Guildhall School is delighted to present its inaugural Chamber Music Festival, which runs from Friday 6 – Sunday 8 July with a programme featuring showcase performances from some of the School’s most accomplished chamber groups. The festival sees Guildhall School musicians collaborate with renowned performers from the chamber music faculty including: Adrian Brendel, Levon Chilingirian, Nicholas Daniel, Endellion String Quartet, Joy Farrall, Alec Frank-Gemmill, Louise Hopkins, Matthew Jones, Richard Lester, Krysia Osostowicz, Caroline Palmer, Carole Presland, Jacqueline Ross, Graham Sheen, Ursula Smith, Andrew Webster and Ian Wilson.
The Opening Concert presents the world-renowned Endellion Quartet, Guildhall’s Visiting Quartet-in-Association, who will be joined by professors Graham Sheen, Alex Frank-Gemmill, Adrian Brendel and current Guildhall musicians, in Milton Court Concert Hall. The performance on Friday 6 July includes works by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy and Guildhall Professor of Composition Matthew Kaner.
Hidden Gems of the Chamber Music Repertoire is the second concert of the festival, on Saturday 7 July at Milton Court Concert Hall. The programme includes masterpieces that are less frequently performed than they deserve, including: Prokofiev’s extraordinary Quintet in G minor, Op. 39; Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor, Op. 45 and Taneyev’s Piano Trio in D major, Op. 22. A pre-concert talk takes place in Rehearsal Room 1 at Milton Court at 7pm, involving a panel discussion with performers from the evening’s concert. Numerous concerts are given on Sunday 8 July, including a performance comprising piano and strings works by Brahms: Trio in C minor, Op. 101; Trio in C Major, Op. 87 and Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25. The pieces are performed by the Mithras Piano Trio, Heney Trio and Drucker Piano Quartet at 12pm in the Silk Street Music Hall. This is followed by a concert of Mendelssohn’s String Quartets at 3pm, given by the Beauvoir Quartet, Winterson Quartet and Fengari Quartet. The programme includes String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13; String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44, No. 2; and Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81.
Over in Milton Court Concert Hall a Wind, Brass & Percussion Chamber Concert takes place at 3pm with performances from the 2018 June Emerson Prize winning ensemble. The festival closes with an extraordinary line-up of Guildhall faculty members and students playing a programme of Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds, K. 452; Brahms’ Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8 and Mendelssohn’s Octet in Eb major, Op. 20. The evening concert is held at Milton Court Concert Hall at 7.30pm.
There will be free masterclasses throughout the day on Sunday 8 July, including with Matthew Jones and Carole Presland (strings and keyboard chamber music); Ian Wilson and Joy Farrell (wind chamber music), David Waterman (cello chamber music) and a workshop with Jacqueline Ross.