Hargrave Music Festival

2016 Programme


September 22nd – 25th 2016


THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd  Hargrave Village Hall
7.30pm     CABARET NIGHT     ‘NO ANGEL’                       SOLD OUT        

‘…a one woman weapon of mass distraction’   The Independent

Fresh from her residency at The Crazy Coqs in London, Charlie Bicknell brings us an evening of risqué, witty and occasionally anarchic comic ingenuity.  In No Angel, she is joined by the devilishly divine mezzo-soprano Louise Innes, accompanied by the exceptional David Harrod on the piano.

‘Cabaret with Claws’      The Observer

Enjoy a relaxed drink at the Cabaret Bar and be swept away by Charlie’s new show:  a glorious rebellion of songs, hitting orgasmic highs with dips into a darker side…

(0ver 16s only)


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23rd  Hargrave Parish Church (all events)
£10/£5 – seating plan

Two of the UK’s finest and most beautiful soprano voices, Anna Dennis and Hargrave favourite Kate Valentine, bring us a selection of Folk Songs in arrangements by Quilter, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Thea Musgrave and Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir – accompanied by Caroline Dowdle, HMF Pianist-in-Residence.


7.30pm     FESTIVAL GALA CONCERT     DANNY DRIVER (piano)       
£20/£15/£10/£5 – seating plan

In a real coup for the Festival, one of Europe’s leading concert pianists, Danny Driver, comes to Hargrave, ahead of his appearance at the prestigious Southbank International Piano Series in London at the end of the year.  He is a Gramophone Award nominee and his international reputation continues to grow apace, not least on the back of his recordings for the Hyperion label.

The British pianist begins his programme with two composers in whose music he is especially celebrated, presenting the intricate baroque beauty of J.S. Bach and the romantic lyricism of Robert Schumann.  The second half is devoted to Russian music: a soulful rarity from Mily Balakirev, thrilling drama from Sergey Rachmaninov, and a Sergey Prokofiev wartime masterpiece with a momentous and virtuosic finale.


SATURDAY 24th   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     ELYSIAN PIANO TRIO                                                   
£10/£5 – seating plan

After the extraordinary violinist Joo Yeon Sir, our Royal College of Music Young Artists concert this year brings us the sublime talents of the Elysian Piano Trio – Jennifer Hughes (piano), Emily Sun (violin) and Jane Lindsay (cello) – with a programme to include the Haydn Piano Trio in G major, Bridge Three Miniatures for Piano Trio and the Ravel Piano Trio in A minor.


7.30pm     COSÌ FAN TUTTE    (sung in English)
£30/£25/£15/£10/£5 – seating plan

In the eyes of arch-cynic Don Alfonso, love is capricious and all women fickle.  Rising to his bait, Ferrando and Guglielmo insist their fiancées’ reputations are beyond reproach, but Alfonso wagers that, if put to the test, Fiordiligi and Dorabella will betray them within the day.   So, the men ‘go to war’, returning incognito, each trying to seduce the other’s beloved…

Thus Alfonso, with the help of the ever-willing Despina, sparks a comic game of love and chance.

CosÌ fan tutte is an operatic classic; Mozart’s sublime music light, witty, bittersweet and profound.

With the kind support of the Lichfield International Festival, Hargrave Music Festival brings you a bespoke concert production, sung by an internationally-acclaimed cast, with a new narration by Joe Sheridan (star of the BBC’s forthcoming drama Versailles).

with    Kate Valentine (Fiordiligi), Leigh Woolf (Dorabella), Robert Murray (Ferrando), Damian Thantrey (Guglielmo), Anna Dennis (Despina),  Jonathan Gunthorpe (Don Alfonso) and Caroline Dowdle (piano)


SUNDAY 25th  Hargrave Parish Church
11.00am     “COME AND SING” FAURÉ Requiem                

Your chance to star in the Hargrave Music Festival!  Under the inspiring baton of  Patrick Craig – one of the UK’s leading choral conductors (St Paul’s Cathedral/Tallis Scholars), enjoy a day’s singing workshop on Fauré’s beautiful Requiem, culminating in a performance to round off HMF 2016.

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

5.00pm     FAURÉ Requiem     PERFORMANCE                                                
Free entry – retiring collection for charity

Support our newly-formed ensemble as they perform this glorious work in the beautiful setting of Hargrave Parish Church.

with Patrick Craig (Conductor/Harp), Ian Shaw (Organ)


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