Friday, 15 April 2016

HELLENS MUSIC returns to the village of Much

Hellens music Herefordshire
HELLENSMUSIC returns to the village of Much Marcle for five days of world-class concerts and master classes in the charming setting of Hellens, one of England’s oldest manor houses. Quickly establishing its reputation for bringing the finest music to the heart of rural Herefordshire, the festival will feature performances by celebrated pianist and HELLENSMUSIC Artistic Director Christian Blackshaw and a group of exceptional musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Christian Blackshaw will give HELLENSMUSIC’s opening recital at the medieval St Bart’s Church on 19 May with a programme of works by Liszt and Schubert. The following evening Markus Däunert, Maya Iwabuchi, Máté Szücs, Bruno Delepelaire and Waldemar Schwiertz play Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Dvořák at the Great Barn in Hellens. Piano quintets by Shostakovich and Schubert complete the festival’s main programme on 21 May, with all the artists coming together at the Great Barn for a concert that will be recorded by BBC Radio 3.

In addition to the evening performances, the musicians will give solo, chamber and improvisation master classes to 11 talented students from the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama during the day as part of HELLENSMUSIC’s education programme. Funded by the Pennington Mellor Munthe Charity Trust and entirely free for the students, this week of tutoring will culminate in the festival’s final concert on 22 May. In partnership with ABF Music, there will also be music workshops for pupils from local primary and secondary schools on 18 and 20 May.

Adam Munthe, Director of HELLENSMUSIC and Chairman of the PMMC Trust, says: “HELLENSMUSIC seems to be catching on... the comments, requests, bookings already coming in are full of excitement and expectancy. It's wonderful for us to sense this enthusiasm from the internationally renowned musicians who generously come back for more each year, from the young future soloists from the music colleges coming to stay and work with us, from our local schoolchildren preparing the works they will perform, and from our generous and loyal audiences!”

Christian Blackshaw, Artistic Director of HELLENSMUSIC, says: “I am greatly looking forward to the fourth HELLENSMUSIC Festival, which will bring chamber music and master classes to the glorious Hellens Manor. I particularly anticipate meeting our great string player friends – who year after year take time from some of the world’s finest orchestras to work with us – and extend a warm welcome to Waldemar Schwartz, professor and solo double bass of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, who is joining us for the first time.”

In light of HELLENSMUSIC’s friendly spirit, festival goers are welcome to spend the day at Hellens, whether enjoying a picnic with views to the Malvern Hills at the property’s beautiful gardens or attending the student master classes, which are free and open to the general public. A tea room will be open from 12:00 and pre-concert suppers will be served in the evenings.

Tickets cost £5 to £17 and are available at Hereford Courtyard’s Box Office: 01432 340555
 Also available from local shops: Outback (Hereford), Ice Bytes (Ledbury), River Music (Ross on Wye), Premier Stores (Much Marcle)

Thursday 19 May - 8:00pm // St. Bart’s Church, Much Marcle

Christian Blackshaw, piano
Liszt - Les cloches de Genève, Vallée d'Obermann (from Années de Pèlerinage: Suisse)
Schubert - Moments Musicaux, D. 780
Liszt - Sonata in B minor, S. 178

Friday 20 May - 8:00pm // Great Barn, Hellens
Markus Däunert (violin), Maya Iwabuchi (violin), Máté Szücs (viola), Bruno Delepelaire (cello), Waldemar Schwiertz (double bass)
Beethoven - String trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 9
Mendelssohn - String quartet No. 2 in E minor, Op. 44
Dvořák - String quintet in G major, Op. 72

Saturday 21 May - 8:00 pm // Great Barn, Hellens
Christian Blackshaw (piano), Markus Däunert (violin), Maya Iwabuchi (violin), Máté Szücs (viola), Bruno Delepelaire (cello), Waldemar Schwiertz (double bass)
Shostakovich - Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57
Schubert - Piano Quintet in A major ‘The Trout’, D. 667

Sunday 22 May – 11:30am // Great Barn, Hellens

Concert with master class students from the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Master classes
Open to the public
Wednesday 18 May to Saturday 21 May – 10:30am to 1.30pm // Great Barn, Music Room, Dining Room, Haywain Barn


Evening Concerts: £17 (£5 with student concession)
Master class Concert on Sunday: £9 (Free for students)
Festival Saver: £85 with entry to all the concerts, master classes and pre-concert suppers
Master classes: Free
Pre-concert suppers: £15*
*Friday and Saturday, 6.30pm start. Advance booking required.

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