As we look back and reflect on the past ten years of our festival, what a journey it has been! There are so many highlights that spring to mind, but above all it has become such a special way to bring some of my closest friends and musical colleagues to this magical venue and share their artistry with you, our wonderful audience.
To celebrate our Tenth anniversary we will be exploring music influenced by the past. The programme will include a fascinating selection of old and new with extraordinary early music by composers Barbara Strozzi, Machaut, Purcell and Locke sitting alongside TEN exciting new works and world premieres by Brett Dean, Heloise Werner, Thomas Larcher, Olli Mustonen and others. As well as this we will be performing works that form the cornerstones of our repertoire by composers such as Haydn, Brahms, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky.
It's always fascinating looking at new music through the prism of the past and it's something that continues to define today's greatest music.
We will be welcoming back artists that are now familiar to us all such as Vilde Frang, Collegium Orchestra, John Myerscough and Annabelle Meare as well as new artists Brett Dean, Nicolas Altstaedt, Tomo Keller and Heloise Werner.
Through both the Collegium Orchestra and the annual masterclasses that we established at the festival we have been privileged to hear some of the most wonderful young musicians in the country over the last ten years, many of whom are now starting their international careers. We are delighted to feature two of the most exciting young quartets in our Collegium concerts this year, the Carsaig and Brompton quartets.
As new music continues to be an integral part of our festival, this year we welcome Brett Dean and Heloise Werner. As well as a performing violist, the Australian composer Brett Dean is in demand all over the world as one of the most important voices in new music. French soprano and composer, Heloise Werner, continues to break new ground as one of the most exciting young singer/composers performing today. It's an honour to welcome them both.
After the numerous challenges we have all faced over the last two years it feels so special to be back and celebrating the beauty of live performance together again.
I really am looking forward to sharing these programmes with you and hopefully seeing you at the festival soon