15th NNMF 9 - 17 August 2019

15th NNMF 9 - 17 August 2019



STRING QUARTET MASTERCLASSES

3-6PM, YORKE TRUST CHAPEL, SOUTH CREAKE

WEDNESDAY 7th & THURSDAY 8th AUGUST 

String Quartet Masterclasses given by joint festival director Simon Rowland-Jones and violinist Daniel Roberts from the Castalian Quartet. Taking part will be the all-Italian Quartetto Echos from Turin, and the Celia String Quartet, an Italian/German/British quartet from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During the masterclasses you will have a chance to hear these young professional string quartets preparing for the opening concerts of the 15th North Norfolk Music Festival on Friday 9th August. After the classes there will be a complimentary glass of wine and a chance to meet these delightful young players. 

TICKETS £10 per day 



15th NORTH NORFOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL

FRIDAY 9 AUGUST 

4.30PM ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH CREAKE 

PART 1: QUARTETTO ECHOS and the CELIA STRING QUARTET 

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MOZART String Quartet in C, K.464 ‘Dissonance’ 

DEBUSSY String Quartet
To open the 15th NNMF we welcome two young and talented string quartets, the all-Italian Quartetto Echos from Turin, and the Celia String Quartet, an Italian/German/British quartet from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 

The Quartetto Echos has been playing together since 2013 and has already given concerts throughout Italy. It has taken part in masterclasses with Lukas Hagen, Oliver Wille,András Schiff,Quartetto di Cremona, Ezio Bosso, and Simon Rowland-Jones, and is currently working with the Belcea Quartet at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. The Celia String Quartet came together at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2017 and has performed at Wigmore Hall. Recipients of the St James Chamber Music Prize, they have participated in masterclasses with theTakács and Danish Quartets.The Celia String Quartet is mentored by Simon Rowland-Jones and Jacqueline Ross, and has been praised for its “stylistic awareness with a strong identity.” 

Two great quartets are on the menu for their first concert, Mozart’s well-known ‘Dissonance’ K.464 and Debussy’s only quar tet. Full of exotic scales, unconventional harmonies, rhythmic vitality and poetic subtlety, his Op.10 is a work of genius.

TICKETS £10 

5.45PM FESTIVAL SUPPER 1  

£23 includes two-course buffet supper, mineral water, bread and olives, tea or coffee 

7PM ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH CREAKE 

PART 2: QUARTETTO ECHOS and CELIA STRING QUARTET 

ELGAR String Quartet in E minor, Op.83

SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110 

MENDELSSOHN Octet in E flat, Op.20
In the second concert of NNMF’s opening day the Quartetto Echos and the Celia String Quartet provide a cross-section of great chamber works, including Elgar’s passionate string quartet, a late flowering in the composer’s creative life, and Shostakovich’s 8th
quartet, his moving musical monument ‘To the memory of the Victims of Fascism’. The two quartets finish together with 16-year-old Felix Mendelssohn’s masterpiece, his Octet in E flat, Op.20. 

Tickets £15
This concert is generously supported by Baroness Shephard 

SATURDAY 10 AUGUST 

4.30 PM ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH CREAKE 

TALK by SUSAN SHARPE ‘Three lives entwined’ 

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When a young Johannes Brahms knocked on the Schumanns’ door in 1853 to introduce himself it was a life-changing moment for all three; they formed a bond of friendship and support which would deepen with the passing ofthe years and last their whole lives. Susan Sharpe looks at the complex relationship between Johannes Brahms and Robert and Clara Schumann and the impact it had on their music.

TICKETS £5

5.45PM FESTIVAL SUPPER 2 

£23 includes two-course buffet supper, mineral water, bread and olives, tea or coffee

7 PM ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH CREAKE 

DANISH CLARINET TRIO and SIMON ROWLAND-JONES viola

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​ ELECTIVE AFFINITIES friendship, love and musical inspiration 

Robert SCHUMANN Adagio and Allegro Op.70, for cello and piano 

Clara SCHUMANN Piano Trio Op.17
Robert SCHUMANN Märchenerzählungen Op.132 (Fairy-tales) 

BRAHMS Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op.114 

Formed in 2011 by three of the most exciting chamber musicians in Scandinavia, the Danish Clarinet Trio have given concerts in Italy, England,Wales, Denmark and Brazil.They will undertake their first US tour this year.  Praised by the New York Classical Review after a concert in the 2018 Belfast International Arts Festival, the trio “tore into the dazzling passage-work and soared on wings of song.” 

Both Robert and Clara Schumann are featured in this programme along with one of the late clarinet works of Johannes Brahms inspired by the playing of Richard Mühlfeld. Simon Rowland-Jones joins two members of the trio for a performance of Robert Schumann’s alternately serene and manic Märchenerzählungen.  TICKETS £23 

SUNDAY 11 AUGUST 

4.30PM ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH CREAKE 

ALICE NEARY cello 

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TELEMANN Fantasia No.10 in G
BRITTEN Suite No.3 for solo cello, Op.87
VASKS Das Buch
BACH Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV1011
Alice Neary will be familiar to NNMF audiences from her appearances with the Gould PianoTrio with which she played for 20 years. She is currently principal cello with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, makes guest appearances with the Nash Ensemble, Endellion, Elias and Heath quartets and is in great demand as a soloist.We welcome her back to NNMF for an entirely solo recital. 

Two great and substantial suites by Britten and Bach are preceded by Telemann’s delightful Fantasia in G and Vasks ‘Das Buch’, where the frenetic first movement is followed by ‘Dolcissimo’ in which the performer is required to sing as well as play the cello!  

TICKETS £15  

5.45PM FESTIVAL SUPPER 3  

£23 includes two-course buffet supper, mineral water, bread and olives, tea or coffee 

7PM ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH CREAKE 

KATHERINE BRODERICK soprano LIBBY BURGESS piano

WAGNER Wesendonck Lieder
Songs by DEBUSSY, FAURÉ 

Arias by CILEA,WAGNER and others. 

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Last heard in South Creake in 2013 Katherine Broderick returns with a programme designed to showcase her great versatility. 

Intimate songs by Debussy and Fauré will be followed by Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, five songs set to words by Matthilde Wesendonck, wife of the composer’s great patron.The songs were composed while Wagner was working on his operaTristan und Isolde. The programme will include a selection of arias from operas in which Katherine has performed in recent seasons. 

Katherine was born in Lancashire and studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she won the Gold Medal in 2007, the same year in which she was awarded the coveted Kathleen Ferrier Award. She has been a member of the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe for the past two seasons. There, her roles included Sieglinde, the title role in Adriana Lecouvreur by Cilea, and Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito. In January this year she scored a huge success as Isolde at the Opéra de Montpellier, receiving lavish praise from the French press for “her youthful radiance, purity and vocal power”. Next season she will sing Brünnhilde at the Concertgebouw,Miss Jessel inTurn of the Screw  at Garsington, and return to Montpellier in the title role of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. 

Libby Burgess makes her debut at NNMF. She read music at Oxford where she was the first female organ scholar at Christ Church Cathedral. She is on the music staff at Eton College where she holds the post of In House Accompanist. Her career involves working with singers and choirs, and she is the founding director of ‘New Paths’, a new festival in Yorkshire.  

TICKETS £20

This concert is generously supported by Patricia Hewitt and William Birtles 

 

MONDAY 12 AUGUST 

5.30 PM ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH CREAKE 

TIM HORTON piano 

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BRAHMS Ballade No.1 in D minor, Op.10
CHOPIN Ballade No.3 in A flat, Op.47
CHOPIN Waltz in A minor Op.34, No.2
CHOPIN Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52
BRAHMS Ballade No.4 in B minor, Op.10
BRAHMS Sonata No.1 in C, Op.1
PianistTim Horton is well known to NNMF audiences as a solo performer and in collaboration with other musicians as a member of both the Leonore PianoTrio and Ensemble 360. We are delighted to welcome him back for two concerts this year. 

In this first concert he offers the audience a chance to compare and contrast Ballades by Brahms and Chopin, as well as to hear Brahms’ vigorous first piano sonata written in 1853 when he was only twenty.   

