Hargrave Music Festival

Programme 2017


September 14th – 17th 2017

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 14th  Hargrave Parish Church

The 2017 Festival opens with a performance by one of Europe’s finest chamber groups, the Carducci Quartet.  This award-winning string quartet perform over 90 concerts worldwide each year, in addition to their busy recording schedules, and are highly celebrated in both traditional and contemporary repertoire.

“…a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose, in which severity could melt seamlessly into charm, and drama into geniality” – The Strad

The Carduccis begin their programme with Joseph Haydn‘s Sunrise quartet (Op. 76, No.4 in B-flat major), which takes its name from its opening – a rising theme over sustained chords.  This is followed by Dmitri Shostakovich‘s quartet no.4  in D major, the fourth movement of which uses Jewish folk motifs to produce a finale full of breath-taking excitement and heart-rendering lamentation.  The second half is devoted to Felix Mendelssohn and his sixth string quartet (Op. 80 in D minor) – a sublime work, written as an homage to his sister, this was the last major piece he wrote before his death in 1847.


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 15th Hargrave Parish Church (all events)
 2.00pm     CLARE HAMMOND (piano)

Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is a recent winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award.   Recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances, she has developed a reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes.   The centre-piece of her recital is the first book of Schubert Impromptus (D.899) – four Romantic-era works, each with distinct and contrasting elements.  On either side of the Impromptus sit Haydn‘s virtuosic Fantasia in C major and three short contemporary Études by South-Korean composer Unsuk Chin.   Clare finishes her recital with the musically and technically demanding Sonate-Fantasie No. 2 by Scriabin – the first section of this work represents the quiet of a southern night on the seashore; the development is the dark agitation of the deep, deep sea.


8.00pm     PAT KIRKWOOD IS ANGRY          

written/performed by JESSICA WALKER (mezzo) with JOSEPH ATKINS (piano)      


Hargrave favourite Jessica Walker returns to the Festival with her one-woman show Pat Kirkwood Is Angry, based on the life of possibly the greatest British star you have never heard of.  Named Britain’s first wartime star in 1939, with shows written for her by Noel Coward, Kirkwood’s fortunes nose-dived after a fateful meeting with the Duke of Edinburgh, the repercussions of which were to last her whole life.   From the New York Times:

“…a spell-binding cabaret show written by and starring the gifted singer Jessica Walker…should Kirkwood be looking down from the showbiz heavens, she would be anything but riled by Ms. Walker’s warm, evocative consideration of her career: a loving tribute from one singular talent to another.”

Mixing cabaret with theatre and featuring well-known songs from the era (including Just One Of Those Things, Begin the Beguine, For All We Know and Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered ), all accompanied by Jessica’s long-term collaborator Joseph Atkins, Pat Kirkwood Is Angry will be a Festival night not to be missed.


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 16th  Hargrave Parish Church (all events)
Free entry

A free, “come and play” concert for children and youngsters of all standards and ages.  If you are under-18 and learning an instrument, please sign up for this event!  Bring a favourite piece and rehearse and play with Festival Pianist-in-Residence Caroline Dowdle.

2.00pm    JAMAL ALIYEV & MARIA TARASEWICZ                                      

Our 2017 Royal College of Music Young Artists concert features outstanding cellist, Jamal Aliyev, joined for this recital by pianist Maria Tarasewicz.  A BBC Introducing Classical Artist, Jamal is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after cellists of the younger generation and makes his debut at this year’s BBC Proms alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra.  For Hargrave 2017, he will play Bach Cello Suite no.3 and Chopin Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op.65.


The Agnes Collective brings together four world-class solo voices to form a unique ensemble sound, equally at home in renaissance, romantic, modern or popular music.  Their programme for the Festival showcases their eclectic talent, with music from The Beatles’ Blackbird to BrahmsLiebeslieder Waltzes (accompanied by Caroline Dowdle and Ian Shaw).

Susan Gilmour Bailey (soprano), Alexandra Gibson (mezzo), Mark Dobell (tenor) & Jonathan Gunthorpe (baritone)

with Caroline Dowdle and Ian Shaw (piano)


SUNDAY 17th  Hargrave Parish Church


10.30am     “COME AND SING” MOZART Requiem                
£10 – singers

After last year’s wonderful Fauré Requiem, this is your chance once again to star at the Festival, under the inspiring baton of Patrick Craig – one of the UK’s leading choral conductors (St Paul’s Cathedral/Tallis Scholars).   The day’s singing workshop on Mozart’s masterpiece begins at 10.30am, culminating in a performance at 5pm with soloists Susan Gilmour Bailey (soprano), Alexandra Gibson (mezzo), David Horton (tenor) and Jonathan Gunthorpe (baritone).

No experience necessary – all standards welcome (hire scores provided by the Festival).

5.00pm     MOZART Requiem     PERFORMANCE                                                
Free entry

Retiring collection for our 2017 charity THOMAS’S FUNDwww.thomassfund.org.uk

Support the Festival Ensemble as they perform this glorious work in the beautiful setting of Hargrave Parish Church.

with Patrick Craig (conductor), Ian Shaw (organ)


7.30pm     CABARET NIGHT – HELEN EVORA  Hargrave Village Hall

British-Cuban mezzo Helen Évora and pianist Oliver Rundell bring us a sparkling show of torch songs and comedy, sprinkled with Spanish canciones and music theatre favourites.  Enjoy a relaxed drink at the Cabaret Bar and be seduced by Helen’s stunning voice as the 2017 Festival draws to a close in the company of Gershwin and Porter, via Fascinating Aida and Victoria Wood.


The Trustees reserve the right to alter the programme in the event of artist cancellation or illness