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]

Welcome to the 2020 WWCMF!

I do hope this finds you and your loved ones well - it has obviously been a very challenging few months and things have changed rather since last years festival haven’t they! Putting aside these difficulties and challenges it’s very special for me to connect here again and give you some exciting news about the festival! As expected it is still too complicated to plan concerts with a live audience by September 10th so instead we will present our festival online. This was a very difficult decision to make on all levels. For me live performance is one of the greatest experiences we have in life, rare moments in an increasingly complicated world that force us to stop, listen and feel something together. I feel privileged to be a performing musician and never more so than now.

However, I genuinely believe that this brief FERMATA is asking many interesting creative questions of performing musicians today. How do we present music without an audience? Do we just play to an empty hall and really expect the empty chairs to recreate the energy of a live audience? Indeed is it actually possible to recreate the energy of our beloved live music experience on screen? I’m fascinated by these questions and somehow feel that there is an exciting challenge facing us now. Perhaps there is a way to present music on screen that isn’t a pale imitation of the regular concert experience, but rather a new and different way of looking at the music we all love and miss. Who knows but let’s try!

For this year’s voyage in to the unknown we will be joined by pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, violinists Alina Ibragimova, Vilde Frang, Timothy Crawford, violist Timothy Ridout, cellist John Myerscough and others to be announced soon. We will be working with the wonderful film maker Jessie Rodger who will be filming these extraordinary artists in performance, conversation and interview from the church and other venues around the village. As always we will also present the annual masterclass from Lea Barn which will also be filmed and available to view as part of the online festival.

You can watch the festival on our YouTube channel, Facebook / Instagram and here on the website. As we will be filming during the original dates we will now present the 2020 festival in October. Please check the website for the exciting programme of events that is developing. Thanks again for your loyalty and trust during this creative endeavour.

Lawrence Power
(Conflicted) Artist Director WWCMF