The fifth Hellensmusic will be the festival’s biggest edition yet.
The Herefordshire festival will take place 3-7 May in and around Hellens, one of England’s oldest manor houses, with events spreading to St Bartholomew’s Church in Much Marcle and the Feathers Hotel in Ledbury.
The festival will launch with a performance from Hereford Cathedral School’s Cantabile Girls’ Choir, crowned senior school choir of the year at Barnardo’s National Choral Competition 201, which will perform a selection of madrigals, sacred partsongs and traditional folk songs from Europe and the British Isles under the direction of Jo Williamson.
The following day will see Christian Blackshaw present a recital of Mozart and Schumann, before the festival continues with two concerts from Hellensmusic resident artists Markus Däunert (Aldeburgh Strings), Maya Iwabuchi (Royal Scottish National Orchestra), Máté Szücs (Berlin Philharmonic), Bruno Delepelaire (Berlin Philharmonic) and Waldemar Schwiertz (Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra). The first will be dedicated to Schubert’s chamber music, and the second will comprise works by Schumann, Gubaidulina and Mozart.
Hellensmusic’s first ever pub concert will feature a mixture of folk, classical and world music. Violist Máté Szücs will be joined by gypsy violinist Béla Farkas and pianist Julien Quentin for a varied performance in Ledbury’s Feathers Hotel.
The 2017 festival’s final concert is the culmination of Hellensmusic’s masterclass programme, which invites 11 talented students from the top music schools in Britain to come to Hellens for a week of solo, chamber and improvisation masterclasses with Hellensmusic’s resident artists.
Festivalgoers are welcome to spend the day at Hellens, and can attend the masterclasses, which are free and open to the general public.
Tickets cost from £5 to £17.