Programme

Thursday July 6th Penarth Pier Pavilion
7.30pm
Opening Concert Dvorak/Ravel/Beethoven

Friday July 7th Penarth Pier Pavilion
Turner House
10.30am
Relaxed Concert (PPP)
12pm
Young Musicians’ Showcase 1 (TH)
2pm
Public Masterclass (TH)
4pm
Discovering Music (PPP) Schoenberg Pierrot Lunaire
7.30pm
Moonlight Concert (PPP) Debussy/Schoenberg/Schubert

Saturday July 8th All Saints Church
11.15am
Mozart in the Morning - Coffee Concert
12.30pm
Friends Reception
4pm
“How do they get it together?” with Donal Bannister
7pm
Festival Gala Concert Brahms/Tann/Mendelssohn
9.30pm
Myths and Legends - music and readings Debussy/Britten/Szymanowski

Sunday July 9th Penarth Pier Pavilion
Windsor Gardens
10.30am
Family Concert
12pm
Fanfare for Penarth - Windsor Gardens Bandstand
3pm
Flat Holm Island Discs - Afternoon Tea Concert with music and words to celebrate the life of Nicola Heywood-Thomas
5.30pm
Young Musicians’ Showcase 2
7.30pm
Festival Finale Janacek/Smetana/Dvorak


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Thursday June 27th 2024

Opening Concert

  • 7.30pm
  • Thursday July 6th
  • Penarth Pier Pavilion

The festival opens and closes with 2 of Dvorak’s finest chamber works, the fresh and folky Piano Quartet in D major to start and the luxurious and radiant String Sextet to finish. The 2nd movement of Dvorak’s Piano Quartet perhaps pays homage to Schubert’s great quartet Death and the Maiden which you can hear on Friday night and the whole piece is embued with Dvorak’s innate sense of melody. We’re delighted to have the incredible soprano Claire Booth with us to sing Ravel’s wondrous Chansons Madécasses. Beethoven rewrote the rule book with his quartet Op.59 no.1 and it is now one of his most popular and everlasting works.

  • Dvorak Piano Quartet in D major Op. 23

    Lucy Gould - violin, Rebecca Jones - viola, Philip Higham - cello, Jâms Coleman - piano

  • Ravel Chansons Madécasses

    Claire Booth - soprano, Matthew Featherstone - flute, Alice Neary - cello, Jâms Coleman - piano

  • Beethoven String Quartet in F major op.59 no.1

    David Adams - violin, Magnus Johnston - violin, Tom Dunn - viola, Alice Neary - cello


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Friday June 28th 2024

Relaxed Concert

  • 10.30am
  • Friday July 7th - (PPP)
  • Penarth Pier Pavilion

A concert in a supportive environment for those with special needs, their families and carers. Please note there is no need to maintain silence or keep still during this performance. Please email info@penarthchambermusicfestival.org.uk if you need further information


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Young Musicians Showcase 1

  • 12pm
  • Friday July 7th - (TH)
  • Turner House

Concert featuring talented young musicians


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Public Masterclass

  • 2pm
  • Friday July 7th - (TH)
  • Turner House

Laura Samuel (former member of Belcea Quartet) shares her experience with the next generation of chamber musicians.


£5 free for students

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Discovering Music

  • 4pm
  • Friday July 7th - (PPP)
  • Penarth Pier Pavilion

James Lea introduces and discusses Schoenberg’s groundbreaking, expressionist masterpiece Pierrot Lunaire with live examples from the festival musicians. A great way to get inside this piece before the evening performance.


£5 (free for students)

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Moonlight Concert

  • 7.30pm
  • Friday July 7th - (PPP)
  • Penarth Pier Pavilion

We’ll whisk you off into the night with this dramatic programme of music drawing on themes from the darker side of life.

  • Debussy Cello Sonata L.135 (“Pierrot fâché avec la lune”)

    Philip Higham cello, Jâms Coleman - piano

  • Schoenberg Pierrot Lunaire

    Claire Booth - soprano, David Adams - violin/viola, Alice Neary - cello, Matthew Featherstone - flute/piccolo, Tom Verity - clarinet/bass clarinet, Jâms Coleman - piano

  • Schubert String Quartet in D minor D.810 “Death and the Maiden”

    Laura Samuel - violin, Lucy Gould - violin, Tom Dunn - viola, Philip Higham - cello


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Saturday June 29th 2024

Mozart in the Morning

  • 11.15am
  • Saturday July 8th
  • All Saints Church

Doors open from 10.30am for coffee and croissant

  • Mozart Oboe Quartet in F major k.370

    Steven Hudson - oboe, Lucy Gould - violin, Rebecca Jones - viola, Philip Higham - cello

  • Mozart Der Spiegel Duet or Table Music k.248dd

    Magnus Johnston - violin, Laura Samuel - violin

  • Mozart String Quintet in G minor k.516

    David Adams - violin, Magnus Johnston - violin, Tom Dunn - viola, Rebecca Jones - viola, Alice Neary - cello


£15 and free for 8-25 year olds (including coffee and croissant)

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Reception for Festival Friends

  • 12.30pm
  • Saturday July 8th
  • All Saints Church

A drinks reception with festival musicians for Friends and Patrons of PCMF. A chance for us to thank our generous supporters. If you would like to join the Friends of Penarth Chamber Music Festival, please follow this link.


