Hargrave Music Festival

Artists 2017


Described by The Strad as presenting “a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose, in which severity could melt seamlessly into charm, and drama into geniality”, the Carducci Quartet performs over 90 concerts worldwide each year. In 2016 they were awarded a Royal Philharmonic Award and celebrated the 10th anniversary of their Carducci festival in Highnam, Gloucester.  Read more


Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” – The Telegraph, Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine, ‘Rising Star’). She recently won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Young Artist Award’, in recognition of outstanding achievements in 2015… Read more





Jessica Walker is an acclaimed performer and writer.  Having started out in mainstream opera, she now also devises and writes her own shows, including the much-lauded Pat Kirkwood is Angry  “…a spell-binding cabaret show” – New York Times.  Projects include All I Want is One Night, her new play written for the Royal Exchange, Manchester,  Mercy and Grand – the Tom Waits project at the Adelaide Festival and the singer in Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker with RET/MIF.  Read more

(Photo: Claire Shovelton)




Joseph has been collaborating with Jessica Walker since 2013. He was accompanist for her one-woman shows The Girl I Left Behind Me and Pat Kirkwood is Angry at New York’s prestigious Brits Off-Broadway Festival (59E59 Theaters, New York). He is also arranger and musical director for her play on the life of Suzy Solidor¸ All I Want is One Night (Manchester Royal Exchange, Wilton’s Music Hall and Mill Hope Theatre).  Read more




“BBC Introducing Classical Artist” Jamal Aliyev is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after cellists of his generation. His debut album with Anna Fedorova, Russian Masters was released in March 2017 on Champs Hill Records. Jamal’s debut performance at the BBC Proms will be in July 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall, London – celebrating John Williams’ 85th birthday where Aliyev will be performing solo with the BBC Concert Orchestra.  Read more





Maria began her studies first in Ukraine and then Poland. In 2008 she moved to the Royal Conservatory of Brussels under Boyan Vodenitcharov and Eugene Moguilevsky, and then to the Royal Academy of Music in London with Michael Dussek.  She has already gained an enviable international reputation as a chamber musician, duo partner and a pedagogue. The depth and quality of Maria’s credentials can be judged through the collaborations she has had with many great international artists  Read more




The Agnes Collective brings together four world-class soloists who have worked
together as friends for twenty years. They explore a wide-ranging repertoire from
renaissance to modern, mingling well-known music with hidden treasures.  Read more








Festival Pianist-in-Residence Caroline Dowdle was born in South Africa and studied music at the University of Cape Town, where she was taught by the eminent chamber musician Lamar Crowson. There she qualified with a Masters in Music before moving to England to study at the Royal Northern College of Music as a solo pianist, under Renna Kellaway. She was awarded a fellowship in accompaniment at the college, a post which she held for 2 years, before moving to London to begin her career as a freelance pianist. Read more




IAN SHAW (piano/organ)


After studies at Cambridge and in Amsterdam and an early career in cathedral music, Ian Shaw was a repetiteur at Scottish Opera from 1997 until 2008. During this time, he was responsible for many piano-accompanied tours all over Scotland – and, on one occasion, Bermuda. Other companies for whom he has worked include BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Opera North, Northern Ballet Theatre, D’Oyly Carte Opera, European Chamber Opera, Crystal Clear Opera and Dorset Opera.  Since returning to London, he was worked with English National Opera, as a coach with British Youth Opera and the National Opera Studio and with many choirs, including the Bach Choir and the BBC Singers. Read more





PATRICK CRAIG (conductor)


Patrick Craig is a conductor, countertenor, harpist, teacher and lecturer .  He is a Vicar Choral at St Paul’s Cathedral and has sung almost a thousand concerts with world-renowned ensemble the Tallis Scholars.  He is also a member of The Cardinall’s Musick who won the Gramophone Record of the Year award for their recording of William Byrd’s Infelix ego.    Read more





HELEN EVORA (mezzo-soprano)

British-Cuban Mezzo Helen Évora was awarded a full Scholarship to train at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Her versatility is reflected in her wide-ranging repertoire in Opera, Music Theatre, Oratorio, and Song. Recent stage experience includes Little Red Riding Hood Into the Woods in the highly-acclaimed new co-production between Opera North & the West Yorkshire Playhouse







Oliver Rundell studied at Cambridge University and trained at the National Opera Studio. He was a member of the music staff at Scottish Opera for eight years, and has worked as pianist and conductor for Scottish Opera, Opera North, the Northern Sinfonia and the Aldeburgh Festival.

As a pianist, organist and harpsichordist he has appeared regularly with the BBCSSO, including at the BBC Proms in 2014. Oliver is also a founder member of the Beinn Artair piano trio and is currently Chorus Master at Opera North.