Friday, 12 August 2022

World-class chamber music back at church

THIS coming Thursday (September 17) sees the ever popular West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival return for

THIS coming Thursday (September 17) sees the ever popular West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival return for the fifth time to the Church of St Lawrence at the spectacular summit of West Wycombe Hill.

Artistic director and world-renowned viola player Lawrence Power has created a truly unique opportunity to hear locally some of the most internationally celebrated musicians performing today,

writes Trevor Howell.

The church’s centuries-old walls, warm acoustic and complete absence of intrusive traffic noise make for an atmospheric venue. And, if previous experience is anything to go by, audiences will be blown away by the musicians’ virtuosity, their evident enjoyment and the freshness of their playing. It is chamber music at its most inspiring and an opportunity not to be missed.

Power brings together a clutch of eminent instrumentalists to perform an interesting mixture of well- and lesser-known chamber works. This year’s guests are cellists Adrian Brendel and Bjorg Lewis, pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips, violinists Anthony Marwood, Stephanie Gonley and Annabelle Meare, and the viola player James Boyd.

And for the first time, Mark Padmore, considered by many to be one of the most important tenors in the world today, will be joining them in the opening concert to perform two masterpieces by Vaughan Williams, as well as Ravel’s evocative

Five Greek Folk Songs

The instrumental programme features important works from the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries, including masterpieces like Vaughan Williams’s

On Wenlock Edge
, Ravel’s

String Quartet
, Kodaly’s

, and Brahms’s

Horn Trio
, and the magical

String Octet
by Georges Enesco. In addition, there will be performances of some cornerstones of the repertoire such as Mozart’s
The event runs until Saturday, September 19. Early booking is advised. Tickets are available from 01494 528659 or 07948 897148 or by emailing tickets@westwycombe For full programme details, visit

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