PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS 2022

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Jubilee at HFoM 2022
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EVENT 1

HERTFORDSHIRE FESTIVAL

COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND

 

Thursday 2 June 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Join the Hertfordshire Festival of Music Concert Band in the beautiful grounds of Hertford Castle to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 70th Jubilee, and pay tribute to the Festival’s Co-Artistic director, the late Tom Hammond. The programme includes Handel’s rousing Music for the Royal Fireworks as well as Malcolm Arnold’s ‘Padstow Lifeboat’ and favourite John Williams film scores.

 

The band brings together community musicians who played with Tom in the Hertford Symphony Orchestra and St Albans Symphony Orchestra with Radlett’s Phoenix Concert Band and their conductor, Chris McGinity.

This bank holiday outdoor concert is part of Hertford Town Council’s Castle Open Day marking the Jubilee between 12 noon and 4pm.

 

GROUNDS OF HERTFORD CASTLE SG14 1HR

Admission: Free

Onyx Brass at HFoM 2022
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EVENT 2

ONYX BRASS IN RECITAL

 

Thursday 2 June, 7.30pm to 9.00pm

‘fantastic classical brass quintet, their virtuosity is absolutely staggering…They are brilliant!’

Sarah Walker, Sunday Morning, BBC Radio 3

 

With music from Handel and Bach to Shostakovich and Gershwin this handful of consummate musicians perform a thrilling assortment of brass classics - including Malcolm Arnold’s brilliant and ever popular Brass Quintet no. 1 from 1961.

HITCHIN TOWN HALL, BRAND STREET, HITCHIN, SG5 1HX

Tickets: £20 plus booking fee. Concessions available.

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EVENT 3

JUBILEE CHORAL CELEBRATION

William Whitehead (Organ)

Manvinder Rattan (Musical Director)

Jane Eldred & Martin Penny (Conductors)

Friday 3rd June, 5.30pm - 7.00pm

What could be a more uplifting experience than to join us in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as we hear music from the original, 1953 service alongside rousing and patriotic favourites from Parry, Walton, Handel and Purcell.

 

No fewer than three local choirs join forces for the first time in a programme interspersed with evocative and reflective solos from local star-organist William Whitehead. This is sure to be an historic and memorable occasion for all.

Programme includes: Parry - I was Glad, Handel - Zadok the Priest and Will Todd - The Call of Wisdom.

Featuring:

Choir of All Saints’, Hertford

Choir of Hertford St Andrew

Hertford Chamber Choir

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH, QUEEN'S ROAD, HERTFORD, SG13 8AY

 

Tickets: £18/£13 plus booking fee. Concessions available.

ZRI and HFoM 2022
Corn Exchange at HFoM 2022

EVENT 4

ZRI: ADVENTURES WITH CHARLIE CHAPLIN

Friday 3 June, 9.00pm – 10.30pm

Part concert, part film screening with live score, ZRI bring all their flair and energy to Charlie Chaplin's early classic 'The Adventurer', including tunes by Django Reinhardt and Georges Boulanger.

This ground-breaking ensemble takes the listener to the exciting melting pot of early 20th-century New York where jazz, klezmer and classical music intertwined with film soundtracks. ZRI match the wit, virtuosity and sheer brilliance of Chaplin in his creative prime.

 

CORN EXCHANGE, 39 FORE STREET, HERTFORD, SG14 1AL

Tickets £20 seated plus booking fee (limited space – please book early)

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Jack Hancher at HFoM 2022

EVENT 5 

FANTASIES AND DANCES for FLUTE AND GUITAR

 

Emma Halnan (flute)

Jack Hancher (guitar)

Saturday 4 June, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO

MALCOLM ARNOLD                                   

DAVID MATTHEWS

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA

The combination of flute and guitar is captivating – especially in the hands of these Hertfordshire-based musical luminaries. This entrancing recital contrasts the work of two visionary English composers with two Latin masterpieces of the genre, culminating in Piazzolla’s vibrant romp through the world of that most vivacious dance-form, the Tango!

 

CHURCH OF ST MARY THE VIRGIN, HIGH STREET, WARE, HERTS, SG12 9EH

Tickets: £15 plus booking fee. Concessions available.

 

Sonatina for flute and guitar op. 205

Fantasy for solo guitar

Dance for Emma (world première)

Histoire du Tango

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EVENT 6

MEET THE COMPOSER:

DAVID MATTHEWS IN CONVERSATION

Saturday 4 June, 4.00pm - 5.00pm

‘Few other living composers can deploy the classical virtues of clarity, tradition and restraint to such cogent ends’ - Tempo

 

David Matthews discusses his life and work with fellow composer James Francis Brown. Since working as Benjamin Britten’s assistant in the 1960s this remarkable composer has forged a reputation as one of the UK’s most significant symphonists. Matthews’s music unashamedly embraces his own brand of tonality, and he retains a firm commitment to a music that is grounded in song and dance and is connected to the vernacular.

FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE, 50 RAILWAY ST., HERTFORD, SG14 1BA

FREE event. Please register for your free ticket via the box office. 

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Matthew Taylor at HFoM 2022
William Whitehead at HFoM 2022
Emma Halnan at Hertfordshire Festival of Music 2022
Malcolm Arnold at Hertfordshire Festival of Music 2022
David Matthews at Hertfordshire Festival of Music 2022
J S Bach at Hertfordshire Festival of Music 2022

EVENT 7

HERTFORDSHIRE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

Saturday 4 June, 6.00pm - 7.30pm

 

Bach’s Suite with its ever popular ‘Air for the G string’ is one of the most celebrated works of the Baroque era. In this version from 1730, Bach brings oboes, trumpets and kettledrums into the fold – to stunning effect! This glorious work is preceded by a work by our Featured Living Composer, David Matthews. Described by the Guardian as ‘…irrepressibly charming…’ this evocative work is flanked by two brilliant and highly distinctive concertos by Malcolm Arnold played by two eminent musicians from Hertfordshire, Emma Halnan and William Whitehead.

 

The programme was conceived by the late Tom Hammond and is conducted by his close friend Matthew Taylor, in tribute to our much-loved Co-Artistic Director and Festival founder.

Matthew Taylor – conductor

Emma Halnan – flute

William Whitehead – organ

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH, QUEEN'S ROAD, HERTFORD, SG13 8AY

Tickets: £25/£15 plus booking fee. Concessions available.

Concerto No.1 for Flute & Strings

Three Birds and a Farewell

Organ Concerto

Orchestral Suite in D major BWV 1068

MALCOLM ARNOLD

DAVID MATTHEWS

MALCOLM ARNOLD

J S BACH

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Adrian Woodward at HFoM 2022
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EVENT 8

WORKSHOP:

INTRODUCING THE BAROQUE & RENAISSANCE

TRUMPET

Adrian Woodward - trumpet

 

Monday 6 June, 6.45pm - 8.15pm

In a fascinating perspective of musical times past, period instrument specialist Adrian Woodward demonstrates the beauty and versatility of an instrument as commonly used in the creation of ‘high art’ as the sobering signals of war.

Selected participants discover how to produce the necessary sounds with the aid of three natural trumpets and mouthpieces as well as seven cavalry trumpets!

The workshop is open to the public, but space is limited so please book early.

MID HERTS MUSIC CENTRE, BIRCHWOOD AVENUE, HATFIELD, AL10 0PS

FREE event. Please register for your free ticket via the box office. 

 

Maggini String Quartet at HFoM 2022
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EVENT 9

MAGGINI STRING QUARTET

Tuesday 7 June, 7:30pm - 9:00pm    

Mozart’s famous ‘Dissonance’ quartet, considered one of the greatest quartets of all time, is contrasted with two twentieth-century works that are fast becoming classics in their own right. Continuing the HFoM tradition of inviting the most renowned string quartets to perform, we welcome the Maggini quartet to the Festival for the first time.

 

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH, ST ANDREW STREET, HERTFORD, SG14 1HZ

Tickets: £20 plus booking fee. Concessions available.

W A MOZART

DAVID MATTHEWS

MALCOLM ARNOLD      

Quartet in C major K465 ‘Dissonance’

String Quartet No. 6

String Quartet 2              

Mathilde Milwidsky at Hertfordshire Festival of Music 2022
Huw Watkins at Hertfordshire Festival of Music 2022
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EVENT 10

SOUNDBITES:

MATHILDE MILWIDSKY & HUW WATKINS

IN RECITAL

 

Mathilde Milwidsky - violin

Huw Watkins - piano

Wednesday 8 June, 1:00pm - 1:55pm

Mathilde Milwidsky has done much to rehabilitate the standing of the remarkable composer, Agnes Zimmermann (1847-1925) and this major work is a triumph of Romanticism. Joined by pianist Huw Watkins, a major British composer in his own right, we’ll hear a work by him written in response to the pandemic, mirroring two charming vignettes by our Featured Living Composer, David Matthews.

 

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH, QUEEN'S ROAD, HERTFORD, SG13 8AY

 

Light refreshments are available for purchase from 12 noon.

FREE EVENT: donations welcome.

