RCMF 2022: 21st - 24th April 

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Romsey Chamber Music Festival

A celebration of chamber music

About

The Romsey Chamber Music Festival, which started in 2018,  is a celebration of chamber music which takes place in late April each year. We welcome international award winning young artists to Romsey for a series of concerts which highlight both well known and lesser known masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire. The Festival aims to make performances of the highest quality accessible to the widest audience and has a broad programme of educational work with local schools.

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RCMF 2022
21st - 24th April 

I am delighted that RCMF 2022 'Fairytale and Fantasy' will be taking place from 21st to 24th April.

This year will see violists Marthe Husum, Iteke Wijbenga, harpist Elizabeth Bass and double bassist Jordi Carrasco Hjelm visit Romsey for the first time, whilst Luke Hsu, Emma Roijackers, Coby Mendez, Lydia Hillerudh, Rainer Crosett and Ziteng Fan all return. It's been such a joy to programme this festival with the calibre of artists that are visiting this year. As always in this festival I have paired some of the great chamber music works with pieces that you may not have heard before and I hope they delight and surprise in equal measure.

 

This year we begin on Thursday night in our festival home the United Reformed Church, with one of the great chamber music milestones, Mozart's G minor Piano Quartet and works by Weinberg, Ligeti and Bacewicz. On Friday we have three concerts starting with a lunchtime recital given by a wonderful harpist Elizabeth Bass who will be  performing works by Britten, Williams, Birtwistle and Purcell. Our evening concert sees Rainer Crosett and Ziteng Fan join forces once more, their performance last year was one of my personal festival highlights so I can't wait to hear them again. We will also be performing a piece by Martin Butler, American Rounds: Martin was born in Romsey and this work written for the Schubert Ensemble is a real gem. We will then be visiting Romsey Abbey for the first time since 2018 to perform Strauss Metamorphosen in the most stunning of settings.

Our popular Family Concert and annual audience favourite Late Night Concert will take place on Saturday and between them will be Schubert Trout Quintet in the afternoon. The festival closes with two of the great string quintets by Brahms and Dvorák, and I'm so excited to be playing these works with friends. This year two of our concerts are "pay as you wish", where you decide your ticket price so more than ever, please do encourage friends and family to come along and experience RCMF!

I'm proud that our outreach work will be continuing with more schools concerts during the coming months, a masterclass for string players and a side-by-side workshop following on from our work in 2021.

The full programme and tickets are now available here.

Thank you to all of you that have supported RCMF through this difficult period, September's festival was such a treat and we can't wait to be back in Romsey for more!

Laura Rickard

Artistic Director

 

Activities

As a registered charity we aim to make a difference to our community in Romsey through our programme of concerts for all as well as our extensive educational work

Education

Workshops, masterclasses and coaching

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