TICKETS £15 

6.45PM FESTIVAL SUPPER 4  

£23 includes two-course buffet supper, mineral water, bread and olives, tea or coffee 

8 PM ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH CREAKE 

CASTALIAN STRING QUARTET and BJØRG LEWIS cello

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FANNY MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in E flat

JANÁCEK String Quartet No.1,‘Kreutzer Sonata’ 

SCHUBERT String Quintet in C, D.956 

Since their debut appearance in South Creake two years ago the Castalian Quartet has become increasingly well known internationally. In 2018 they received the inaugural MERITO String Quartet Award & Valentin Erben Prize and also won a Borletti-BuitoniTrust Fellowship Award. This season the Quartet will tour North America and many European countries as well as appearing regularly at Wigmore Hall. They also return to
Snape Maltings and Saffron Hall. 

Bjørg Lewis is one of Norway’s most admired cellists. On hearing her perform, Rostropovich invited her to be his student and commented that “Norway need not fear its musical future having heard a cellist such as Bjørg.” She is a member of theVertavo String Quartet and a professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. 6.45 PM FESTIVAL MAR

In their first concert the Castalian will give us the rare chance to hear Fanny Mendelssohn’s beautiful string quartet.
“The real treat of the day came in a brilliant evening recital by the excellent Castalian Quartet. A terrific programme; amazing players.”
The Scotsman / East Neuk Festival / June 2018. 

TICKETS £25

This concert is generously supported by Anthony Clamp and Giles and Sonia Coode-Adams 

TUESDAY 13 AUGUST 

4.30 PM ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH CREAKE 

JAMES NEWBY baritone GARY MATTHEWMAN piano

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SCHUBERT Die Schöne Müllerin Op.25 D979 

Schubert’s great song cycle, together with the composer’s Winterreise, is considered to be at the pinnacle of a singer’s art. 

Schubert set twenty poems by Wilhelm Müller (1794-1827) in which the adventures of a young man are described: his infatuation with the lovely miller’s daughter of the title, his disappointment when he discovers the girl already loves another, and his subsequent suicide in the brook that flows past the mill and in which he finds peace and constancy at last. 

The British baritone James Newby studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in Greenwich. He was awarded the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 2016 and is currently a member of BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Scheme. In 2017 he won the prestigious John Christie Award at Glyndebourne Festival Opera where, as Jerwood Young Artist, he took part in five operas. Highlights for this season include a tour of the St Matthew Passion with the Gabrieli Consort to Dublin, Wroclaw and Arnstadt, and performances and recitals at the Three Choirs Festival and The Athenaeum, London, and in Paris and Cincinatti.  

Gary Matthewman took part in the very first NNMF concert in 2005 and has returned many times since. He has recently embarked on his new career as a conductor, making his debut at The Sage with Mark Padmore and Roderick Williams as soloists in Britten’s War Requiem.  

TICKETS £15

This concert is generously supported by Jane and Jeff Thomas 

5.45PM FESTIVAL SUPPER 5  

£23 includes two-course buffet supper, mineral water, bread and olives, tea or coffee 

7 PM ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH CREAKE 

CASTALIAN STRING QUARTET
MELVYN TAN piano
SIMON ROWLAND-JONES viola

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SIMON ROWLAND-JONES Festival Quartet (World première) 

CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 

MOZART String Quintet in C, K.515 

In this unusual concert, Melvyn Tan will join the Castalian String Quartet as soloist in Chopin’s own arrangement for piano quintet that was intended to allow for performances in homes and other small spaces.To open the concert, the Castalian Quartet will give the première of ‘Festival Quartet’, a new work by Simon Rowland-Jones. Simon will then join the quartet as the extra violist in Mozart’s operatic string quintet in C. 

Melvyn’s second concert at NNMF this year is a solo recital on Thursday 15th August. 

Melvyn Tan “...the most thoughtful, elegant and refined of pianists.” The Guardian. 

In memory of Peter Davis (1930-2018), a founding Friend of NNMF 

TICKETS £25 

WEDNESDAY 14 AUGUST 

4.30PM ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH CREAKE 

HÉLÈNE CLÉMENT viola 

SIMON ROWLAND-JONES viola 

TIM HORTON piano 

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BRITTEN Lachrymae
BRIDGE Pensiero and Allegro appassionato
BRIDGE Lament and Caprice for two violas
BRITTEN Elegy for solo viola
SIMON ROWLAND-JONES Wiegenlied Variations
PROKOFIEV Two movements for two violas and piano from Romeo and Juliet (arr. Borisovsky)
Hélène Clément is already well known to NNMF audiences as the violist of the Doric String Quartet. She returns this year as a soloist, in company with pianist Tim Horton and fellow violist Simon Rowland-Jones. Their programme includes two elegiac pieces by Britten, separated by two contrasting works by Bridge, and the Wiegenlied Variations composed by Simon Rowland-Jones, all three of these composers violists! Simon edited and completed the two Bridge viola duets from the composer’s incomplete original sketches. Enchanting arrangements of two movements from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet for two violas and piano complete their performance. 

