Robert Plane at Corbridge Festival

Robert Plane at Corbridge Festival

This weekend sees the 21st edition – ‘To the New World’ – of the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival in Northumberland, of which Robert Plane and the Gould Piano Trio are joint artistic directors.

Over the course of the weekend, eight concerts will take place in St Andrew’s Church, Corbridge, featuring an array of world-class performers, with guests including Donald Grant, Gary Pomeroy, Pascal Siffert, Martin Storey and James Mayhew, alongside Rob and the Trio.

This year’s festival is themed around Antonín Dvořák, focussing especially on his journey to New York in 1892. The programmes of the festival’s concerts explore the effects of this journey on his own music and on emerging American composers of the time, as well as celebrating New York as a centre of musical experimentation across many decades.

The festival begins in earnest on Friday evening with the 6pm Opening Concert featuring Dvořák’s String Quartet in Eb, op. 97, alongside works by Ives, Martinů and Haydn. Later on Friday evening Rob will perform Steve Reich’s ‘New York Counterpoint’ for clarinet and tape, as part of a programme entitled ‘New York, New York’, also including music by Bernstein, Clarke and Ives. In the Steve Reich the audience will hear the ten backing tracks recorded by Rob himself, in preparation for this concert.

Saturday sees four different concerts throughout the day, starting with ‘Musical Magic Carpets’ in the morning, in which author-performer-illustrator James Mayhew will present a programme of Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov, Debussy and more. Rob will also feature in the lunchtime concert, performing Brahms’s Clarinet Sonata no. 2 in Eb, op. 120, no. 2, alongside Adolf Busch’s Piano Quintet.

Sunday’s afternoon concert features music by the festival’s composer-in-residence, John Casken, before the Festival Finale concert takes place at 7.30pm. Rob will perform in Crusell’s Clarinet Quartet no. 1 in Eb, op. 2, as part of a programme including Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A minor and Dvořák’s Piano Trio in F minor, op. 65.

Tickets for the weekend’s concerts can be obtained via the Festival website, which also contains more information about each of the weekend’s concerts.

Robert Plane | Corbridge Chamber Music Festival: Northumberland | Fri 26 – Sun 28 July

Friday 6:00 pm: Opening Concert
Friday 9:30 pm: ‘New York, New York’

Saturday 11:00 am: ‘Musical Magic Carpets’
Saturday 2:00 pm: Brahms & Busch
Saturday 7:30 pm: Dvořák, Casken & Brahms
Saturday 10:00 pm: ‘Late Night Fiddle’

Sunday 03:00 pm: Casken, Beach & Dvořák
Sunday 07:30pm: Festival Finale