Summer Music 2005 Week I  

Saturday 9 July – Sunday 31 July

The above Festival, held annually at The Old School, Bridge Street , Hadleigh, Suffolk , will open its doors Saturday 9 July for a series of 15 concerts with artists from the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, and the Czech Republic .

As is customary the London City Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble form the backbone of the programmes. Concert goers will have the opportunity of hearing as well pianist Eri Higashide from Japan; mezzo-soprano Edita Randová from the Czech Republic; and Wolfgang Hammer , violin, Roxana Mereutza , cello, and conductor Wolfgang Wappler from Germany.

The very popular Saturday morning Kaffee und Kuchen series includes works by Georges Enescu to commemorate the 50 th year of his death, Weber, Schoenberg, and Mozart.

The Wednesday Supper Concerts include an all-Chopin concert on 13 July by Thomas McIntosh; an interesting and intriguing programme of works by Haydn, Kreisler, and Rawsthorne on July 20; and a very special concert and tribute to Lord Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar on 27 July.

The opening concerts on 9/10 July feature the two Violin Sonatas by Ferrucio Busoni and the two piano trios by Felix Mendelssohn. Players include Andrew Phillips , violin; Claire Constable , cello; and Thomas McIntosh, piano.

The first Wednesday Supper Concert is devoted to the piano works of Frédéric Chopin, performed by Thomas McIntosh, and include the Andante Spianato, Opus 22; the Piano Sonatas Nos 2 & 3, and the Three Mazurkas Opus 59.

A musical theme running through the Festival this year is the performance of works

by Victor Yellin , American composer. A friend of The Old School and a mentor of McIntosh, Victor Yellin 's works are presented as a homage to him in his 80 th year and will offer an unusual opportunity to hear this fine composer and his works of telling emotion and expert craftsmanship.

The Piano Masterclass will run concurrently with the Festival, and a special brochure is available from The Old School, Bridge Street , Hadleigh.

All in all definitely a Festival with music for every taste, as well as the gardens at The Old School, ready to be enjoyed by concert goers.

Further information is available by telephone at 01473 822596; fax at 01473 824175; email at thomas.mcintosh@minstrelmusic.co.uk . Photographs of the artists can be emailed for publication