TICKETS £15
This concert is supported by a longstanding Friend of the Festival 

5.45PM FESTIVAL SUPPER 6  £23 includes two-course buffet supper, mineral water, bread and olives, tea or coffee 

7 PM ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH CREAKE 

LOUISE ALDER soprano
STEF VAN HERTEN horn
SHOLTO KYNOCH piano

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GOUNOD Larghetto from Six Mélodies for horn and piano DEBUSSY Ariettes oubliées 

SCHUMANN Romance in A minor, Op.94 no.1 

STRAUSS Five songs
Conradin KREUTZER Das Mühlrad 

SCHUMANN Four Mignon songs 

LACHNER Frauenliebe und -Leben 

VERDI Stornello and Lo Spazzocamino PUCCINI Morire?
DONIZETTI Dirti addio 

Louise Alder was born in London and studied first at the University of Edinburgh and later at the International Opera School at the Royal College of Music. 

She represented England in the 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition where she won the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize. 

Highlights this year include the title role in La Calisto at theTeatro Real, Madrid, the Messiah in Berlin in Frederic Wake-Walker’s acclaimed production, and on tour with the Monteverdi Choir in the title role in Handel’s Semele. She will make her debut at the San Francisco Opera in Handel’s Partenope in 2020, again in the title role. 

Born inThe Netherlands, French horn player Stef van Herten is a member of the Oper Frankfurt orchestra. He also appears with orchestras around the world as a soloist. 

Pianist Sholto Kynoch makes his first of two appearances at NNMF. He is internationally known as a pianist working with the world’s leading singers and also as the Founder and Director of Oxford Lieder which is held every autumn. 

TICKETS £23
This concert is generously supported by Richard and Briony Linsell, and Susan Thaw 

THURSDAY 15 AUGUST 

4.30PM ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH CREAKE 

JONATHAN STONE violin 

SHOLTO KYNOCH piano 

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MOZART Sonata in B flat, K.454
Lili BOULANGER D’un Matin du Printemps
BEETHOVEN Sonata in A, Op.47 ‘Kreutzer’
Jonathan Stone is, like Hélène Clément, familiar to NNMF audiences as part of the
Doric String Quartet. However, after many years with the Dorics he has decided to
explore new musical paths, as solo violinist, member of the Phoenix PianoTrio and guest
orchestral leader. Included in this programme we will hear a short impressionistic work by the prodigiously talented Lili Boulanger, younger sister of Nadia, who died at the tragically young age of 25. Beginning and ending the recital are Mozart’s mature B flat sonata and Beethoven’s monumental ‘Kreutzer’ sonata. 

TICKETS £15 

5.45PM FESTIVAL SUPPER 7  

£23 includes two-course buffet supper, mineral water, bread and olives, tea or coffee ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH CREAKE 

7 PM ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH CREAKE 

MELVYN TAN piano 

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BRAHMS Sonata in F# Minor, Op.2
Clara SCHUMANN Romances
Robert SCHUMANN Phantasiestücke, Op.111 

Each year at NNMF Melvyn Tan can be relied upon to come up with a fabulous solo programme and this one is no exception. The complex feelings between Clara Schumann and Brahms are illustrated here by the fact that Brahms’ 2nd Sonata (Tim Horton plays the1st on Monday 12th) was dedicated to Clara, and Clara Schumann’s Romances Op.21 were dedicated to Brahms. Melvyn’s recent appearances include concerts with the Wiener Akademie Orchester in Vienna, the Australian Haydn Ensemble in Sydney and Canberra, Singapore’s re:Sound Collective, and recitals at the Meiringen Festival in Switzerland, the Hatfield House Festival and the London Piano Festival. “Miroirs”, his new disc of Liszt, Ravel and Scarlatti, is due for release in Spring 2019. 

