The sixth Lewes Chamber Music Festival will place take over the weekend of 23rd – 25th June. Set across three days the festival brings together internationally renowned musicians for eight concerts in the intimate setting of the All Saints Centre, along with one late-night-concert held at St Michael’s church on the opening night.
Exploring the romantic world surrounding Robert Schumann the programme includes music by Chopin, Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven as well as lesser-known German composers, Hermann Goetz, and Robert Kahn. The Festival is also privileged to this year be welcoming composer and pianist Huw Watkins, to perform and present a number of his chamber music works.
There is a stellar line up of musicians: pianists Sam Haywood and Tom Poster along with composer Huw Watkins and a special appearance on Saturday night by tenor James Gilchrist. Joining them are musicians who have appeared at the Festival in previous years: star clarinetist Matthew Hunt, viola player James Boyd, Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg and award-winning Scottish cellists Philip Higham and Robin Michael. New to Lewes are the fantastic horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill who will be playing the natural horn, and Serbian violinist Bogdan Božović. Among the younger of the performers are brilliant violinists Mathilde Milwidsky and Tim Crawford, both still studying at London music colleges.
The Festival makes it home in the intimate and atmospheric setting of the All Saints Centre in the middle of Lewes. Renowned piano-maker Paul McNulty will be bringing three beautiful replica period pianos from his workshop in Prague especially for the Festival. These pianos will showcase a sound-world that would have been familiar to the composers writing through the ages. There will be an opportunity to discover all about these instruments in a talk on the Saturday afternoon and the Festival’s internationally renowned pianists will be showing these instruments off throughout the weekend.
The concerts offer a rare opportunity to listen to music performed at a level not often heard outside the big cities, and in an intimate ‘festival’ atmosphere. This makes it an unmissable weekend of concerts for all music-lovers. To enable younger people to attend, tickets are completely free of charge for those under 26 years old.
Tickets on sale from 1st April from £12- £16 from the box office on 01273 47865 or from Baldwins Travel Agency in Lewes. Tickets may also be bought online from our website. Full information at www.leweschambermusicfestival.com