Wendover Music 2021
‘The experience of creating music in the moment.’ That phrase jumped out at me in a recent online blog from the pianist Steven Osborne. Music in the moment – creating and listening to it live – is a precious shared experience for both the performer and the audience. This year, for some, the moments might be virtual as we have a new streaming service to go alongside actual seats in the Church. But we do now hope to experience real seats and a real audience to go with the real music in the moment.
Boris permitting, this is the new line up with June and July concerts and an October Mini-festival. Three of these are rescheduled from 2020.
The London Handel Players will offer us two of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos on 5 June, along with sonatas and concertos by Handel, Telemann and Vivaldi. This is music that they love and have honed over many years to great acclaim – a real feast of Baroque delights! This is our first streamed virtual concert as real tickets are limited due to government restrictions.
On 10 July, two stellar young artists and a unique partnership. Ema Nikolovska (mezzo-soprano) and Samuele Telari (accordion) are both prizewinners of the prestigious Young Concert Artists Trust. They began performing together last year and their wide ranging programme includes solo and duo pieces from Bach to Rachmaninov - and a selection of cabaret songs.
FRIDAY 22 October
Timothy Ridout is only in his mid-20s, but already has a rapidly expanding international solo career. Critics praise his ‘24-carat dark-gold tone’ on the viola and he will be partnered by the ‘mercurially brilliant’ pianist Tom Poster in a programme that includes two Brahms Sonatas.
Saturday 23 October
Paul Lewis has kindly agreed to replace Steven Osborne (who has had to postpone till 2022). Paul has been to Wendover before and is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire. He brings our 2021 season to a climax.
Do join us to celebrate the return of live music!