TICKETS £25
This concert is supported by a longstanding Friend of the Festival 

 

FRIDAY 16 AUGUST 

4.30 PM ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH CREAKE 

THOMAS KELLY piano 

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SCHUBERT Sonata in A Minor, D.784

SCRIABIN Sonata No.5, Op.53
BUSONI Sonatina No.6,‘Kammer-Fantasie über Bizet’s Carmen’ 

LISZT Rhapsodie Espagnole
At only 20 years old, British pianist Thomas Kelly has already achieved remarkable success, with a performance of Brahms’ 2nd piano concerto at Cadogan Hall and two appearances
at Wigmore Hall. At the Pianale International Piano Competition in Germany he won the EuroRadio Youth Concert Prize, the senior jury prize, and was rewarded with a recital in Bayreuth in July 2018. He is currently studying at the Royal College of Music in London with Andrew Ball. 

The middle two works in Thomas’s ambitious programme are the thrilling 5th sonata by Scriabin and Busoni’s operatic fantasy inspired by a performance of Bizet’s Carmen that he heard in Paris. 

TICKETS £12 

5.45PM FESTIVAL SUPPER 8  

£23 includes two-course buffet supper, mineral water, bread and olives, tea or coffee 

7PM ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH CREAKE 

THE GESUALDO SIX
Director OWAIN PARK

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The Wishing Tree
from the roots of choral singing to the flowering of a tradition Works by Carlo GESUALDO, William BYRD, Hildegard von BINGEN, ThomasTALLIS, Arvo PÄRT and others.
The Gesualdo Six brings together six of the finest young consort singers in the country.The group gave their first performance under the direction of Owain Park in the chapel at Trinity College, Cambridge on Maundy Thursday 2014. Since then they have given performances throughout the UK and in Europe and in Canada. 

Performances in 2019 will take them to Slovenia, Switzerland and Germany as well as venues at home including Cadogan Hall. 

At first, their performances focused on early music but gradually they have extended their repertoire to include music from later centuries right up until today. The Consorts’ annual Composition Competition this year attracted a staggering 306 entries from around the world. 

Their first CD for Hyperion, English Motets, was described by Paul Riley writing in BBC Music Magazine in June 2018 as “a glorious treasure trove and an auspicious debut recording”. 

It has long been a desire of the Festival directors to have a choral programme that focused on music by the 16thcentury Italian genius
Prince Carlo Gesualdo. His music is known for its intensely expressive language not heard again until the late 19th century. 

TICKETS £25 

 

SATURDAY 17 AUGUST 

SCHUBERT STRING QUARTET DAY with the NAVARRA STRING QUARTET 

The Navarra String Quartet bring the 2019 NNMF to a thrilling and emotionally-charged finale with what amounts to a Schubertiade. Spread over two concerts we will hear the complete late quartets preceded by his early quartet in E flat. 

The quartet’s highlights this season
and beyond include appearances at Lincoln Center, New York, Queen Elizabeth Hall,Wigmore Hall and the Concertgebouw,Amsterdam. Each year the Navarra String Quartet direct their own festival in the picturesque town of Weesp, close to Amsterdam. 

‘warmly rounded and very expressive sound’ Independent ‘vivid sense of dramatic expression’ BBC Music Magazine 

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Franz Schubert (1797-1828) 

4.30 PM ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH CREAKE 

PART 1String Quartet in E flat, D.87
String Quartet in D minor D.810, ‘Death and the Maiden’ 

TICKETS £15 or combined ticket for both Schubert concerts £35 

5.45PM FESTIVAL SUPPER 9  

£23 includes two-course buffet supper, mineral water, bread and olives, tea or coffee 

7PM ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH CREAKE 

PART 2

String Quartet in C minor, D.703 ‘Quartettsatz’ 

String Quartet in A minor, D.804 ‘Rosamunde’
String Quartet in G, D.887 

TICKETS £25 or combined ticket for both Schubert concerts £35

5.45 PM FESTIVAL MARQUEE,
FRIENDS OF NNMF SUMMER PARTY  

Post-concert Drinks in the Festival Marquee 

Our annual summer party for the Friends of NNMF is a chance for everyone to get together. 

If you are not already a Friend of NNMF why not consider joining? Membership fee for two is from £50.