 2018, winner of the Murs du Son Prize at the Lagny-Sur-Marne International Piano Competition in France, 2014, and The Nottingham Young Musician 2013. She was also winner of the Iris Dyer Piano Prize at The Royal Academy of Music, Junior Academy, where she studied with Patsy Toh. She has played numerous concerts in England, Wales, Paris and the Caribbean, as a recital and concerto soloist and as a chamber musician.

For the Bradfield Festival of Music she performs a solo piano recital.

Detailed programme to follow.

Wednesday 29th June, 7:30pm – Benjamin Frith Piano Quartet

Frith Piano Quartet

The Frith Piano Quartet was formed in 2001 by a group of like-minded musicians who wanted to explore the wealth of wonderful music written for the piano quartet medium. The group comprises the pianist Benjamin Frith, violinist Robert Heard, violist Louise Williams and cellist Richard Jenkinson.

Programme subject to confirmation.

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) Piano Quartet No. 2, Op. 87.
Joaquín Turina (1882-1949) Piano Quartet, Op. 67.

Thursday 30th June, 7:30pm – Jean Johnson and Danny Driver

The clarinet and piano duo of Jean Johnson and Danny Driver perform a concert of music from the late 19th century to the present day.

Charles Villiers Stanford  (1852-1924) Sonata Op. 129
Arthur Bliss  (1891-1975) Pastorale
John Ireland (1879-1962) Fantasy Sonata in E flat
Colin Riley (b. 1963) Shenanigans
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Sonata in E flat Op. 120 No. 2

Friday 1st July, 7:30pm – Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber

In this intimate with evening with Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber. Julian introduces his fellow-cellist wife Jiaxin in a programme of three of Bach’s most popular Suites for Cello alongside the Fantasy for Cello by Malcolm Arnold which was composed for Julian in 1987.

JS Bach (1685-1750) Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
JS Bach Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006) Fantasy for Cello, Op. 130 (1987)
JS Bach Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009

Saturday 2nd July, 7:30pm – Bella Tromba

Portrait shoot. Japanese Garden, Peckham Rye Park. Sunday 5 June 2016.
Photograph: James Berry

Bella Tromba is a unique brass ensemble performing chamber music extensively in the UK and abroad. The Royal Opera House, Cheltenham Music Festival, the South Bank, Classic FM and BBC Radio 2 and 3 have all featured Bella Tromba.

Winners of the Park Lane Group Young Artist Award, the quartet has been active in the performance of many new works. They have commissioned and premiered works by Paul Edlin (Purcell Room), Howard Skempton (Cheltenham Music Festival) and Bruce Nockles (Stretton Arts Festival).

London based freelance trumpet players; the members of Bella Tromba have the combined experience of playing for Britten Sinfonia, English National Ballet, London Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.

Bella Tromba were presented with Recommended Artists status by Making Music and were invited to the International Women’s Brass Conference in Toronto, Canada to perform as Guest Artists.

The support of Denis wick Ltd, Ralph Vaughan-Williams Trust and the Britten-Pears Foundation has ensured a wealth of repertoire for this distinctive ensemble.

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610): Deus in Adiutorium meum intende Deus Seraphim. Arranged by Jo Harris.
Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1633) O Vos Omnes (1611). Arranged by Paul Archibald.
Peter Longworth (b. 1988) Days of Bells and Flying Creatures (2017).
George Enescu (1881-1955) Au Soir (1910) Nocturne for Four Trumpets.
Vincent d’Indy (1851-1931) Rondino (1911).
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) Le Secret (1879). Arranged by Jo Harris.
Henri Tomasi (1901-1971) Suite for Three Trumpets (1964).
Traditional Cornish Sweet Nightingale. Arranged by Becca Toft.
David Ferguson Miles
George Gershwin (1898-1937) I Got Rhythm (1930).