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Lucy Thraves

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Hellensmusic Festival returns for ‘most ambitious year yet’

1:46, 18th April 2018

The Herefordshire festival will take place 16-20 May in and around Hellens, one of England’s oldest manor houses, with events spreading to St Bartholomew’s Church and The Walwyn Arms in Much Marcle.

The inaugural event on 16 May is an evening dedicated to the bandoneon, one of tango music’s key instruments. Devised by the virtuoso Argentinian player Omar Massa, the concert will plot a musical journey from the instrument’s Baroque origins to its essential role in tango.

Returning to the festival is pianist Christian Blackshaw, who will perform a recital of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert in St Bartholomew’s Church. The festival will then continue at Hellens with a chamber concert dedicated to Tchaikovsky’s first string quartets and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet.

Following the success of its first outing, the pub concert will feature again this year, with an evening of folk and classical music from Máté Szücs, Matthew Hunt, Omar Massa, and improvisation experts Béla Farkas and Dorian Ford.

The festival’s final concert is the culmination of the Hellensmusic Masterclass Programme, which invites students from the best music schools in Britain to come to Hellens for a week of lessons with the festival’s artists.

Festivalgoers are invited to spend the day at Hellens, and are welcome to attend the masterclasses, which are free and open to the general public.

Tickets are available from http://hellensmusic.com/.

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