W A MOZART

DAVID MATTHEWS

AGNES ZIMMERMANN

HUW WATKINS

BÉLA BARTÓK

Rondo in C major, K.373

Preludes II & V from Fifteen Preludes for solo violin Op. 132

Violin Sonata no 3 in G minor, Op. 23

Arietta for violin and piano

Six Romanian Dances for violin and piano (arr. Szekely)

Adam Saunders at Hertfordshire Festival of Music 2022

EVENT 11

A SINGING CELEBRATION

WITH HERTFORD SCHOOLS

Continuing our collaboration with Hertfordshire Music Service, HFoM is working towards an inspiring project with composer, pianist and animateur Adam Saunders, to take place later this year.

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EVENT 12

BEN GOLDSCHEIDER: A MASTERCLASS

Thursday 9 June, 5:00pm - 6:30pm   

Internationally renowned horn player Ben Goldscheider gives a masterclass for young and aspiring players of the instrument. A masterclass can be just as rewarding for the audience as for the participants, so don’t miss this chance to discover how a world-class musician considers the minutiae of their art.

ERNEST READ HALL, QUEENSWOOD SCHOOL, SHEPHERDS WAY, BROOKMANS PARK, HATFIELD, AL9 6NS

Daniel Swain - accompanist

FREE event. Please register for your free ticket via the box office. 

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Goldscheider Uttley recital at HFoM 2022
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EVENT 13

BEN GOLDSCHEIDER & RICHARD UTTLEY

IN RECITAL

Thursday 9 June, 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Ben Goldscheider - horn

Richard Uttley - piano

With an eclectic programme ranging from Beethoven’s youthful work of 1800 through to the present-day piece by Mark Simpson, we hear why Ben Goldscheider is one of today’s most coveted young artists. Belgian composer Jane Vignery’s sparkling and virtuosic sonata of 1948 brings this recital with pianist Richard Uttley to an uplifting conclusion.

QUEENSWOOD SCHOOL CHAPEL, SHEPHERDS WAY, BROOKMANS PARK, HATFIELD, AL9 6NS

Tickets: £15 plus booking fee. Concessions available

MALCOLM ARNOLD

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  

MARK SIMPSON

ROBERT SCHUMANN

JANE VIGNERY

Fantasy for solo horn (1966)

Horn Sonata in F major, Op. 17

Nachtstück for horn and piano

Adagio and Allegro in A flat, Op.70

Sonata for horn and piano, Op.7

EVENT 14

FOLK TALES FOR FIVE WINDS

GOLDSCHEIDER QUINTET & RUTH ROSALES

Friday 10 June, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Animateur Ruth Rosales narrates some enchanting yet salutary tales from childhood by Ruth Gipps and Ravel, the latter in a newly dramatized version by Bernard Hughes of ‘Not now Bernard!’ fame. In a fabulous programme of special arrangements and original compositions, Ben Goldscheider and friends show us why wind instruments can be the best storytellers of all.

ST SAVIOUR'S CHURCH, SANDPIT LANE, ST ALBANS, AL1 4DF

Tickets: £20 plus booking fee. Concessions available.

Ravel at Hertfordshire Festival of Music 2022

RUTH GIPPS

MAURICE RAVEL/BERNARD HUGHES

GYÖRGY LIGETI

MALCOLM ARNOLD

MAURICE RAVEL

Three Billy Goats Gruff

Uncle Maurice and Mother Goose          

Six Bagatelles

Three Shanties for Wind Quintet             Le Tombeau de Couperin

EVENTS 15 & 16

GUY JOHNSTON & HUW WATKINS:

BEETHOVEN - COMPLETE CELLO SONATAS

Saturday 11 June

Guy Johnston – cello

Huw Watkins – piano

CONCERT 1

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1

Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102, No.1

Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2

 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Guy Johnston at Hertfordshire Festival of Music 2022

CONCERT 2

6:00pm – 7:00pm

 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2

Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69

Huw Watkins plays Beethoven at the Hertfordshire Festival of Music
Beethoven at Hertfordshire Festival of Music 2022

Born in Hertfordshire, Guy Johnston has secured a reputation as one of the finest cellists of his generation and, when partnered by Huw Watkins, we can expect profound interpretations of these daring and increasingly visionary masterpieces by Beethoven. A marvellous way to bring the 2022 Festival to a close.

ST NICHOLAS CHURCH, CHURCH GREEN, HARPENDEN, AL5 2TP

Tickets: £20/£15 plus booking fee. Concessions available.

 

If tickets for both recitals bought together - £30 for both in nave and £25 for both in aisles

Ruth Gipps at Hertfordshire Festival of Music 2022

Ruth Gipps

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THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL

MUSIC IN MIND – LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

During the Festival period, specially trained musicians share the gift of music with selected care homes throughout the county of Hertfordshire via interactive online 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 Sing from the Heart