Four successive evenings of the incomparable chamber music of Franz Schubert 1797-1828

Four successive evenings of the incomparable chamber music of Franz Schubert 1797-1828

A Schubert Evening in a Vienna Salon
by Julius Schmid 1854-1935

 
 

“A feast of glorious music – highly addictive!”

… performed by international artists, the Werther Ensemble and friends

… performed by international artists, the Werther Ensemble and friends

The Werther Ensemble

 

I loved the whole thing – great atmosphere, fantastic players, good audience and great music.”

… most of whom featured in 2013′s unforgettable tribute to Brahms

… most of whom featured in 2013′s unforgettable tribute to Brahms

Whittington Festival 2013

 

 

“I do not think the term ‘life-changing’ is inappropriate.”

… in St John the Baptist Whittington with its perfect acoustic and unimpeded sightlines

… in St John the Baptist Whittington with its perfect acoustic and unimpeded sightlines

St John the Baptist Church Whittington in Springtime

 

 

“The programme was brilliant: please don’t dumb down!”

Wigmore Hall’s Ignite ensemble will also be in residence offering workshops

Wigmore Hall’s Ignite ensemble will also be in residence offering workshops

Ignite – the creative outreach arm of London’s famous Wigmore Hall

 

 

“The performance with the young people stole my heart.”

Schubert Fest 2014

Our first Festival was an enormous success – seventeen international musicians played all of Brahms’ chamber works over ten days! You can get a flavour of it from our splendid video here on the right.

But now it’s time to look forward to the next: five of those same musicians will be returning – with three friends of equal international calibre – to give us Schubert. Plus – a unique lunchtime concert of exciting improvisation (see the Outreach page).

cavatina logoitThe Schubert Fest we have planned for May 6-9 2014 is shorter than last year’s marathon, but arguably just as rich. In a short life with little concert hall exposure, Franz Schubert demonstrated that great music belongs as much to the private home as to the great courtly theatres. We will recreate that intimacy in four wonderful concerts, mostly in the delightfully informal surroundings of Whittington church, and I very much hope you will be there to be part of it.
Thanks to CAVATINA anyone aged 8-25 can join us without paying a thing!

James Barralet, Artistic Director

 

“The musicians were out of this world: very interactive with the audience. We need them to come back please.”

(Sybil Williamson, Rock musician and classical neophyte)

Further Feedback on Whittington Festival 2013

Whittington Festival concert at St Chad’s Shrewsbury 2013:
video of Gypsy Rondo from Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor