West Meon Music Festival Is To The Manor Born - The Directory Group

West Meon Music Festival is to the manor born

West Meon Music Festival is to the manor born

This year’s West Meon Music is delighted to welcome actor Peter Bowles, who will be the narrator in a rare performance of Richard Strauss’ “Enoch Arden” – a dramatic setting of Tennyson’s 1897 poem.

The festival opens on Friday 13 September with a candlelit concert of classical favourites performed by various members of the Primrose Piano Quartet, who founded the event in 2011. The evening includes  Beethoven’s renowned “Kreutzer” Sonata for violin and piano and piano trios by Brahms and Schubert.

Booking for the festival – now in its ninth year – opens on 1 June with an exciting line-up of great chamber music, masterclasses with talented young musicians, a recital by an award winning young harpist and that evening of “Music and Melodrama”  with Peter Bowles – regularly perfo rming on the West End stage but perhaps still remembered by many for his television roles in “The Irish RM” and “To the Manor Born”.

Saturday morning is devoted to masterclasses for local young musicians (free entry for the audience), with “Rising Star” harpist Gabriella Jones performing at nearby East Meon church in the afternoon, before Saturday evening’s “Music and Melodrama” when Peter Bowles and the quartet’s pianist, John Thwaites, will be discussing the work and other musical dramas in a pre-concert talk.

Sunday’s musical treats start with a “coffee concert” in the morning which include Rebecca Clarke’s famed Viola Sonata – often described as a jewel in the instrument’s repertoire; followed by a lunchtime showing of the classic Enoch Arden film from 1911, and the afternoon’s “Festival Finale” ends with Brahms’  Piano Quintet Op.34 – generally regarded as "the crown of his chamber music” – when the Primrose will be joined by Jenny Sacha, best known as the first violin of the highly regarded Pavão Quartet.

As in previous years the festival will also be raising funds for the Petersfield-based Rosemary Foundation which provides a hospice at home service throughout the surrounding areas.

Ticket prices for the festival are from £12 to £25 with generous discounts for students, accompanied children and festival passes. Full details can be found at www.westmeonmusic.co.uk.

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, Portsmouth, Alton, Alresford, Bentley, Four Marks and Meon Valley