London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) April 10, 2013 -- Plush Festival returns this summer for its eighteenth annual series of concerts held in the former church of St Johns. Under the Music Direction of leading cellist Adrian Brendel, the festival is known for bringing music of an international calibre to an intimate performance space, where audiences can get close to the music in a stunning rural location.
'The musicianship is uniformly excellent, but it's the spirit behind the music that makes Plush exceptional. With its idyllic setting, and informal warmth, it's a sharp contrast to metropolitan concert halls.' Roger Graef, Trustee
As ever, this year's concerts bring together masterpieces from the classical repertoire alongside a colourful range of new works and sounds. These include a hotly anticipated solo piano recital by Joanna MacGregor, a song recital featuring Roderick Williams and Christopher Glynn, who perform Schubert's Schwanengesang alongside works by Wagner and Wolf, and appearances from two quartets; BBC New Generation Artists Signum Quartet and the US based Ariel Quartet.
Our Emerging Artists and New Horizons weekends shift the focus on to rising stars, including 2012 Honens prize-winning pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, and a spellbinding night of folk music and improvisation with Lithuanian accordionist Martynas Levickis and Mercury Award nominated Sam Lee & Friends.
A special Festival Day on Saturday 22 June offers a complementary pre-concert talk and open rehearsal, as well as a Lunchtime and Evening performance, which includes Britten's Metamorphoses alongside readings from Ted Hughes' text by actress Diana Quick. This precedes the first Young Musicians Education Workshop on Sunday 23 June, with masterclasses run by our visiting artists in collaboration with local schools.
Music at Plush began in 1995, when conductor William Lacey and cellist and Festival Artistic Director Adrian Brendel gave an informal concert for friends - and this event sparked the creation of the annual festival. During the festival, musicians live and rehearse in the manor house, owned by pianist Alfred Brendel, and give concerts in the intimate 200-seat venue of St Johns, a church turned into a performance and recording space.
New artists visiting this year include leading violinists Elisabeth Kufferath and Clio Gould, leader of the Scottish Ensemble Jonathan Morton, and American violist Mark Holloway. They join regular festival favourites: pianists Charles Owen and Alasdair Beatson, violinists Corey Cerovsek and Thomas Gould and oboist Nicholas Daniel.
Visit http://www.musicatplush.com for full details.
Tickets range from £10 - £30
Friends priority booking runs from 25 March - 14 April. To join Friends visit Support
Booking opens to all on 15 April