Supports Us

“How do they get it together?” with Donal Bannister

  • 4pm
  • Saturday July 8th
  • All Saints Church

Donal, principal trombone of BBCNOW and loyal PCMF supporter presents a relaxed and entertaining discussion on the mechanics of playing chamber music.


£5 and free for 8-25 year olds

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Festival Gala Concert

  • 7pm
  • Saturday July 8th
  • All Saints Church

A thrilling programme featuring Hilary Tann's magical ‘The Walls of Morlais Castle” alongside Brahms 1st String Quintet in F major and Mendelssohn’s exuberant and uplifting Octet written when he was 16 years old.

  • Brahms String Quintet in F major op.88

    Magnus Johnston - violin, Laura Samuel - violin, David Adams - viola, Tom Dunn - viola, Alice Neary - cello

  • Hilary Tann The Walls of Morlais Castle for oboe, viola and cello

    Steven Hudson - oboe, David Adams - viola - Alice Neary - cello

  • Mendelssohn Octet in Eb op.20

    Lucy Gould - violin, Laura Samuel - violin, Magnus Johnston - violin, David Adams - violin, Tom Dunn - viola, Rebecca Jones - viola, Philip Higham - cello, Alice Neary - cello


£20 and free for 8-25 year olds or £25 for both evening concerts

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Myths and Legends - music and readings

  • 9.30pm
  • Saturday July 8th
  • All Saints Church

A concert based around Greek Myths to include music and readings.

  • Debussy Syrinx L.129

    Matthew Featherstone - flute

  • Britten Six Metamorphoses after Ovid op.49

    Steven Hudson - oboe

  • Syzmanowski Mythes “Trois Poèmes” op.30

    Laura Samuel - violin, Jâms Coleman - piano


£10 and free for 8-25 year olds - including a glass of wine or soft drink (or £25 for both evening concerts)

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Sunday June 30th 2024

Family Concert “The Mystery of the Missing Maestro”

  • 10.30am
  • Sunday July 9th
  • Penarth Pier Pavilion

Presented by Lenny Sayers and featuring children from local primary schools alongside the festival musicians, this is sure to be an amusing and entertaining 45 mins on a Sunday morning - fun for all the family!


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Fanfare for Penarth with Symphonic Brass

  • 12pm
  • Sunday July 9th
  • Windsor Gardens Bandstand

After the success of last years concert on the pier the fantastic young musicians of CCVG Symphonic Brass present a concert of popular classics in the open air overlooking Bristol Channel.


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Flat Holm Island Discs - music and words to celebrate the life of Nicola Heywood-Thomas

  • 3pm
  • Sunday July 9th
  • Penarth Pier Pavilion

This year we will a celebrate the life of broadcaster and journalist Nicola Heywood-Thomas who sadly died in April. The music will be chosen by her family and friends to reflect her passionate love for music throughout her life and performed ‘live’ by the festival musicians. Tim Rhys-Evans OBE, Director of Music RWCMD, and Rachel Jones CEO Arts & Business Cymru will host the event, as two of Nicola’s closest friends. Afternoon tea will be served.


£15 and free for 8-25 year olds - includes tea and cake

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Young Musicians Showcase 2

  • 5.30pm
  • Sunday July 9th
  • Penarth Pier Pavilion

A concert featuring young talented musicians.


FREE EVENT - Donations welcome

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Festival Finale

  • 7.30pm
  • Sunday July 9th
  • Penarth Pier Pavilion

The Festival Finale has a bohemian feel to it, allowing us to really let our hair down! Janacek’s stunning and profoundly moving violin sonata with Smetana’s richly romantic piano trio is followed by the deep sonority of Dvorak’s string sextet to finish the festival with a flourish!

  • Janacek Violin Sonata JW V11/7

    David Adams - violin, Jâms Coleman - piano

  • Smetana Piano trio in G minor op.15

    Magnus Johnston - violin, Philip Higham - cello, Jâms Coleman - piano

  • Dvoràk String Sextet in A major Op.48

    Laura Samuel - violin, Lucy Gould - violin, Rebecca Jones - viola, Tom Dunn - viola, Alice Neary - cello, Philip Higham - cello


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Artistic Directors

  • David Adams and Alice Neary

Patron

  • Rebecca Evans CBE