Purbeck Chamber Music Festival 2015 line-up

PUBLISHED: 10:20 01 September 2015 | UPDATED: 10:20 01 September 2015

Natalie Clein - musical director of the Purbeck Chamber Music Festival

Natalie Clein - musical director of the Purbeck Chamber Music Festival


Virtuoso cellist Natalie Clein has invited a fascinating line-up of musicians to join her at this year’s Purbeck Chamber Music Festival, as Charlotte Heath reveals

The Purbeck Chamber Music Festival (PCMF), 4-6 September, is always a special event and is curated by the renowned cellist Natalie Clein. Now in its third year, the PCMF grew out of Natalie’s earlier concert appearances during Purbeck Art Weeks, and now every September she invites her international musician friends to play music with her in the beautiful Isle of Purbeck where she was brought up.

This year’s theme: ‘Bach, Jazz and Inspiration’ hints at the unexpected. How will virtuoso jazz saxophonist and composer Hayden Chisholm weave his colourful improvisation through this Bach-infused programme? What magic will the brilliant harpsichord player Mahan Esfahani draw out of Bach’s Goldberg Variations? Musical boundaries will be explored and crossed many time as these imaginative musicians come together.

St Mary’s at Lulworth Castle, a beautiful Georgian chapel with a domed ceiling, is the setting for the opening concert - a feast of J S Bach including his two part inventions played ‘inventively’, combined with jazz improvisation culminating in a performance of the sixth Brandenburg Concerto.

As always young musicians are an important part of this Festival and the following day (September 5th) Durlston Castle hosts a Children’s Concert where youngsters can meet Natalie and other musicians and their instruments. On Saturday evening Natalie is joined by her actress sister Louisa for a concert at St Edward’s Church in Corfe Castle featuring words and music, Bach for solo violin - followed by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) cellist Jesper Svedberg, violinists Boris Brovtsyn and Katalin Kokas, viola player Judith Busbridge and BSO double bass player David Daly performing Brahms’s String Sextet in B flat major.

The festival culminates in a concert at St James’s Church, Kingston, with a programme of music by the little known Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff; a remarkable Jewish musician and soldier who had a passion for jazz, dance and the piano until his communist sympathies led to his arrest and subsequent death in a German concentration camp in 1942.

With its impressive line-up of musicians and thoughtfully curated programme of music performed in some wonderful local venues, the Purbeck Chamber Music Festival is an ideal opportunity to experience music that you may not know, as well as reacquaint yourself with favourites interpretated in a refreshing and exciting new way.

Music Notes

• What: Purbeck Chamber Music Festival ‘Bach, Jazz and Inspiration’

• Musical Director: Natalie Clein

• When: 4-6 September 2015

Tickets: Online at purbeck-chambermusic.org.uk where you will also find full programme listings. Discount series ticket £55 for four concerts excluding the Children’s Concert. Tickets also available from Tourist Information Centres.



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