Plush 1 Fri 16 Jun
Jazz Trio 7:30pm | £20

Hayden Chisholm Saxophone
Kit Downes Piano
Petter Eldh Bass

Prodigious pianist Kit Downes joins forces with New Zealand saxophonist Hayden Chisholm and Swedish bassist Petter Eldh in a tantalising first encounter.

The trio will perform compositions inspired by and dedicated to the late great John Taylor, who gave such memorable concerts at Plush, while also drawing on this year’s festival themes to improvise with some of the different musical forms.

A brilliant soloist who builds ideas slowly into cascades of melodic ideas…His prodigious keyboard skills avoid obvious neo-bop tendencies with highly imaginative tunes and expansive, melodic solos.

Mike Flynn, Time Out on Kit Downes

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Plush 2 Sat 17 Jun
Poetry Reading & Talk 5:30pm | £5

David Harsent

Listen to award-winning poet David Harsent recite his poems and discuss his work with Harrison Birtwistle ahead of the evening performance, where the poems take a different life in song.

“Brilliantly cadenced, caustic, tender, these poems chart domestic observations like a heart-graph.”

Financial Times

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Plush 3 Sat 17 Jun
Song Recital 7:30pm | £25

Mark Padmore voice
Andrew West piano
Adrian Brendel cello

Schubert
‘Auf dem Strom’ for tenor, cello & piano D943

Birtwistle
‘Songs from the Same Earth’ for tenor & piano (2013 – 25 mins)

Schubert
Der Wanderer an den Mond D870
Im Freien D880
Am Fenster D878
Das Zügenglöcklein D871
Viola D786
Die Sterne D939
Des Fischers Liebesglück D933
Der Winterabend D938

“The quintessential English tenor”

The Seattle Times

‘Technically and interpretatively the finest accompanist in Britain.’

Independent on Sunday

Mark Padmore joins Andrew West for a special performance of Schubert’s elegiac late songs.

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Plush 4 Fri 14 Jul
Insights I: Birtwistle Trio 5.30pm | £5

Corey Cerovsek violin
Adrian Brendel cello
Tim Horton piano

Michael Berkeley discusses Harrison Birtwistle’s Piano Trio with the composer and Adrian Brendel, followed by a performance of the piece, which was specially written for Adrian Brendel, Corey Cerovsek and Till Fellner in 2010.

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Plush 5 Fri 14 Jul
Machaut & Organum 7:30pm | £20

Gothic Voices vocal ensemble
Adrian Brendel cello
John Harle saxophone quartet featuring students from Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Organum & Elaboration (30 mins)

Guillaume de Machaut
Messe de Notre Dame (1320-1370, 50 mins)*

*This programme has been changed from Motets to Messe

This is a unique event at Plush, bringing together the renowned Gothic Voices with the intriguing combination of saxophone and cello. One of the first important polyphonic composers, Guillaume de Machaut’s music has been hugely influential through centuries, and together with the bewitching 11th century Organum plainchant from Salisbury Cathedral is startling in its originality and beauty. The plainchant has been arranged by John Harle and Adrian as linking tropes between the five movements of the mass.

“Sustenance for the soul, a short-cut to bliss…”

The Times (Gothic Voices)

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Plush 6-11 Sat 15 Jul
Festival Day Ticket 1pm | £35

Tim Horton piano
Lawrence Power viola
Adrian Brendel cello
Corey Cerovsek violin
Tim Williams percussion

A full day ticket gives you access to all events; three concerts, an open rehearsal and film screening at a discounted price. There will be refreshments and a BBQ available in the evening, or bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds of the house or church. You can still book for individual events without a day ticket.

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Plush 6 Sat 15 Jul
Lunchtime Concert 1pm | £10

Corey Cerovsek violin
Lawrence Power viola
Adrian Brendel cello
Tim Horton piano

Beethoven ‘Eyeglasses Duo’ for viola & cello WoO 32 (9 mins)
Birtwistle ‘Precis’, ‘Sarabande: The King’s Farewell’ (7 mins)
Michael Berkeley ‘At a Solemn Wake’ (7.5 mins)
Bartók Duos for 2 violins (10 mins)
Beethoven Cello Sonata in G minor, No. 2 Op. 5  (20 mins)

“Lawrence Power plays with a tone as dark as a ‘cello and a technique as agile as a violinist’s – the ideal combination…”

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

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Plush 7 Sat 15 Jul
Open Rehearsal 2.30pm | Free

Corey Cerovsek violin
Lawrence Power viola
Adrian Brendel cello
Tim Horton piano

Schumann
Piano Quartet, Op. 47

Join the musicians for an informal rehearsal and valuable insight into the rehearsal process ahead of the evening concert.

