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Six days’ immersion in the chamber music of Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

A magical landscape of utterly accessible and beautiful music

 

 
 

“A feast of glorious music – highly addictive!”

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… performed by ten international artists, including the Werther Ensemble

The Werther Ensemble

 

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

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… many of whom featured in 2013’s Brahms-neat and 2014’s Schubert Fest

‘The Trout’ Quintet, Whittington Festival 2014

 

 

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

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… 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!”

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… including the now traditional ten-minute contribution from young Shropshire musicians

Each with their own specially arranged part according to ability

 

 

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

Mendelssohn 2015

Artistic Director, James Barralet, writes:
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There are few composers as unpretentious as Felix Mendelssohn.
Without being stifled by tradition and without ever trying to be clever, revolutionary, or egotistical, his music bursts with a raw natural energy and honesty – and emotions ranging from ecstatic joy to the darkest sorrow.

He was highly precocious – the ease with which notes flowed from his quill at a staggeringly youthful age has been compared with Mozart. Both composers share a gift for their craft which transcends theory and technique and becomes a thing entirely of nature. 

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