Sunday 28 November, 3pm
BENJAMIN APPL baritone JAMES BAILLIEU piano
NOCTURNE a night journey of song
Benjamin and James made an unexpected visit to north Norfolk in August at the North Norfolk Music Festival, flying in from Munich at very short notice to perform Schubert’s “Winterreise” in South Creake.
Here they are back again just three months later with an imaginatively conceived programme, ‘Nocturne’ celebrating the mystery, beauty, romance, dreams, fear and dark despair of the night.
Carefully chosen songs by composers including Schubert, Brahms, Richard Strauss, Vaughan-Williams, Grieg and Tchaikovsky form a tapestry of myriad emotions we all experience before the dawning of a new day.
Sunday 12 December, 3pm
HAYDN String Quartet in G, Op.76 No.1
BRIDGE Three Idylls
SCHUBERT String Quartet in D minor, D810 “Death and the Maiden”
We are delighted to welcome the Salomé Quartet to Norfolk at last. They were due to make their début at NNMF in August 2020 but of course that Festival never took place. This truly international ensemble was formed in 2016 at the Royal College of Music; its members are Haim Choi (South Korea), Coco Inman (Japan/UK), Kasia Ziminska (Poland) and Shizuku Tatsuno (Japan). They have performed worldwide in venues including Muzikverein (Vienna), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Unesco Hall (Paris), Lutoslawski Concert Studio (Warsaw), Tel Aviv Opera House (Israel), as well as Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall in London.
Their programme of well-known string quartets by Haydn and Schubert encompasses an English gem at its centre, Frank Bridge’s Three Idylls, from 1906, and from which Bridge’s pupil Benjamin Britten drew the theme of his 1937 work for string orchestra, Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge Op.10.
See the Salomé Quartet HERE
Sunday 9 January, 3pm
TIM HORTON piano
BEETHOVEN Sonata in A flat, Op.110
CHOPIN A selection of pieces
Following numerous solo recitals and frequent participation in chamber music concerts with the Leonore Trio and others, Tim Horton needs no introduction to north Norfolk audiences. We have experienced Tim playing much of Beethoven’s keyboard output over recent years, so now it will be of particular interest to hear his insights into the late Beethoven Sonata, Op.110; composed in 1821 while Beethoven was also working on Missa Solemnis, it is the middle sonata of the last three.
See Tim Horton HERE
Sunday 6 February, 3pm
ROMAN KOSYAKOV piano
PROKOFIEV Sonata No.1, Op.1
SCRIABIN 4 preludes Op.22
MEDTNER Sonata in B flat minor “Romantica”, Op.53 No.1
TCHAIKOVSKY Grand Sonata in G, Op.37
Roman Kosyakov was born in Siberia and later travelled to Moscow to study at the Central Moscow School and at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He arrived in the UK in 2017 to study at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He won the First Prize and also the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Prize at the prestigious 14th Hastings International Competition in 2018.
Roman so impressed audiences at this year’s North Norfolk Music Festival and we are delighted that he is able to play in Norfolk again this year – if you missed his electrifying performance in August in South Creake, be sure not to miss this recital!
Roman’s programme takes us on a fantastical romantic Russian journey. Beginning with Prokofiev’s Opus 1, which Prokofiev described as “a naïve and simple little piece” of which he was “very fond,” it is an extraordinary accomplishment for 15-year-old. Scriabin’s beautiful early Preludes Op.22 from 1897 and Medtner’s virtuosic 12th piano sonata from 1930 lead on to Tchaikovsky’s aptly named Grande Sonate.
Sunday 20 February, 3pm
TED BLACK tenor
ANA MANASTIREANU piano
The lyric tenor, Ted Black, was born in London and studied in Glasgow before going on to the International Opera School at The Royal College of Music. He was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards in 2020 and in the Grange Festival Singing competition in 2019. Career highlights so far have been performances with John Wilson and with Marin Alsop at the Edinburgh International Festival, this summer’s Waterperry Opera Festival in Oxfordshire, and the role of Ferrando in Poland for the Wroclawska Opera where he will return this autumn as Don Ottavio. He and Ana give a recital at the Oxford Lieder Festival in October.
Ted and Ana’s programme will include songs by Delius, Gurney, Vaughan-Williams and three women composers - Rebecca Clarke, Muriel Herbert and songs by Amy Beach set to words by Elizabeth Barrett Browning as well as songs by Clara Schumann, Wolf, Sibelius and Six Songs by Grieg Op.48.
Sunday 6 March, 3pm
SIMON ROWLAND-JONES viola
MOZART String Quintet in G minor K.416
DVOŘÁK String Quartet in G, Op.106
At last, after more than two years, we can welcome the Polish-Belgian, Karski Quartet, back to Norfolk! The quartet delighted us with their passionate playing at the Friends of NNMF Christmas Concert and Party in December 2019 and were due to play in NNMF in August 2021, but the complications of Covid travel restrictions made the summer Festival too problematic. Since we heard the quartet, which is based in Brussels, it has gone from strength to strength and was awarded the Grand Prix as well as the Special Prize for the alumni of the Royal Conservatory in Brussels at the 4th International Music Competition Triomphe de l'Art.
Two major chamber works make up their programme; Mozart’s well-known G minor string quintet with two violas, and Dvořák’s great G major String Quartet, an outpouring of gratitude for his safe return from America to his native land in 1895.
See the Karski Quartet playing Dvorak HERE