Festival programme 2020

The 8th annual Whittington International Chamber Music Festival – “Folklassical” – will take place from May 12 to 17 2020. It will bring together world-class folk and classical artists from Britain, Hungary and the Alpine Region to explore the inspiration behind some of our best loved classical composers.

Festival Schedule

Tuesday and Wednesday 12th and 13th May 2020

Folk and Classical Music of the British Isles. Two Concerts with the Maxwell Quartet in which music by Bax and Britten and other pre-eminent British composers will interweave seamlessly with folk music of our islands. The world-class performers, all of them outstanding in both genres, will have spent some days together locally putting together two events which will be both unique and unforgettable.

Thursday and Friday 14th and 15th May 2020

Folk and Classical Music of Hungary. Two Concerts presented by the amazing Muzsikas folk ensemble from Hungary, together with the celebrated Navarra Quartet. They will provide an astounding mix of authentic Hungarian folk with performances of music by Bartok and Kodaly, composers intensely influenced by their national music. Such a combination of brilliant ‘crossover’ artists is unlikely to be found anywhere else this year.

Saturday and Sunday 16th and 17th May 2020

Folk and Classical Music of the Alpine Region (Switzerland and Austria). These two Concerts will parade a spectacular array of traditional and regional instruments, including the Alpine horn, Swiss bagpipes and hurdy-gurdy, performed by exuberant artists – and indeed a composer – who are acknowledged leaders in this specialist and fascinating field. Interwoven with this memorable display will be magisterial works by Haydn and Schubert.

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Previous programmes

You can find videos of performances from previous years on this website.