West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival
West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival
Lawrence Power, Artistic Director
Lawrence Power, Artistic Director
Church of St Lawrence
Church of St Lawrence [photo: Ed Silvester]

'One of the top ten classical music events of 2021' - The Guardian

I’m thrilled to welcome you to the 2022 West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival. It’s always so special to spend time with such extraordinary artists each year and share their artistry with you.

We will be welcoming back artists that are familiar to you all, Vilde Frang, Adrian Brendel, Simon Crawford-Phillips, the Collegium Orchestra as well as new musicians such as the wonderful British clarinettist Matthew Hunt and the exciting young Dutch violinist Charlotte Spruit.

Within the five themed concerts we will be exploring an intoxicating array of music!

‘Sergey’s World’ will explore the influences and obsessions of Sergey Taneyev, one of the most magical but overlooked Russian composers.

‘Contrasts’ will take in an incredible variety of music from such diverse composers as Mendelssohn, Copland, Saint-Saens, Gershwin and finishing with Bartok’s masterful trio.

‘For Harry’ will honour the memory of the great Sir Harrison Birtwistle who sadly passed away this year. Alongside two of his most personal works will be two of the greatest clarinet quintets by Weber and Brahms.

Taken from Pachabel’s groundbreaking set of works entitled ‘Musical Delight’ this concert will explore the music of some of the most exciting and pioneering 17th and 18th composers

The festival will finish with Fairytales and Nightingales - a fascinating journey exploring some of the most programmatic music ever written. The final work of our 2022 festival will be the Shostakovich Chamber Symphony, an arrangement of his eighth String Quartet that he dedicated ‘To the victims of fascism and war’. I can’t think of a more fitting way to finish the festival this year as we all find ourselves deeply moved by world events more than ever.

Thank you for your support and I so look forward to seeing you at the festival.

Lawrence Power
Artistic Director.