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February 2019

City of London Sinfonia: Bach & the Cosmos

Saturday 9th February 2019, 7:30 pm9:30 pm

St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted

Join the City of London Sinfonia as they return to Chiltern Arts for a second year running, presenting a programme that celebrates J.S. Bach’s extraordinary use of numbers – the language of the cosmos ­– and other composers who have been influenced by his ingenuity.  Inspired by the orchestra’s three-part London series running during Autumn 2018, this beautiful programme brings innovative insight into the music and mind of one of the world’s most fascinating and influential composers, exploring the beautiful…

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Steven Osborne

Monday 11th February 2019, 7:30 pm

Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Great Missenden

Steven Osborne, one of Britain's most treasured musicians, joins us at the second Chiltern Arts Festival for a beautiful programme of Schubert, Debussy and Prokofiev. The first half of the concert features Schubert's last sonata, the Sonata in Bb – a work which is perhaps his greatest achievement in the form. It has a feeling of tranquility and ease – the ease of a composer who is relaxed in his ability to express his ideas and emotions. The second half…

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An Italian Songbook featuring Roderick Williams

Tuesday 12th February 2019, 7:30 pm9:30 pm

All Saints Church, High Street, Marlow

Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch in a new English version directed by Jeremy Sams and Louise Shephard   For his final masterpiece, Hugo Wolf looked south — to Italy — and produced a collection of tiny jewel-like songs that paint a kaleidoscopic portrait of village life.   The men and women of his Italian Songbook fall in and out of love, with squabbles and petty jealousies heard alongside serenades and love songs of great beauty. Darker undercurrents also occasionally emerge in…

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Kosmos Ensemble: Concert & Dinner

Wednesday 13th February 2019, 7:00 pm10:00 pm

The Gatsby, Berkhamsted

Wild Gypsy fiddling, emotive Jewish and Greek music glide seamlessly into hot-blooded tango, alongside interpretations of Japanese, Polish and Sephardic songs, new arrangements by and for the ensemble, and with references to classical composers including Bach, Brahms and Sarasate.  Described by Richard Morrison (The Times) as having “telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship”, Kosmos Ensemble is re-defining the relationship between classical and world music. Join us in Berkhamsted for a dazzling evening of music –…

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Flauti d’echo: Traces (Take Note Ensemble)

Thursday 14th February 2019, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Church of St. Michael and All Angels, High Wycombe

This year’s Take Note ensemble, a Baroque trio featuring recorder duo Flauti d’echo alongside keyboard player Benedict Williams, presents a stunning programme exploring the variety of colours that emerge when one musical line traces in the exact footsteps of another.  With playful mirroring, haunting reflections and virtuosic imitations, these three outstanding young musicians take us on a contemplative journey, featuring the music of Handel, J.S. Bach, Purcell and Telemann. Take Note is the Chiltern Arts Young Artist Platform, discovering and…

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Stile Antico: Queen of Muses

Friday 15th February 2019, 7:30 pm9:30 pm

St. Mary's Church, Henley-on-Thames

Travel back in time to meet foreign spies, disgraced favourites and plotting noblemen, illuminating the life of a court which rejoiced in some of the finest music ever created in England, a country who’s royal court revelled in the skill of some of great composers such as Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and John Dowland.  This is a time of an unparalleled flowering of the arts in England: the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Explore with Stile Antico how music was…

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Come and Sing with Bob Chilcott

Saturday 16th February 2019, 10:00 am4:00 pm

St. Mary's Church, Henley-on-Thames

Join composer, conductor and singer, Bob Chilcott, for a day of choral singing in picturesque Henley. With music chosen for you by Bob himself, this Come and Sing Day will take singers on a journey through three of the composer’s own works: Five Days that Changed the World, The Lily and the Rose and Evening Hymn. This event is part of our "Choral Weekend" and is partnered with a concert from Stile Antico at St Mary's on Friday 15th February.…

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Cosí fan tutte: Ryedale Festival Opera

Saturday 16th February 2019, 7:30 pm10:30 pm

Pipers Corner School, Pipers Lane, Great Kingshill

Ryedale Festival Opera returns to the Chiltern Arts Festival with its brand-new production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte in a new English translation by John Warrack featuring another sparkling cast of young professional singers and players, under the baton of The Sixteen's Associate Conductor, Eamonn Dougan. The opera’s full title, Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti, loosely translates to ‘They (women) are all like that, or The School for Lovers’. Telling the story of two young men who…

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