PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS 2021

This event preview page is intended to help you plan your visit to the Festival, where we have planned performances and events with the safety of our audiences and artists very much in mind. We will be releasing detailed Covid security guidelines when our online box office opens in April.

To give as many people as possible the opportunity to enjoy our performances, several events will be repeated. This is to enable social distancing and to allow for adequate venue cleaning between events. There will also be occasions when two different concerts are presented on the same day. In order to distinguish these events, repeated programmes will be listed as ‘Performance 1 and Performance 2’; and concerts with different programmes are listed as ‘Programme 1 and Programme 2’. You may book for both performances/programmes but space will be limited, so EARLY BOOKING is ADVISED.

EVENT 1

ALBION STRING QUARTET

 

Friday 4 June,  6.30pm - c. 7.30pm/8.30pm - c. 9.30pm

The playing, by the excellent Albion, is masterly in its vividness, freedom and sensitivity" - David Cairns, Sunday Times

HFoM takes great pride in Haydn’s local connection and in our first performance we present a seminal work from the great inventor of the string quartet. Featured Living Composer Judith Weir’s fascinating quartet from 1990 can be heard in both programmes and one of William Walton’s most vibrant and exciting works completes the second programme.

St. Andrew's Church, St Andrew Street, Hertford SG14 1HZ (MAP)

 

Tickets: £21.50 (£11.50 full-time students)

Prices include booking fees

PROGRAMME 1​

6.30pm - c. 7.30pm

Judith Weir

Joseph Haydn

 

String Quartet

String Quartet Op. 20, No. 4, Sun

PROGRAMME 2

8.30pm - c. 9.30pm

Judith Weir

William Walton

String Quartet

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor

EVENT 2

HISTORIC WALK AROUND HERTFORD, IN COLLABORATION WITH HERTFORD TOWN AND TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

 

Saturday 5 June, 10.00am - c. 11.30pm (tbc)

EVENT 3

RELAXED REHEARSAL WITH HFoM FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA 

Saturday 5 June, 12.00pm - c.12.45pm

Families with very young children, and people who may ordinarily not be able to observe the traditional ‘silence’ when attending live music events, are welcomed to watch and hear a professional orchestra at work. Noise may be made!

All Saints’ Church, Queens Road, Hertford SG13 8AY (MAP)

 

FREE EVENT - donations welcome

Tom Hammond - conductor/presenter

Capacity will be limited to 75 at any one time due to Covid-19 restrictions.

EVENT 4

FAIRYTALE STORIES - HANSEL AND GRETEL / THE SNOW QUEEN

Saturday 5 June, 1.30pm - c. 2.30pm /4.00pm - c. 5.00pm

The Wheels on Debussy and Matthew Sharp are proud to present Hansel and Gretel and The Snow Queen - a one-man musical, story-telling show for children 3+ and their families.

 

Join us for a feast of fairytales where beloved stories, bewitching music and the once in a lifetime chance to help our heroes and heroines along the way.

Written and performed by 'extraordinary cellist, virile baritone, compelling actor, Matthew Sharp' (The Daily Telegraph) - 'virtuoso of the arts' (The Times)

 

St Andrew’s Church, St Andrew’s Street, Hertford SG14 1HZ (MAP)

Tickets £11.50 (£6.50 full-time students) 

Prices include booking fees

Matthew Sharp - cello, voice

PROGRAMME 1

 

1.30pm - c. 2.30pm

Hansel & Gretel

Programme 

PROGRAMME 2

4.00pm - c. 5.00pm

The Snow Queen

Programme 2

EVENT 5 

HERTFORDSHIRE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA WITH CHLOË HANSLIP & TOM HAMMOND

Saturday 5 June, 5.30pm - c. 6.30pm/8.00pm - c. 9.00pm

Principal Artist Chloë Hanslip ('…wholly infectious conviction, spontaneity and panache… superbly accomplished performances…' - Gramophone) performs Arvo Pärt’s meditative masterpiece, Fratres, and a charming suite by Sibelius in a concert launched by Bartók’s exhilarating Romanian Folk Dances. We’ll also hear a beguiling exploration of continuous melody in a Blake-inspired work from our Featured Living Composer - Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir CBE.

All Saints’ Church, Queens Road, Hertford SG13 8AY (MAP)

Hertfordshire Festival Orchestra

Chloë Hanslip - violin

Tom Hammond - conductor

Tickets:

£31.50 (£21.50 full-time students) nave front 

£21.50 (£11.50 full-time-students) nave rear

£16.50 (£6.50 full-time students) side aisles 

Prices include booking fees

 

PROGRAMME 1

 

5.30pm - c. 6.30pm

 

Béla Bartók arr. Willner

Judith Weir

Jean Sibelius

Arvo Pärt

 

Romanian Folk Dances

I Give You the End of a Golden String

Suite for Violin and String Orchestra

Fratres

 

Romanian Folk Dances

I Give You the End of a Golden String

Suite for Violin and String Orchestra

Fratres

PROGRAMME 2

 

8.00pm - c. 9.00pm

 

Béla Bartók arr. Willner

Judith Weir

Jean Sibelius

Arvo Pärt

EVENT 6

ZRI - THE BREWHOUSE SESSION

Saturday 5 June, 9.30pm - c. 11.00pm

With tunes from JS Bach to Taylor Swift, ZRI give their special Gypsy-Jazz-Klezmer treatment to music from Vienna’s Red Hedgehog tavern, that will make you want to leap to your feet and dance!

