Wednesday 6th June 2018 7:30pm

Location: St Andrew’s Parish Church, Sedbergh


Admission: Adult: £8.00, 18 or under: Free

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Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ was composed in 1824 after the composer suffered a serious illness and realised that he was dying. It has dignity, unflinching facing of the inevitable, but abundant beauty and energy as well

The Castalia Quartet was formed in 2004 when Botton Eurythmy Ensemble asked Sonia Hammond to find musicians for several performances of Mendelssohn’s Octet in London, Eire and Botton Village. From this octet came the Castalia Quartet; Julian Cann, first violin and Sonia Hammond, cello are the founding members from 2004. Since then they have been joined by Jennie Jones, second violin in 2007 and Robert Dick, viola in 2013.

The Quartet takes its name from Castalia Hall, Ballytobin, Co. Kilkenny, an outstandingly beautiful wooden circular purpose built concert hall, where it held its first rehearsal and an early concert. Castalia is a spring on mount Parnassos, sacred to Apollo and the muses. Many writers and poets have been inspired by drinking, or more importantly, listening to the waters.

The quartet has performed in many venues all over England, Scotland and Ireland and has a repertoire ranging from Haydn to the present day. It has established a strong working link with Camphill Communities in both countries and is particularly well known in Wales and the Marches for its performances of English music by Elgar, Britten, Bridge, Moeran and others.

Some other events in June 2018

Sunday 3rd June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival: Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’

A dramatic start to the Festival as Mary Hamilton conducts Benjamin Britten’s jolly setting of Psalm 150, followed by soloists and the town’s own singers in Vivaldi’s exhilarating ‘Gloria’.

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Monday 4th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Sedbergh School Musicians Entertain

The 2018 Festival is showcasing young musicians throughout and young musicians from Sedbergh School start us off in style celebrating our first Lunch hour recital.

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Monday 4th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Kentdale Wind Quintet

One of Cumbria’s most exuberant ensembles present Malcolm Arnold shanties,  Norman Hallam’s ‘Charleston’ plus works by Thomas Arne, Paul Patterson, and more.

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Tuesday 5th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Recital: Julian Cann (violin) and David Battersby (piano)

Julian has prepared for us a fine programme of Schubert, Bach and some of his favourite English music.

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Tuesday 5th June 2018 8:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Red Priest

An evening of fabulous musicianship and fun from this world renowned  baroque supergroup who hit the baroque scene a decade or so ago and have received rave reviews everywhere.

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Thursday 7th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Christopher Steele (tenor) & Peter Noke (piano)

A joyful lunchtime swing through operatic favourites by Mozart, Donizetti, Rossini and more in the company of this very fine tenor and his accompanist.

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