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Music at Paxton… Plus: Phoenix Duo, cello & piano duo

Cellist Josiah Duhlstine and pianist Catriona Mackenzie will play a winning combination of classical music to make you smile, including Beethoven's playful variations on a theme from Mozart's opera 'The Magic Flute', and arrangements of Scottish and American traditional music. Concert presented in association with Live Music Now Scotland and Paxton House.

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Roderick Williams, baritone & Susie Allan, piano: With Jerome Knox, baritone

The Great Outdoors G Butterworth: Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad Songs by CW Orr, John Ireland, Ruth Gipps, Peter Warlock, Rebecca Clarke, Ernest Moeran, Elizabeth Maconchy, Gerald Finzi, Ivor Gurney Sarah Cattley: Three poets - settings of Fredegond Shove, Charlotte Mew and Frances Cornford (Scottish première) Ralph Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel This programme of beautiful British song encompasses a celebration of nature and the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams. We are delighted to honour the commitment RVW showed towards young musicians with a set of songs jointly commissioned by Music at Paxton and Thaxted Festival by rising composer Sarah Cattley. In addition, outstanding young baritone Jerome Knox, graduate of the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, has been invited by Roddy to sing 10% of the programme as part of the visionary Momentum scheme that supports young professional performers affected by the Covid pandemic. PRE-CONCERT: Preceded by Festival introductory talk at 7pm - free to ticket holders POST-CONCERT: Ticket holders are invited to stay on for a short informal Q&A session with Roderick and Susie immediately after the concert. “Roderick Williams is an intensely musical singer, acutely responsive to the sound and meaning of words. His approach to English Romantic song repertoire is revelatory.” BBC Music Magazine In association with Thaxted Festival, RVW Trust & Momentum Sponsor: Andrew & Hilary Walker Artist info: grovesartists.com/artist/roderick-williams | markkendallartists.com/artists/jerome-knox | sarahcattley.co.uk

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Masterclass: with Roderick Williams, baritone & Susie Allan piano

Roderick is widely regarded as one the finest communicators of song texts working today, and in combination with his rich tone his recitals are compelling experiences. Here, he and Susie share tips with young professional singers on interpretation and presentation. “…always getting to the emotional core, Williams again proved what a remarkable artist he is.” The Guardian

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Folk music with Live Music Now Scotland: "Ellie McLaren, fiddle & Ciar Milne, small pipes"

Ellie McLaren from Braemar and Ciar Milne from Dundee first played together in 2019 and their wonderful blend of sounds offers a fantastic platform for soulful airs and upbeat dances alike. In association with Live Music Now Scotland Artist info: livemusicnow.scot

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Maxwell Quartet: Music at Paxton Associate Ensemble

Music at Paxton Associate Ensemble Colin Scobie & George Smith, Violin | Elliott Perks, Viola | Duncan Strachan, Cello Haydn: String Quartet in G, Op. 77 No. 1 Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 1 in B minor, Op. 50 Dvořák: String Quartet No. 13 in G, Op. 106 Prokofiev’s first string quartet was the product of a commission from the Library of Congress in Washington DC. He wrote in his autobiography that before he commenced writing he “studied Beethoven’s quartets, chiefly in railway carriages on my way from one concert to another” and the resulting work has a distinct ‘neo-classical’ flavour. Dvořák’s Quartet in G was written a year or so after the composer returned from the USA to his beloved Bohemia. It is a spirited work, with an abundance of short motifs and a rhythmic energy that creates a spirit of lively dialogue between the players. “The Maxwell Quartet’s Haydn is my kind of Haydn. Smartly and sharply executed, tongue-in-cheek droll, perky, playful and puckish.” Fanfare, USA Artist info: maxwellstringquartet.com

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Ryan Corbett, accordion

J S Bach: Prelude & Fugue in A minor, BWV 543 Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in F, K. 107 Alexander Nagaev: Sonata No. 1, Op. 13 Tchaikovsky: Romance in F minor, Op. 5 Jindřich Feld: Konzertstuck Dave Heath: Take to the Sky Felix Mendelssohn: Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14 In his final year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Ryan was recently awarded the Gold Medal at the Royal Overseas League Competition and later this summer he will be performing as soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. His programme is a fascinating blend of transcriptions and entertaining pieces written especially for the accordion. “Utterly compelling.” seenandheard-international.com Artist info: ryancorbett.com

