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 much of it. Fifteen composers include three women, one of them suffragette Ethel Smyth. The final two concerts are part-programmed to mark the centenary of the WW1 Armistice.

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Note programme change on Saturday 19 May below in red (differs from brochure)

Tuesday 15th May 7.30pm Concert 1 (pre-festival talk at 6.30pm – see below)

Henry Walford Davies (arranged James Barralet): Solemn Melody
Simon Callaghan (piano), Liesbeth Baelus (violin), Maria Wloszczowska (violin), Léa Hennino (viola), James Barralet (cello)
Frank Bridge: Piano Quintet in D Minor H 49
Simon Callaghan (piano), Liesbeth Baelus (violin), Maria Wloszczowska (violin), Léa Hennino (viola), James Barralet (cello)
John Dowland (arranged James Barralet): In Darkness let me Dwell
The Elias Quartet
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Piano Quintet in C Minor
Jan Rautio (piano), Sara Bitlloch (violin), tbc (viola), Marie Bitlloch (cello), Ben Griffiths (double bass)

Wednesday 16th May 7.30pm Concert 2
Benjamin Britten: Oboe Quartet Phantasy Op 2
Olivier Stankiewicz (oboe), Donald Grant (violin), Léa Hennino (viola), Matthew Huber (cello)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Quintet in D
Simon Callaghan (piano), Maria Wloszczowska (violin), James Barralet (cello), Chris Richards (clarinet), Katy Woolley (horn)

Gustav Holst: Three pieces for oboe & string quartet
Olivier Stankiewicz (oboe), Liesbeth Baelus (violin), Donald Grant (violin), Léa Hennino (viola), Matthew Huber (cello)

William Walton: Piano Quartet in D Minor
Simon Callaghan (piano), Maria Wloszczowska (violin), Léa Hennino (viola), James Barralet (cello)

Thursday 17th May 7.30pm Concert 3  (organ recital at 1pm – see below)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Maria Wloszczowska (violin), Simon Callaghan (piano)

Ethel Smyth: Piano Trio in D Minor
Jan Rautio (piano), Liesbeth Baelus (violin), Matthew Huber (cello)

Herbert Howells: Rhapsodic Clarinet Quintet Op 31
Chris Richards (clarinet), The Elias Quartet

John Ireland: Sextet for horn, clarinet and string quartet
Katy Woolley (horn), Chris Richards (clarinet), Maria Wloszczowska (violin), Liesbeth Baelus (violin), Léa Hennino (viola), Matthew Huber (cello)

Friday 18th May 7.30pm Concert 4
Henry Purcell: Fantasies for Quartet (1)
The Elias Quartet
Sally Beamish: Reed Stanzas for String Quartet
The Elias Quartet

A very English medley (arranged James Barralet)
Young Musicians with Jan Rautio (piano), Liesbeth Baelus (violin), Maria Wloszczowska (violin), Léa Hennino (viola), Matthew Huber (cello), James Barralet (cello)
Vaughan Williams: Six Studies in English folk song for cello and piano
Jan Rautio (piano), James Barralet (cello)
Scottish Folk Music with Donald Grant
The Elias Quartet

Saturday 19th May 7.30pm Concert 5
Henry Purcell: Fantasies for Quartet (2)
The Elias Quartet

Benjamin Britten: Quartet No 3 in G major Op 94
The Elias Quartet

Arthur Bliss: Piano Quartet in A
Jan Rautio (piano), Liesbeth Baelus (violin), Léa Hennino (viola), James Barralet (cello)

Edward Elgar: Quartet in E Minor Op 83 (1918)
The Elias Quartet

Sunday 20th May 3.00pm Concert 6
Henry Purcell (arranged Britten): Chacony in G Minor
Maria Wloszczowska (violin), Liesbeth Baelus (violin), Léa Hennino (viola), James Barralet (cello)

Imogen Holst: Phantasy Quartet
Maria Wloszczowska (violin), Liesbeth Baelus (violin), Léa Hennino (viola), James Barralet (cello)

Frank Bridge: Phantasy – Piano Quartet in F# minor
Jan Rautio (piano), Liesbeth Baelus (violin), Léa Hennino (viola), James Barralet (cello)

John Ireland: Piano Trio No 2 (1917)
Jan Rautio (piano), Maria Wloszczowska (violin), James Barralet (cello)

Edward Elgar: Piano Quintet in A Minor Op 84 (1918)
Jan Rautio (piano), The Elias Quartet

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

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An organ recital by Gerry Howe in St Oswald’s Church, Oswestry, will feature works by (among others) Stanley, Stanford, Tippett, and local choirboy/ 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.