Tickets now on sale for the West Meon music festival
Preparations for the West Meon Music Festival which will take place in September are well underway and excitement is building among the community towards the event.
The festical, which will be held from 14th to 16th September, promises a weekend of music to enchant the entire family.
From a sparkling opening concert of “Viennese Treasures”, to a light-hearted children’s concert, great piano quintets and late-night folk music, to an afternoon remembering the end of the First World War, there will be something for all interests.
Now in its eighth year, the event was started by the internationally renowned Primrose Piano Quartet in 2011 – opens with a candlelit concert featuring such favourites as Schubert’s B-flat Piano Trio and Lehár’s Gold and Silver Waltz.
Saturday will play host to four concerts, starting with “A Transport of Delight” for children – including the Flight of the Bumblebee – and followed by a colourful programme of trios and quartets for woodwind and harpsichord from Harmoniemusik in the afternoon.
The evening concert includes piano quintets by Schumann and Shostakovich, while the day ends at the village’s Thomas Lord pub when local folk band, Head North, makes a return visit to the festival and will also be helping to raise funds for this year’s festival charity – The Rosemary Foundation, which provides a “hospice at home” service.
Sunday is expected to offer an array of shows including Edward Elgar’s Violin Sonata, written in 1918 at Brinkwells in West Sussex.
Primrose Piano Quartet will be joined by leading tenor James Gilchrist and former BBC Radio 3 presenter, Paul Guinery, for “The Lads in their Hundreds”, which takes its name from A E Housman’s poem set to music by composer George Butterworth, who was killed in 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.
The concert features instrumental pieces, songs and poems by composers and writers, many of whom served in the War.
For more information and tickets visit www.westmeonmusic.co.uk.