Sheffield festival plays host to classical music stars
The Bradfield Festival of Music at St Nicholas’ Church in High Bradfield, Sheffield, starts this weekend.
The opening concert is on Saturday (June 22) when the superb Camerata from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, will perform a concert to an audience including civic guests.
The Camerata will be on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune on the day before – an opportunity made possible through their association with the Bradfield Festival.
Julian Lloyd Webber, cellist and principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, has said: “Another great programme of music-making at Bradfield Festival!
“Once again there is a fantastic line-up of artists with many unmissable concerts.
“The programme is richly varied and the setting unsurpassable. I suggest a season ticket!’
The Nigerian-Romanian award-winning international concert pianist Rebeca Omordia, who performs at the festival on Wednesday (June 26), said: "I'm very much looking forward to performing at Bradfield Festival again to an amazing audience which has proved over the years is willing and ready to be taken on a musical journey from Chopin to African rhythms!”
Rebeca Omordia is currently on tour in the USA, performing successful and popular concerts in New York and Washington DC.
Reckoned to be one of the best string quartets in the world, the Wihan Quartet from Prague are performing at the Festival on Thursday, June 27.
Newcomers to the Bradfield Festival this year are the Pelléas Ensemble (Luba Tunnicliffe, viola; Henry Roberts, flute; and Oliver Wass, harp).
They are playing a romantic and classical programme on Friday, including a Bach flute sonata.
They say: “We’re very much looking forward to presenting a colourful programme at the Bradfield Festival of Music. Our central piece will be Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin, which never fails to inspire us!”
Jacqui Dankworth (vocals) and Charlie Wood (piano) perform on Monday and cellist Laura van der Heijden on Tuesday 25th.
The festival concludes with Austonley Brass on Saturday, June 29.
Full details of all the concerts and ticket availability can be found on the website, www.bradfieldfestivalofmusic.co.uk , or phone 0114 234 1209.
*A trio of top-note classical music events are being held in the historic splendour of Wentworth Woodhouse this summer.
The South Yorkshire stately home will play host to world-class musical talent.
All performances will take place in the 18th-century formal state rooms and will be followed by a dinner.
Two concerts featuring the works of Chopin will be given by internationally-renowned pianist and conductor Janusz Piotrowicz on June 27 and 29.
A child prodigy, Janusz was born in the UK to Polish immigrants who had escaped the Holocaust.
He performed his first piano concert aged five and at seven played for the Pope.
Other concerts feature soprano Charlotte Kenny and Rotherham Symphony Orchestra on July 13 and opera stars Oliver Gerrish and Alexandra Kennedy on September 21.
Information and tickets at wentworthwoodhouse.org.uk or call 01226 351161.