Concert News – August 2018

World-renowned cellist, Natalie Clein, returns to home territory, namely St James Church, on the morning of Sunday, 2 September, bringing with her a new group of musician friends, to give the penultimate concert in this, her sixth Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival (PICMF). The concert will start at 11am with Taxi, a piece for solo bass and voice by contemporary French composer and double bassist Joelle Leandre, which features the Syrian oud player and singer, Ibrahim Keivo. It will be followed by Beethoven’s joyous Septet, one of his most popular and successful works written when he was still in his twenties.

The concert is one of no fewer than 11 events packed into four exciting days which makes this Festival the biggest yet. Beginning on Thursday, 30 August, at Lytchett Minister with a performance of Schubert’s great song cycle, Winterreise, the festival programme is wide-ranging in its appeal. You can take a ‘musical and historical journey’ to Aleppo at Smedmore House, which, appropriately enough, will again feature Ibrahim Keivo, or, at Durlston, enjoy a free concert especially designed for families as long as you are accompanied by children. English music from Dowland to Britten and Brian Elias, Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds, Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet and a world premiere by Brian Elias can all be found in a variety of churches and other venues all over the Isle of Purbeck. The festival comes to a climax on Sunday afternoon in Harmans Cross Village Hall with another concert aimed at families, a performance of that symphonic fairy tale for children, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, the composer’s most frequently performed work. Details of all the concerts in the Festival can be found on the Festival website

Robin Stringer

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