McMullens Brewery Courtyard,​ 26 Old Cross, Hertford SG14 1RD (MAP)

Tickets  £21.50 (£11.50 full-time students)

include booking fees

There will be limited and informal seating available and most people will be encouraged to stand.

EVENT 7

1670 – A MEETING OF FRIENDS

Sunday 6 June, 1.00pm - c. 2.00pm/3.30pm - c. 4.30pm

As a celebration of the 350th anniversary of the building of Hertford’s Friends Meeting House in 1670, Fontanella present a charming programme of consort music on their magnificent collection of Renaissance and Baroque recorders.

All Saints’ Church, Queens Road, Hertford SG13 8AY (MAP)

Tickets:  £21.50

Prices includes booking fees

EVENT 8

FLORIAN MITREA AT BENSLOW

Sunday 6 June, 6.00pm - c. 7.00pm/8.30pm - c. 9.30pm

Hertfordshire-based pianist Florian Mitrea makes a welcome return to the Festival this year with three master works the piano repertoire by Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. The programme includes a world premiere by Alan Mills.

Peter Morrison Hall, Benslow Music Trust, Ibberson Way,

Hitchin SG4 9RB (MAP)

Tickets £20, £10 (livestream), free for under 27's

Contact Benslow Box Office for this event 

 

PROGRAMME 1

6.00 - 7.00pm

 

Ludwig van Beethoven

Alan Mills

Frédéric Chopin

 

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C maj, op. 53 Waldstein

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brilliante Op.22

PROGRAMME 2, This event will be available to watch as a livestream, without charge. Please check our website for details closer to the time.

8.30 - 9.30pm

Ludwig van Beethoven

Alan Mills

Franz Liszt

 

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C maj, op. 53 Waldstein

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Après une lecture du Dante, Fantasia quasi Sonata

EVENT 9

MUSIC IN MIND - LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

Monday 7 June, details tbc

An opportunity to experience the results of our music sessions for people living with dementia, including their carers and families. For those living with the condition, participating in music can bring not only an improvement in symptoms, but a sense of joy and elation for those taking part.

 

In collaboration with the outreach wing of the Orchestra of the Swan – Music Cares, and the Alzheimer’s Society

EVENT 10

CHLOË HANSLIP: A MASTERCLASS

(in partnership with Future Talent and Queenswood School)

Tuesday 8 June, 6.00pm - c. 7.00pm/8.00pm - c. 9.00pm

In collaboration with Future Talent, who support gifted young musicians from low income backgrounds, distinguished international violinist Chloë Hanslip gives a masterclass for violin/viola players. This event will be available to watch as a livestream, without charge. Please check our website for details closer to the time.

 

Ernest Read Hall, Queenswood School Chapel, Shepherd's Way, Brookmans Park, Hatfield AL9 6N (MAP)

Daniel Swain - piano (accompanist)

Capacity will be limited to 50 at any one time due to Covid-19 restrictions.

How to apply

EVENT 11

SOUNDBITES: FLORIAN MITREA IN RECITAL

Wednesday 9 June, 12.00pm - c. 12.55pm

Florian Mitrea’s second appearance at HFoM 2021 balances Mozart’s charm with one of Chopin’s most popular works and a repeat performance of a new work by Alan Mills.

All Saints’ Church, Queens Road, Hertford SG13 8AY (MAP)

FREE EVENT - Lunch available at venue

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Alan Mills

Frédéric Chopin

Sonata in C major KV 309

Fantasy in D minor KV 397 and Rondo in D major KV 485

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brilliante Op.22

EVENT 12

JUDITH WEIR IN CONVERSATION

Thursday 10 June, 5.00pm - c. 5.45pm

Master of the Queen’s Music and HFoM’s Featured Living Composer 2021, Judith Weir CBE talks to Artistic Directors James Francis Brown and Tom Hammond about her creative life, with opportunity for audience questions and participation.

Chapel at Queenswood, Shepherd's Way, Brookmans Park, Hatfield AL9 6N (MAP)

FREE EVENT

EVENT 13

CHLOË HANSLIP AND DANNY DRIVER IN RECITAL

Thursday 10 June, 6.00pm - c. 7.00pm/8.00pm - c. 9.00pm

 

For the Festival Finale, Principal Artist Chloë Hanslip ('Her performance can only be described as a tour de force.' - The Guardian) is joined by pianist Danny Driver to perform Beethoven and music by HFoM Artistic Director James Francis Brown and Judith Weir CBE.

Chapel at Queenswood, Shepherd's Way, Brookmans Park, Hatfield AL9 6N (MAP)

Concert Tickets £26.50 (£11.50 full-time students)

Prices include booking fees

Chloë Hanslip - violin

Danny Driver - piano

PROGRAMME 2

8.00 - 9.00pm

James Francis Brown

Ludwig van Beethoven

 

The Hart's Grace

Sonata in G major, op. 96

 

PROGRAMME 1

6.00 - 7.00pm

 

Judith Weir

Ludwig van Beethoven

 

Music for 247 Strings

Violin Sonata No 9 op. 47 Kreutzer 

Hertfordshire Festival of Music reserves the right to alter artists and/or programmes under exceptional circumstances.

 

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