2018 Programme

A sequence of six concerts from May 15-20 exploring British music from the time of Shakespeare to the present day, with traditional folk music included, the inspiration behind so much of it. Seventeen composers include three women.
The final concert is programmed to mark the centenary of the end of WW1.

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Note programme change on Saturday 19 May below in red

Concert 1 – Tuesday 15 May 7.30pm (Pre-Festival Talk 6.30pm – see below)

Walford Davies (arr. James Barralet): Solemn Melody
Bridge: Piano Quintet in D minor
Dowland (arr. James Barralet): In Darkness let me Dwell
Vaughan Williams: Piano Quintet in C minor

Concert 2 – Wednesday 16 May 7.30pm

Britten: Oboe Quartet Phantasy Op 2
Vaughan Williams: Quintet in D for violin, cello, clarinet, horn and piano
Holst: Three pieces for oboe and string quartet.
Walton: Piano Quartet in D minor

Concert 3 – Thursday 17 May 7.30pm  (Lunchtime Free Organ Recital – see below)

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (violin and piano)
Ethel Smyth: Piano Trio in D minor
Howells: Rhapsodic Clarinet Quintet Op 31
Ireland: Sextet for horn, clarinet and string quartet

Concert 4 – Friday 18 May 7.30pm

Purcell: Fantasies for Quartet (1)
Vaughan Williams: Six Studies in English folk song (cello and piano)
Young Musicians play Greensleeves/folk medley (arr. James Barralet)
Sally Beamish: Reed Stanzas for String Quartet
Scottish Folk Music with Donald Grant and the Festival musicians

Concert 5 – Saturday 19 May 7.30pm

Purcell: Fantasies for Quartet (2)
Britten: Quartet No 3  in G major Op 94
Bliss: Piano Quartet in A minor
Elgar: Quartet in E minor Op 83

Concert 6 -Sunday 20 May 3.00pm

Purcell: Chacony in G minor (arr. Britten for quartet)
Imogen Holst: Phantasy Quartet
Bridge Phantasy: Piano Quartet in F# minor
Ireland: Piano Trio No 2
Elgar: Piano Quintet in A minor Op 84

Pre-Festival Talk (6.30pm) before Concert 1

Christopher Symons, long-time Director of Oswestry School Recital Series and much-valued writer of our own programme notes, will give an informal introduction to the whole range of music to be performed during the six concerts and will consider what (if anything) constitutes its Britishness.
Ticket for Concert 1 (or Whole Festival Pass) required for admission.

Free Organ Recital Thursday Lunchtime 17 May

An organ recital by Gerry Howe in St Oswald’s Church, Oswestry, will feature works by (among others) Stanley, Stanford, Tippett, and local organist/ Master of the King’s Music Walford Davies. It starts at 1pm and will end by 1.50pm. Admission is free. Coffee and tea will be served in the adjoining Parish Centre from 12 noon – bring your own sandwiches.