Concerts at Cratfield Launches 32nd Summer Season

The Gould Piano Trio, Heath String Quartet and cellist Guy Johnston return in 2019

Debut performances at Cratfield from the Endellion String Quartet, Sounds Baroque, Castalian Quartet and pianist Sam Haywood

Cratfield, Suffolk, April 28 2019. Concerts at Cratfield today announced the programme for its 32nd season of classical and chamber music, which will run from June 30th until September 8th, 2019. It brings together some of Britain’s leading professional musicians and ensembles in the intimate setting of the medieval St Mary’s Church in the village of Cratfield in East Suffolk.

The 32nd season features music by a wide range of composers including Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Corelli, Dodgson, Haydn, Janáček, Messiaen, Ravel, Schubert, Vivaldi and two contemporary composers Huw Watkins and Dobrinka Tabakova who we hope will be with us on the day. 

The series begins on June 30th with the highly-regarded Endellion String Quartet, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. They will play Schubert’s String Quartet in D minor Death and the Maiden” as well as music by Haydn, Puccini and  Janacek. 

The Gould Piano Trio described by the Washington Post as a combination of jeweller-like precision” – returns to Cratfield on July 14th  to play Ravel’s Piano Trio in A Minor, as well as works by Messiaen and Huw Watkins.

On July 28th, in their third appearance at Cratfield, the Heath Quartet plays quartets by Ravel and Beethoven and a new piece by the British-Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova, commissioned for the Cheltenham Festival.

Sounds Baroque make their debut appearance at Cratfield on August 11th. Heard regularly on Radio 3, they celebrate the influence of Italian music throughout Europe with a programme juxtaposing  Baroque masters including Corelli, Scarlatti and Telemann with Baroque-inspired tonal works by Stephen Dodgson.

Cellist Guy Johnston, a former BBC Young Musician of the Year and one of the most versatile British cellists of his generation, will be joined by leading international pianist Sam Haywood in a programme on August 25th. This includes Beethoven’s Sonata No 2 in G Major and Janacek’s Pohadka, as well as works by Bach and Franck.

As part of Cratfield’s mission to promote young artists, the Castalian Quartet, which is rapidly emerging as an exciting new voice in international chamber music, rounds off the season on September 8th with pieces by Beethoven and Brahms.

David Mintz, Chairman of Concerts at Cratfield, commented, We look forward to another wonderful summer of professional music-making in the unrivalled setting of Cratfield Church in Suffolk. We are delighted to welcome back the Heath Quartet, the Gould Piano Trio and cellist Guy Johnston this year. It is also a great privilege to have the Endellion String Quartet, Sounds Baroque, the Castalian Quartet and the pianist Sam Haywood join us at Cratfield for the first time for what promises to be another unforgettable season.” 

For more information about Concerts at Cratfield, including how to buy tickets, please visit our website www.concertsatcratfield.org.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter @concertsatcrat1

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About Concerts at Cratfield

Concerts at Cratfield and its predecessor Blyth Valley Chamber Music began in 1987 and became a charitable trust in 1993 and a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) in 2016.  Concerts at Cratfield presents six afternoon chamber concerts on alternate Sundays over the summer at the church of St Mary’s, Church Road, Cratfield, East Suffolk, IP19 0BU. Concerts include solo recitals, duos and trios through to string quartets and larger ensembles.

Since 2014, Cratfield has welcomed a wide range of leading professional musicians and ensembles, including the Allegri , Badke, Brodsky, Calino, Carducci,  Cavaleri, Elias, Heath, Maxwell, Navarra and Zemlinsky Quartets; the André Trio, Aronovitz Ensemble, Chroma Trio, Lendvai String Trio and Leonore Piano Trio; and artists including tenor James Gilchrist, guitarist Craig Ogden, and pianists Charles Owen, Katya Apekisheva, Anna Tilbrook and Kathryn Stott.

Cratfield is a small village in tranquil and rolling countryside about 5 miles west of the A12, close to Halesworth and Yoxford. We especially welcome young people and students, who can book tickets at half price.

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