AMF 2016

Dear Friends and Fans of the AMF,

With the Olympics in Rio upon us, the Ashdown Music Festival is beginning its own countdown to our Opening Ceremony.

It fills me with great excitement and pride that we will be celebrating our 5th year together. And what a great Festival we have in store. Some “heavyweights” in the classical world will be “going for gold” this year. Be sure to join the “race” for tickets when we open sales at the start of September.

The Festival programme is as follows:

Friday 4th November: Opening Concert

As is tradition, we open the Festival with an intimate evening of outstanding solo and chamber music. English Pianist Sam Armstrong performs Schubert and will be joined by Cellist and Festival Director Reinoud Ford and Festival Favourite Oscar Perks for iconic Beethoven and breathtaking Dvořák.

Franz Schubert: Impromptu D 935
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat Major. Op. 97, “Archduke Trio”
Antonín Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, “Dumky Trio”

Venue: Christian Community Church, Hartfield Road, Forest Row

Time: 7.30pm

Saturday 5th November: Family Concert

A Family Concert sponsored by the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust. Programme to include Mother Goose, five traditional children’s stories originally set to music by Maurice Ravel. Also in the line-up are lively musical games and informative instrument demos. Suitable for children ages 4 and up.

Optional themed crafting hour from 9.45am.

Venue: Christian Community Church, Hartfield Road, Forest Row

Time: 11am 

Saturday 5th November: Baroque Concert

A special afternoon featuring the award-winning Brook Street Band, one of the country’s foremost interpreters of Handel’s music. Yes that’s right, don’t let the name mislead you! The term “band” was used in the 18th C to describe groups of musicians and this Band takes its name from the street in London where George Frideric Handel lived and composed for most of his working life.

Programme to include: Handel, Vivaldi, Bach and Telemann

Venue: Christian Community Church, Hartfield Road, Forest Row

Time: 4pm

Sunday 6th November: GALA CONCERT

This year’s Gala Concert is bursting at the seams with talent and innovation: exciting concerto soloists (Violinist Martyn Jackson and Cellist and Festival Director Reinoud Ford) will be accompanied by London’s foremost un-conducted string orchestra the 12 Ensemble, whose ranks will be swelled by wind players. The 12 Ensemble also performs Walton. Join us for fireworks!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major
William Walton: Sonata for Strings
Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major

Venue: Theatre, Michael Hall School, Priory Road, Forest Row

Time: 6pm

Sunday 18th September: FRIENDS CONCERT

This year’s Friends Concert will take place at 3pm on Sunday 18th September at the Christian Community Church in Forest Row. This charming concert will feature cello and piano sonatas and works by Bach, Barber and Mendelssohn, performed by Reinoud Ford and Festival Favourite pianist Simon Lane. The concert is totally free for existing Friends and a plus 1. Tickets for non Friends are £5. Free tea and delicious cake served after the last note sounds. Please email reinoud@bramblehurst.co.uk or call 07764681777 to reserve tickets.

Looking forward to seeing you in September and November!

Reinoud

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