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Maxwell Quartet with Jamie MacDougall, narrator & Ryan Corbett, accordion

Haydn: String Quartet in F, Op. 77 No. 2 Roxanna Panufnik: From ‘The Audience’ for narrator and string quartet - The Performers; The Critic; First Date (She); First Date (He); The Drinker Brahms: String Quartet No. 3 in B flat, Op. 67 Traditional: Scottish folk music The Maxwell’s concert is a delicious blend of the serious (Brahms), the not so serious (Haydn) and party music! Roxanna Panufnik turns the tables in ‘The Audience’ as Wendy Cope’s gloriously insightfully funny poems examine what might be going through the minds of listeners at a concert – her conclusions, as delivered by acclaimed tenor and BBC Radio Scotland broadcaster Jamie MacDougall, may surprise you. But it would not be right to end the Maxwell Quartet’s residency without a proper dose of their fantastic presentation of traditional Scottish folk music. This is an event that should not be missed! “The [Maxwell Quartet] prove that classical and folk music, played with such passion and virtuosity, go wonderfully together.” Sächsische Zeitung Dresden. Artist info: maxwellstringquartet.com | jamiemacdougall.net | ryancorbett.com

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Traditional Tunes for Tiny People - music for young children with Live Music Now Scotland

Music and storytelling with Roo and Neil – enjoy sparkling traditional Scottish tunes and songs introduced in an interactive and fun performance specially designed for young children (3-7). Please note – children must be accompanied by an adult (max 3 children per adult). In association with Live Music Now Scotland Artist info: livemusicnow.scot

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Dame Sarah Connolly, mezzo-sop & Joseph Middleton, piano

Samuel Barber: Three Songs, Op. 10 Mark-Anthony Turnage: Songs of Sleep and Regret (Scottish première) Ernest Chausson\; Poème de l’amour et de la mer Arnold Schoenberg: Erwartung, Op. 2 No. 1; Jesus Bettelt, Op. 2 No. 2 Alban Berg: Dem Schmerz sein Recht, Op. 2 No. 1 Kurt Weill: Songs from Lady in the Dark, One Touch of Venus; Lost in the Stars, and Je ne t’aime pas Dame Sarah Connolly grew up in County Durham and is now firmly established as one of the world’s leading opera and concert singers. Her enchanting programme with regular recital partner, Joseph Middleton, features the beautiful music of Samuel Barber, late-Romantic songs by Chausson, Schoenberg and Berg, and irresistible show numbers by Kurt Weill. We are also delighted to present Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Songs of Sleep and Regret a month after its world première at the Aldeburgh Festival. “For British mezzos, the lineage of prior interpreters is daunting, stretching back beyond Janet Baker to Kathleen Ferrier. Ms. Connolly has nothing to fear from the comparison. This was everything a recital should be.” New York Times POST-CONCERT: Ticket holders are invited to stay on for a short informal Q&A session with Sarah and Joseph immediately after the concert. Artist info: sarah-connolly.co.uk | josephmiddleton.com

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Pavel Kolesnikov, piano & Samson Tsoy, piano

Schubert: Sonata in B flat, D.617 Schubert: Fantasia in F Minor, D.940 Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52a Brahms: Variation on a theme by Schumann No other great composer wrote as much music for piano duet as Franz Schubert, but his pieces transcended the tradition of creating entertainment for social gatherings to become key works amongst his output. The Fantasia is conceived on a grand scale, with its lyrical opening setting the tone for the entire piece. Brahms’s ‘Love Song Waltzes’ span a range of emotions, from joy to rejection and anger, while his Variation on Schumann’s theme is a poignant work written and dedicated to Clara Schumann shortly after her husband Robert had been confined in an asylum. “[The Liebeslieder-Walzer are] brought to life with an unfaltering sweetness of touch and an easy, unobtrusive sense of momentum – qualities present in everything these two played.” Erica Jeal, The Guardian. Artist info: pavelkolesnikov.co.uk | victoriarowsell.co.uk/artists/samson-tsoy

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Pavel Kolesnikov, piano: In Memory of Marcel Proust

