The Romsey Chamber Music Festival, which started in 2018, is a celebration of chamber music which takes place in Spring 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.
Whether you have been a regular RCMF visitor for many years or thinking about coming for the first time, welcome to Romsey Chamber Music Festival 2023. I look forward to coming home to RCMF every year and one of the main reasons for this is for the conviviality and festive feeling of shared music-making. Friendship or Amitié is at the heart of what chamber music is all about, so with this in mind and Ysaÿe's gorgeous poeme by the same name featuring in the programme, it seemed fitting to make Amitié this year's festival theme.
2023 marks 100 years since Eugene Ysaÿe's landmark sonatas for solo violin. One of the most influential musical figures of the twentieth century, Ysaÿe was often known as the "King of the Violin". His legacy is found throughout western music: he was a wonderful teacher, conductor and composer and left an incredible mark on so many composers. During RCMF23 we will explore some of Ysaÿe's compositions and music written by his circle of friends, students and teachers, including that of Debussy, Fauré, Elgar, Vieuxtemps, Enescu, Ravel and Kreisler.
Once again this year's festival is packed full of world-class artists, all of whom I am so excited to hear play in Romsey. You can read about all of them here.
As always, we have tried incredibly hard to keep ticket prices as low as possible. There are several pay-as-you-wish or free events, discounts for students and children and all concert tickets are £15 or below. With our late-night offering, family concert, open masterclass, talk, lunchtime and evening concerts, I believe there is something for everyone, so please dive into our 2023 programme and I hope to see you at one or many of our concerts this Spring.
- Artistic Director
Tickets are now on sale and the full programme is available here