Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Hellensmusic Festival 2016

2:40, 31st March 2016

The fourth Hellensmusic Festival will take place 18-22 May in the village of Much Marcle, Herefordshire.

The five-day event, which is held in Hellens Manor, comprises concerts and masterclasses.

Artistic director Christian Blackshaw will open the festival with a programme of Liszt and Schubert, and will also perform alongside musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Markus Däunert, Maya Iwabuchi, Máté Szücs, Bruno Delepelaire and Waldemar Schwiertz play Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Dvořák at the Great Barn in Hellens the following evening. Piano quintets by Shostakovich and Schubert complete the festival’s main programme on 21 May, with all the artists coming together at the Great Barn for a concert that will be recorded by Radio 3.

The performers will give solo, chamber and improvisation masterclasses to 11 talented students from the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The festival’s education programme also includes music workshops for pupils from local primary and secondary schools

Festivalgoers are welcome to spend the day at Hellens, whether enjoying the gardens or attending the student masterclasses, which are free and open to the general public. A tea room will be open from 12pm and pre-concert suppers will be served in the evenings.

Tickets cost £5 to £17.

https://www.courtyard.org.uk/hellens-music-festival/

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