Schubert: Sonata for Piano No. 18 in G, D.894 - Movement I Louis Couperin: Unmeasured prelude in G minor; Sarabande No.110 in A minor Hahn: Les deux écharpes; Premières Valses: III. Ninette ; IV. Valse Noble IX. La Feuille; Narghilé from Le rossignol éperdu; Ouranos Schubert: Atzenbrugger Tänz in A, D.365 No. 30; Waltz in B minor D.145 Fauré: Nocturne No. 12 in E minor, Op. 107 Franck: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, Op. 21 Schubert: Sonata for Piano No. 18 in G, D.894 - Movements II, III & IV Please note: this list is the full programme content and the running order will be different. Pavel has designed a fascinating and compelling framework in which to present Schubert’s ‘monumental but elusive’ Piano Sonata in D, taking his inspiration from Marcel Proust’s responses to music and marrying it with the writer’s stream of consciousness literary style. Some of the works in the programme are by Proust’s favourite composers, with the crowning glory being Franck’s great ‘Prelude, Chorale and Fugue’. In Pavel’s words, ‘It’s fascinating that as different a personality as Schubert was to Proust, they align so serendipitously in their magical pieces.’ PRE-CONCERT 5.30pm (50 min) Marcel Proust & the Parisian Salon Culture This tribute to Proust in the centenary of his death opens with a roundtable event exploring the elegant salon culture and Parisian high society of the Belle Epoque. Speakers include Professor Peter Dayan (Professor of Word and Music Studies, University of Edinburgh) and Professor Frances Fowle (Senior Curator, National Galleries of Scotland). Free event for evening concert ticket holders. “Pavel Kolesnikov, ever a poetic and daring player, constructed a tantalising homage to Proust. It obeyed none of the conventions of an “ordinary recital” and was all the better for it.” The Guardian Artist info: pavelkolesnikov.co.uk

Location Paxton House

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Echéa Quartet

Schubert: Quartetsatz in C minor, D.703 Haydn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 20 No. 5 Beethoven: Quartet in F, Op. 59 No. 1 We are thrilled to welcome the young members of the Echéa Quartet to Paxton House. Former recipients of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize, the Quartet recently won the string ensemble prize in the Royal Overseas League competition. Currently Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal College of Music in London, they have also featured in concerts in London, Paris and Vienna, and have broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Their programme for Paxton is a classic combination of quartets by Schubert, Haydn and Beethoven – a magical sequence for the glorious setting of the Picture Gallery. “This quartet is going to go far.” Guy Johnston, cellist and Festival Director Artist info: echeaquartet.com

Location Paxton House

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Family concert: Echéa Quartet

A relaxed performance aimed at families and young children, featuring a selection of short pieces and extracts of music based on stories. Recommended for all ages from 5 upwards. “What a lovely morning at Wigmore Hall today with so many first-time visitors! Thank you to the Echéa Quartet for two fantastic ‘For Crying Out Loud!’ concerts, welcoming everyone to move to the music!” Wigmore Hall Learning Artist info: echeaquartet.com

Location Berwick Parish Church

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Ralph Vaughan Williams Anniversary Celebration: Robert Gower, organ

We are delighted that Robert Gower, organist of Berwick Parish Church and an authority on British organ music, is helping us to celebrate RVW’s 150th anniversary with a lovely programme that includes the famous Rhosymedre and a selection from the English Folk Song Suite. Artist info: berwickparishchurch.co.uk/music

Location Berwick Parish Church

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Folk music with Live Music Now Scotland: "Megan McDonald, accordion Calum McIlroy, voice, guitar & mandolin"

Calum was a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, and Megan is in great demand with many folk groups. Their irresistible brand of music is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face! In association with Live Music Now Scotland Artist info: livemusicnow.scot

Location Paxton House

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Mithras Piano Trio: BBC New Generation Artists

Cecilia McDowall: Cavatina at Midnight Beethoven: Piano Trio in E flat, Op. 70 No. 2 Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 Formed in 2017, the Mithras Piano Trio has already won many of the most prestigious prizes open to young chamber ensembles and in 2021 they were selected for the BBC New Generation Artists programme, following in the footsteps of illustrious artists such as violinist Alina Ibragimova, the Belcea Quartet, pianist Steven Osborne and the Ébène Quartet. Cecilia McDowall’s elegiac Cavatina references the famous movement from Beethoven’s Op.130 string quartet, and Tchaikovsky’s only Piano Trio was written in memory of his close friend, the pianist Nikolai Rubinstein, and is accordingly a bold and passionate work. “Sometimes richly tonal, sometimes more exploratory in harmonic range, Cecilia McDowall’s music is always full of invention.” BBC Music Magazine Artist info: mithrastrio.co.uk

Location Paxton House

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Festival Programme

Festival concert programmes will be available to download for free from musicatpaxton.co.uk/ visitors who prefer a printed copy may purchase these HERE, for pick up at the venue during the concert.

