This year’s Investec International Music Festival is in its ninth season and has been extended to include four concerts over two weekends to accommodate the growing demand for a more comprehensive programme of music and artists for enthusiastic Festival goers.
The season gets underway on Thursday 19 April in Shere with an Insight Evening hosted by former Radio 3 broadcaster, musician and author Sandy Burnett who will share his thoughts on the composers and music from the 2018 programme.
According to Sandy: “Looking at this year’s wonderful programme, two works stand out that I’m particularly looking forward to. First up is the Belcea Quartet, a consistently exciting group who are sure to push Janáček’s first string quartet, the Kreutzer Sonata, to the very edge. And at the other extreme, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, played by Leticia Moreno, Maxim Rysanov and the London Mozart Players with conductor Leonard Elschenbroich, is an evergreen classic that’s simply bursting with gorgeous tunes. For those two highlights, and everything else in this great local festival, I simply can’t wait.”
The Belcea Quartet, led by Corina Belcea (violin), Krysztof Chorzelski (viola), Axel Schacher (violin) and Antoine Lederlin (cello), will open the concert series on Thursday 3 May, performing Mozart, Janáček and Mendelssohn at a new Festival venue for 2018, the Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon. Tickets for this concert only are available at themenuhinhall.co.uk or call 08700 842020 (priced at £25 or £5 for under 21s).
Friday 4 May will be an ‘evening of song‘ as soprano Anna Patalong, mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley, tenor Paul Curievici and the baritone Ben Nelson, accompanied by Festival directors the pianists Wu Qian and Tessa Marchington, perform works by Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Brahms in the baroque surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, Guildford.