2009 Festival

Introduction 2009

Programme 2009

Previous Festivals

The Tetbury Music Festival 2009
1 – 4 October

The programme opens on Thursday with a group of Maestri
of the younger generation who have been working together
at the world-famous International Musicians Seminar at
Prussia Cove under the creative inspiration of Steven
Isserlis. They bring us this treat of a chamber concert,
full of powerful melodies and rich harmonies, and give
us a rare opportunity to hear the delights of the
Sibelius quartet and Franck piano quintet.

On Friday we have a six-course musical feast. The
finery of the Baroque Era is displayed by masters of its
art; the glories of ravishing concertos for organ,
trumpet, soprano, oboes, performed by soloists and
period musicians hand picked by the inimitable Richard
Egarr and
Academy of Ancient Music.
Music to reverberate in the candle-filled beauty of the

On Saturday morning we are delighted to be joined by the
Navarra String Quartet, who won the
MIDEM Outstanding Young Artist Award in Cannes in 2008.
The players of this prize-winning young string quartet
are noted for the finesse and subtlety of their sound
and ensemble. They bring us two works at the core of
the string quartet repertoire; the tuneful ebullience
of the Mendelssohn contrasts with the deeply-felt late
quartet of Beethoven, truly one of his greatest works.

This concert will be recorded by the BBC for
transmission on Radio 3 on Wed 28 Oct 2009 at 13:00

On Saturday evening
Steven Isserlis
returns to the Festival, with the pianist
Denes Varjon.
Steven Isserlis is acknowledged as one of the greatest
living cellists, and we are delighted that he returns
to play for the Tetbury Festival with the sparkling
Hungarian pianist Denes Varjon. With his unique and
compelling interpretations, Steven brings us an
inventive and fascinating programme, which also
celebrates a number of anniversaries.

On Sunday early evening
The Sixteen with Harry Christophers,
in a programme which focuses on the three hundred
and fiftieth anniversary of Purcell’s birth and James
MacMillan’s fiftieth birthday, Bright Orb of
, will weave for us a transcendently
beautiful tapestry of sacred music with a precision
and glory of sound that is unequalled – a fitting place
to end up at the close of another marvellous Festival.

Last year some of the concerts were
sell-outs before the event, so you might want
to take advantage of priority booking for 2009
by becoming a Dolphin.

We look forward to seeing you later this year.

Graham Kean and Elise Smith, Co-Directors

2009 Programme

Thursday 1st October, 8.00pm

International Musicians Seminar
at Prussia Cove

Jennifer Frautschi (violin)
Rebecca Albers (viola)
David Waterman (cello)
Anita Leuzinger (cello)
Jeremy Denk (piano
Meesun Hong (violin)
Nadia Wijzenbeek (violin)

Beethoven – Piano Trio Op.70 No. 2
Sibelius – String Quartet Op.56 “Voces Intimae”
Franck – Piano Quintet in F minor


Friday 2nd October, 8.00 pm

Academy of Ancient Music

Richard Egarr (director and chamber organ)
David Blackadder (trumpet)
Lorna Anderson (soprano)

Telemann – Concerto for Trumpet in D
Handel – Organ Concerto “Cuckoo and Nightingale”
Scarlatti – Cantata ‘Su le Sponde del Tebro’
Handel – Concerto Grosso for oboes and
orchestra Op.3, No. 2
Telemann – Concerto for Trumpet and Violin
Handel Cantata ‘Silete Venti’


Saturday 3rd October, 11.00 am

The Navarra String Quartet
Xander Van Vliet (violin)
Marije Ploemacher (violin)
Simone van der Giessen (viola)
Nathaniel Boyd (cello)

Mendelssohn – Quartet Op.13
Beethoven – Quartet Op.131

This concert will be recorded by the
BBC for
transmission on Radio 3
on Wed 28 Oct 2009 at 13:00


Saturday 3rd October, 7.30 pm

Steven Isserlis (cello)
Denes Varjon (piano)

Beethoven – Variations on a theme by Handel
Richard Strauss – Romance
Mendelssohn – Sonata No. 2 in D
Bloch – From Jewish Life
Martinu – Sonata No. 2


Sunday 4th October, 10.30
Festival Service

Mass setting: Mass in D – Dvorak
Communion anthem: Insanae et vanae curae – Haydn

Celebrant and Preacher: The Reverend John Wright

Director of Music: Graham Kean


Sunday 4th October, 5.00 pm

The Sixteen
directed by Harry Christophers

Bright Orb of Harmony

Jehova quam multi sunt hostes mei
Miserere mei
Remember not, Lord, our offences
Beati omnes qui timent Dominum
Let mine eyes run down with tears
O Dive custos (soprano duet)
Funeral Sentences (First set)

O bone Jesu (commissioned by The Sixteen)
Mitte manum tuam (from The Strathclyde Motets)
A Child’s Prayer
Sedebit Dominus Rex (from The Strathclyde Motets)


The Tetbury Music Festival – 2009