Location Music at Paxton Online

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Mithras Piano Trio: BBC New Generation Artists

Mozart: Piano Trio in E, K. 542 Lili Boulanger: D’un matin de printemps Fauré: Piano Trio in D minor Op. 120 Fauré’s Piano Trio in D was written in 1923 and this late work was enthusiastically welcomed by the Parisian press, with one reviewer praising its “elegant clarity and serenity.” The same qualities are apparent in Lili Boulanger’s vision of Spring, composed just six years before and bearing the influence of Debussy. It was one of the last works of this fine composer who tragically died at the young age of 24. “Playing full of character and a vivid sense of engagement.” PlanetHugill Artist info: mithrastrio.co.uk

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Angela Hewitt, piano

Mozart: Sonata in F, K. 332 J S Bach: French Overture in B minor, BWV 831 Mozart: Sonata in B flat, K. 333 Chopin: 2 Nocturnes, Op. 62 Chopin: Scherzo No. 2, Op. 31 Angela Hewitt plays a beautifully crafted programme for our Festival Finale. Mozart’s Piano Sonatas rarely receive the same attention as his grander compositions, yet they contain great wit and sophistication. In his French Overture, Bach evidently enjoys playing with the distinctive rhythms of Baroque French dance, lending, in Angela Hewitt’s words, “grandeur and pomposity” to the work. Chopin wrote not only of his immense admiration for Mozart, but also insisted that his pupils should always warm up their fingers and improve their technique by playing the music of Bach. “One of the reliably mesmerising musicians of the day … with the ability to convey a spiritual seriousness that nonetheless does not exclude an utter charm.” The Sunday Times Artist info: angelahewitt.com

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Music at Paxton… Plus: Phoenix Duo, cello & piano duo

Cellist Josiah Duhlstine and pianist Catriona Mackenzie will play a winning combination of classical music to make you smile, including Beethoven's playful variations on a theme from Mozart's opera 'The Magic Flute', and arrangements of Scottish and American traditional music. Concert presented in association with Live Music Now Scotland and Paxton House.

Location Paxton House

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Roderick Williams, baritone & Susie Allan, piano: With Jerome Knox, baritone

The Great Outdoors G Butterworth: Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad Songs by CW Orr, John Ireland, Ruth Gipps, Peter Warlock, Rebecca Clarke, Ernest Moeran, Elizabeth Maconchy, Gerald Finzi, Ivor Gurney Sarah Cattley: Three poets - settings of Fredegond Shove, Charlotte Mew and Frances Cornford (Scottish première) Ralph Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel This programme of beautiful British song encompasses a celebration of nature and the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams. We are delighted to honour the commitment RVW showed towards young musicians with a set of songs jointly commissioned by Music at Paxton and Thaxted Festival by rising composer Sarah Cattley. In addition, outstanding young baritone Jerome Knox, graduate of the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, has been invited by Roddy to sing 10% of the programme as part of the visionary Momentum scheme that supports young professional performers affected by the Covid pandemic. PRE-CONCERT: Preceded by Festival introductory talk at 7pm - free to ticket holders POST-CONCERT: Ticket holders are invited to stay on for a short informal Q&A session with Roderick and Susie immediately after the concert. “Roderick Williams is an intensely musical singer, acutely responsive to the sound and meaning of words. His approach to English Romantic song repertoire is revelatory.” BBC Music Magazine In association with Thaxted Festival, RVW Trust & Momentum Sponsor: Andrew & Hilary Walker Artist info: grovesartists.com/artist/roderick-williams | markkendallartists.com/artists/jerome-knox | sarahcattley.co.uk

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Masterclass: with Roderick Williams, baritone & Susie Allan piano

Roderick is widely regarded as one the finest communicators of song texts working today, and in combination with his rich tone his recitals are compelling experiences. Here, he and Susie share tips with young professional singers on interpretation and presentation. “…always getting to the emotional core, Williams again proved what a remarkable artist he is.” The Guardian

