West Meon Music Festival 2022
Spanish guitar, a prize-winning pianist, chamber music favourites, a baroque duo recital and a dazzling young soprano: this year’s West Meon Music Festival, which runs from the 8th to 11th of September is sure to appeal to a wide range of music lovers.
The festival, now its twelfth year, was founded by the Primrose Piano Quartet – one of the UK’s leading chamber ensembles – who regularly invite their musician friends to join them for the event, held in three beautiful Meon Valley churches. This year’s eight concerts include four solo or duo recitals, favourite works for chamber ensembles and a late night introduction to Schoenberg.
“It’s always a joy to share the festival with our various guests,” says Andrew Fuller, the Quartet’s cellist and festival musical director, “and we’re delighted this year that they include renowned guitarist, John Mills; violinist Huw Daniel, who is the leader of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Emanuil Ivanov, a brilliant young Bulgarian pianist who won the 2019 Busoni International Piano competition; and mezzo soprano Helen Charlston, who is a BBC New Generation Artist and winner of the 2018 London Handel Competition.”
Works to be performed by the Primrose include piano quartets by Beethoven and Mozart and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio. They will be joined by string players, Jonathan Martindale, Norbert Blume and Kirsten Jenson in several pieces including Brahms’ String Sextet in G major and Schubert’s much-loved last chamber work, the String Quintet in C.
As in previous years the festival will be raising funds for The Rosemary Foundation, which operates a “hospice at home” service in Hampshire.
The candlelit evening concerts include a glass of wine or soft drinks. Coffee & biscuits or tea & cakes are served at the other concerts. Concerts take place at churches in West Meon, East Meon and Warnford and tickets are from £10 to £20, with generous discounts for students and accompanied children. Full details can be found at www.westmeonmusic.co.uk and the box office is now open. The West Meon Music Festival is a registered charity no. 1185082.