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Plush 8 Sat 15 Jul
Film Screening: The Triumph of Time 4pm | Free

A special showing of this film about Birtwistle’s music; featuring eloquent discussions, rehearsal footage and a complete performance of one of his most important orchestral works.

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Plush 9 Sat 15 Jul
Insights II: The Axe Manual 5.30pm | £5

Tim Horton piano
Tim Williams percussion

Birtwistle
‘The Axe Manual’ for piano & percussion (20 mins)

“The Axe Manual turns the fascination with tone-colour and texture into an absorbing musical drama.”

Gramophone

Michael Berkeley discusses this unique and exuberant work with Birtwistle and the musicians before a special performance. Written for pianist Emanuel Ax, the piece extends the possibilities of piano and percussion to imaginative new horizons.

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Plush 10 Sat 15 Jul
Evening Concert 7:30pm | £25

Corey Cerovsek Violin
Lawrence Power Viola
Adrian Brendel Cello
Tim Horton Piano
Tim Williams percussion

Haydn Trio in F# minor, Hob XV:26 (Horton, Power, Brendel)

Berio ‘Naturale’ for viola & percussion (Power, Williams)

Brahms 4 Ballades, Op. 10 (Horton)
Schumann Piano Quartet, Op. 47 (Cerovsek, Power, Horton, Brendel)

Two masterpieces by Haydn and Schumann frame an atmospheric programme that includes Brahms’ poetic early piano Ballades and Luciano Berio’s stunning written improvisation for solo viola, accompanied by percussion.

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Plush 11 Tue 5 Sep
Piano Recital 7:30pm | £30

Sir András Schiff piano

J. S. Bach
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846–869

Legendary pianist Sir András Schiff returns to Plush for a special performance of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, a benchmark for all pianists. This visit precedes his solo Prom which takes place at the Royal Albert Hall a few days after this concert.

“The range of colours Schiff conjured from the instrument was astounding.”

The Guardian

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Plush 12 Fri 8 Sep
Bach & Birtwistle 7:30pm | £20

Jonathan Cohen continuo, direction
Jonathan Morton violin
Adrian Brendel cello
Tom Dunn viola
Melinda Maxwell oboe
Adam Walker flute
Lucy Wakeford harp

J. S. Bach
‘The Musical Offering’, BWV 1079, 1hr

Birtwistle
A selection from ‘Orpheus Elegies’ for Oboe & Harp, 15 mins

Dynamic leader and harpsichordist Jonathan Cohen of elite period ensemble Arcangelo directs this stellar group of musicians in an unmissable performance of Bach’s Musical Offering.

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Plush 13 Sat 9 Sep
Emerging Artists 7:30pm | £20

Stephen Waarts violin
Timothy Ridout viola
Melinda Maxwell oboe
Adrian Brendel cello
Lucy Wakeford harp
Jonathan Cohen continuo

Mozart
Duo for violin & viola No. 1, K 423

Zelenka
Sonata No. 3 IN
Bb major for oboe, violin & continuo, ZWV 181

Birtwistle
‘Crowd’ for solo harp

Debussy
Sonata for flute, viola & harp

Mozart
Divertimento for String Trio in E Flat Major, K 563

 

Stephen Waarts and Tim Ridout are prizewinning string players at the start of their career. They join members of the Plush Ensemble for a richly varied programme that brings the curtain down on our season with Mozart’s Divertimento. This follows a baroque masterpiece by Zelenka and Debussy’s greatest sonata, which frame Harry’s final work of the summer for solo harp.

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Student Day Sun 10 Sep
Plush Young Musicians Workshop 10am | Free

Visiting musicians

Melinda Maxwell oboe
J.P. Ekins piano
Adrian Brendel cello
Stephen Waarts violin
Rebecca Meitlis Feldenkrais

Talented students from around Dorset (aged 11-18) are invited to Plush Manor for a free day of masterclasses, Feldenkrais and ensemble workshops led by our visiting professional musicians. The day aims to inspire a joy of chamber music and spark new connections in an artistic and friendly environment. 

“What a wonderful opportunity for the participants to work with such talented professionals!”

Elizabeth Sweetnam, local pianist.

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