Location Paxton House

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Folk music with Live Music Now Scotland: "Ellie McLaren, fiddle & Ciar Milne, small pipes"

Ellie McLaren from Braemar and Ciar Milne from Dundee first played together in 2019 and their wonderful blend of sounds offers a fantastic platform for soulful airs and upbeat dances alike. In association with Live Music Now Scotland Artist info: livemusicnow.scot

Location Paxton House

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Maxwell Quartet: Music at Paxton Associate Ensemble

Music at Paxton Associate Ensemble Colin Scobie & George Smith, Violin | Elliott Perks, Viola | Duncan Strachan, Cello Haydn: String Quartet in G, Op. 77 No. 1 Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 1 in B minor, Op. 50 Dvořák: String Quartet No. 13 in G, Op. 106 Prokofiev’s first string quartet was the product of a commission from the Library of Congress in Washington DC. He wrote in his autobiography that before he commenced writing he “studied Beethoven’s quartets, chiefly in railway carriages on my way from one concert to another” and the resulting work has a distinct ‘neo-classical’ flavour. Dvořák’s Quartet in G was written a year or so after the composer returned from the USA to his beloved Bohemia. It is a spirited work, with an abundance of short motifs and a rhythmic energy that creates a spirit of lively dialogue between the players. “The Maxwell Quartet’s Haydn is my kind of Haydn. Smartly and sharply executed, tongue-in-cheek droll, perky, playful and puckish.” Fanfare, USA Artist info: maxwellstringquartet.com

Location Paxton House

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Ryan Corbett, accordion

J S Bach: Prelude & Fugue in A minor, BWV 543 Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in F, K. 107 Alexander Nagaev: Sonata No. 1, Op. 13 Tchaikovsky: Romance in F minor, Op. 5 Jindřich Feld: Konzertstuck Dave Heath: Take to the Sky Felix Mendelssohn: Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14 In his final year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Ryan was recently awarded the Gold Medal at the Royal Overseas League Competition and later this summer he will be performing as soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. His programme is a fascinating blend of transcriptions and entertaining pieces written especially for the accordion. “Utterly compelling.” seenandheard-international.com Artist info: ryancorbett.com

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Maxwell Quartet with Jamie MacDougall, narrator & Ryan Corbett, accordion

Haydn: String Quartet in F, Op. 77 No. 2 Roxanna Panufnik: From ‘The Audience’ for narrator and string quartet - The Performers; The Critic; First Date (She); First Date (He); The Drinker Brahms: String Quartet No. 3 in B flat, Op. 67 Traditional: Scottish folk music The Maxwell’s concert is a delicious blend of the serious (Brahms), the not so serious (Haydn) and party music! Roxanna Panufnik turns the tables in ‘The Audience’ as Wendy Cope’s gloriously insightfully funny poems examine what might be going through the minds of listeners at a concert – her conclusions, as delivered by acclaimed tenor and BBC Radio Scotland broadcaster Jamie MacDougall, may surprise you. But it would not be right to end the Maxwell Quartet’s residency without a proper dose of their fantastic presentation of traditional Scottish folk music. This is an event that should not be missed! “The [Maxwell Quartet] prove that classical and folk music, played with such passion and virtuosity, go wonderfully together.” Sächsische Zeitung Dresden. Artist info: maxwellstringquartet.com | jamiemacdougall.net | ryancorbett.com

Location Paxton House

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Traditional Tunes for Tiny People - music for young children with Live Music Now Scotland

Music and storytelling with Roo and Neil – enjoy sparkling traditional Scottish tunes and songs introduced in an interactive and fun performance specially designed for young children (3-7). Please note – children must be accompanied by an adult (max 3 children per adult). In association with Live Music Now Scotland Artist info: livemusicnow.scot

Location Paxton House

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Dame Sarah Connolly, mezzo-sop & Joseph Middleton, piano

