French Chamber Classics

The remarkable conjunction of French compositional genius in the late 19th and early 20th centuries is celebrated in this programme. To perform it we have created our own conjunction of stellar talent including Katherine Bryan, one of the most sought after flautists in Britain today and Céline Saout, the Principal Harp with the Orchestra of Opera North and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

Debussy’s evocative Syrinx and a rare performance of Poulenc’s dramatic and entertaining Le bal masqué frame a programme of masterpieces from this high
water mark of French music – including Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite for four hands at one piano: the performance reunites the team of Burgess and Baillieu who brought us The Rite of Spring so memorably in 2015.

Claude Debussy Syrinx (for solo flute) L.129
Maurice Ravel Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet
Gabriel Fauré Piano Quintet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 89*
Maurice Ravel Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite)
Francis Poulenc Le bal masqué for baritone and chamber ensemble FP60

Festival Chamber Soloists
Katherine Bryan flute
Joseph Shiner clarinet
Céline Saout harp
Jamie Campbell violin
Marcus Farnsworth baritone
James Cheung piano*
James Baillieu, Libby Burgess piano

Tickets £25
18 years and under £10

Supported by a private sponsor