Samuel Barber: Three Songs, Op. 10 Mark-Anthony Turnage: Songs of Sleep and Regret (Scottish première) Ernest Chausson\; Poème de l’amour et de la mer Arnold Schoenberg: Erwartung, Op. 2 No. 1; Jesus Bettelt, Op. 2 No. 2 Alban Berg: Dem Schmerz sein Recht, Op. 2 No. 1 Kurt Weill: Songs from Lady in the Dark, One Touch of Venus; Lost in the Stars, and Je ne t’aime pas Dame Sarah Connolly grew up in County Durham and is now firmly established as one of the world’s leading opera and concert singers. Her enchanting programme with regular recital partner, Joseph Middleton, features the beautiful music of Samuel Barber, late-Romantic songs by Chausson, Schoenberg and Berg, and irresistible show numbers by Kurt Weill. We are also delighted to present Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Songs of Sleep and Regret a month after its world première at the Aldeburgh Festival. “For British mezzos, the lineage of prior interpreters is daunting, stretching back beyond Janet Baker to Kathleen Ferrier. Ms. Connolly has nothing to fear from the comparison. This was everything a recital should be.” New York Times POST-CONCERT: Ticket holders are invited to stay on for a short informal Q&A session with Sarah and Joseph immediately after the concert. Artist info: sarah-connolly.co.uk | josephmiddleton.com

Location Paxton House

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Pavel Kolesnikov, piano & Samson Tsoy, piano

Schubert: Sonata in B flat, D.617 Schubert: Fantasia in F Minor, D.940 Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52a Brahms: Variation on a theme by Schumann No other great composer wrote as much music for piano duet as Franz Schubert, but his pieces transcended the tradition of creating entertainment for social gatherings to become key works amongst his output. The Fantasia is conceived on a grand scale, with its lyrical opening setting the tone for the entire piece. Brahms’s ‘Love Song Waltzes’ span a range of emotions, from joy to rejection and anger, while his Variation on Schumann’s theme is a poignant work written and dedicated to Clara Schumann shortly after her husband Robert had been confined in an asylum. “[The Liebeslieder-Walzer are] brought to life with an unfaltering sweetness of touch and an easy, unobtrusive sense of momentum – qualities present in everything these two played.” Erica Jeal, The Guardian. Artist info: pavelkolesnikov.co.uk | victoriarowsell.co.uk/artists/samson-tsoy

Location Paxton House

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Pavel Kolesnikov, piano: In Memory of Marcel Proust

Schubert: Sonata for Piano No. 18 in G, D.894 - Movement I Louis Couperin: Unmeasured prelude in G minor; Sarabande No.110 in A minor Hahn: Les deux écharpes; Premières Valses: III. Ninette ; IV. Valse Noble IX. La Feuille; Narghilé from Le rossignol éperdu; Ouranos Schubert: Atzenbrugger Tänz in A, D.365 No. 30; Waltz in B minor D.145 Fauré: Nocturne No. 12 in E minor, Op. 107 Franck: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, Op. 21 Schubert: Sonata for Piano No. 18 in G, D.894 - Movements II, III & IV Please note: this list is the full programme content and the running order will be different. Pavel has designed a fascinating and compelling framework in which to present Schubert’s ‘monumental but elusive’ Piano Sonata in D, taking his inspiration from Marcel Proust’s responses to music and marrying it with the writer’s stream of consciousness literary style. Some of the works in the programme are by Proust’s favourite composers, with the crowning glory being Franck’s great ‘Prelude, Chorale and Fugue’. In Pavel’s words, ‘It’s fascinating that as different a personality as Schubert was to Proust, they align so serendipitously in their magical pieces.’ PRE-CONCERT 5.30pm (50 min) Marcel Proust & the Parisian Salon Culture This tribute to Proust in the centenary of his death opens with a roundtable event exploring the elegant salon culture and Parisian high society of the Belle Epoque. Speakers include Professor Peter Dayan (Professor of Word and Music Studies, University of Edinburgh) and Professor Frances Fowle (Senior Curator, National Galleries of Scotland). Free event for evening concert ticket holders. “Pavel Kolesnikov, ever a poetic and daring player, constructed a tantalising homage to Proust. It obeyed none of the conventions of an “ordinary recital” and was all the better for it.” The Guardian Artist info: pavelkolesnikov.co.uk

Location Paxton House

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Echéa Quartet

Schubert: Quartetsatz in C minor, D.703 Haydn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 20 No. 5 Beethoven: Quartet in F, Op. 59 No. 1 We are thrilled to welcome the young members of the Echéa Quartet to Paxton House. Former recipients of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize, the Quartet recently won the string ensemble prize in the Royal Overseas League competition. Currently Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal College of Music in London, they have also featured in concerts in London, Paris and Vienna, and have broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Their programme for Paxton is a classic combination of quartets by Schubert, Haydn and Beethoven – a magical sequence for the glorious setting of the Picture Gallery. “This quartet is going to go far.” Guy Johnston, cellist and Festival Director Artist info: echeaquartet.com

Location Paxton House

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Family concert: Echéa Quartet

A relaxed performance aimed at families and young children, featuring a selection of short pieces and extracts of music based on stories. Recommended for all ages from 5 upwards. “What a lovely morning at Wigmore Hall today with so many first-time visitors! Thank you to the Echéa Quartet for two fantastic ‘For Crying Out Loud!’ concerts, welcoming everyone to move to the music!” Wigmore Hall Learning Artist info: echeaquartet.com

Location Berwick Parish Church

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Ralph Vaughan Williams Anniversary Celebration: Robert Gower, organ

We are delighted that Robert Gower, organist of Berwick Parish Church and an authority on British organ music, is helping us to celebrate RVW’s 150th anniversary with a lovely programme that includes the famous Rhosymedre and a selection from the English Folk Song Suite. Artist info: berwickparishchurch.co.uk/music

Location Berwick Parish Church

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Folk music with Live Music Now Scotland: "Megan McDonald, accordion Calum McIlroy, voice, guitar & mandolin"

Calum was a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, and Megan is in great demand with many folk groups. Their irresistible brand of music is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face! In association with Live Music Now Scotland Artist info: livemusicnow.scot

Location Paxton House

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Mithras Piano Trio: BBC New Generation Artists

Cecilia McDowall: Cavatina at Midnight Beethoven: Piano Trio in E flat, Op. 70 No. 2 Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 Formed in 2017, the Mithras Piano Trio has already won many of the most prestigious prizes open to young chamber ensembles and in 2021 they were selected for the BBC New Generation Artists programme, following in the footsteps of illustrious artists such as violinist Alina Ibragimova, the Belcea Quartet, pianist Steven Osborne and the Ébène Quartet. Cecilia McDowall’s elegiac Cavatina references the famous movement from Beethoven’s Op.130 string quartet, and Tchaikovsky’s only Piano Trio was written in memory of his close friend, the pianist Nikolai Rubinstein, and is accordingly a bold and passionate work. “Sometimes richly tonal, sometimes more exploratory in harmonic range, Cecilia McDowall’s music is always full of invention.” BBC Music Magazine Artist info: mithrastrio.co.uk

Location Paxton House

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Festival Programme

Festival concert programmes will be available to download for free from musicatpaxton.co.uk/ visitors who prefer a printed copy may purchase these HERE, for pick up at the venue during the concert.

Location Music at Paxton Online

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Mithras Piano Trio: BBC New Generation Artists

Mozart: Piano Trio in E, K. 542 Lili Boulanger: D’un matin de printemps Fauré: Piano Trio in D minor Op. 120 Fauré’s Piano Trio in D was written in 1923 and this late work was enthusiastically welcomed by the Parisian press, with one reviewer praising its “elegant clarity and serenity.” The same qualities are apparent in Lili Boulanger’s vision of Spring, composed just six years before and bearing the influence of Debussy. It was one of the last works of this fine composer who tragically died at the young age of 24. “Playing full of character and a vivid sense of engagement.” PlanetHugill Artist info: mithrastrio.co.uk

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Angela Hewitt, piano

Mozart: Sonata in F, K. 332 J S Bach: French Overture in B minor, BWV 831 Mozart: Sonata in B flat, K. 333 Chopin: 2 Nocturnes, Op. 62 Chopin: Scherzo No. 2, Op. 31 Angela Hewitt plays a beautifully crafted programme for our Festival Finale. Mozart’s Piano Sonatas rarely receive the same attention as his grander compositions, yet they contain great wit and sophistication. In his French Overture, Bach evidently enjoys playing with the distinctive rhythms of Baroque French dance, lending, in Angela Hewitt’s words, “grandeur and pomposity” to the work. Chopin wrote not only of his immense admiration for Mozart, but also insisted that his pupils should always warm up their fingers and improve their technique by playing the music of Bach. “One of the reliably mesmerising musicians of the day … with the ability to convey a spiritual seriousness that nonetheless does not exclude an utter charm.” The Sunday Times Artist info: angelahewitt.com

Location Paxton House

subvenue Picture Gallery