2017 Festival

Welcome to the sixth Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival!

Following on from our Bach inspired festival, this year we have chosen the theme of Creation through musical dialogue.

We can look forward to musical offerings from three quartets, two orchestras, a chorus and a number of acclaimed singers and soloists. Works by Haydn will feature throughout the festival, opening with the lively Cello Concerto in C and culminating with his uplifting oratorio The Creation, directed from the keyboard by Susanna Stranders.

We also celebrate our theme with other works inspired by nature as well as featuring thrilling British contemporary works by Adés, Phibbs, Roth, Moseley and Beamish that have been premiered by our musicians in residence.

We can look forward to hearing other familiar masterpieces including Beethoven’s evocative Pastoral Symphony, performed from memory by London’s leading Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon, Schubert’s heavenly String Quintet with the legendary Endellion Quartet, as well as a sonorous Brahms Quartet in a new venue, The Long Gallery, with the wonderful Elias String Quartet.

There will be a feast of quartet repertoire with other special musicians joining these internationally acclaimed ensembles for interesting collaborations. The quartets will also join forces for the extraordinary Enescu Octet and ever popular Mendelssohn Octet.

We are delighted to welcome back the Navarra Quartet, James Gilchrist, Nicholas Daniel as well as an array of new artists, not least the illustrious tenor, Ian Bostridge on the opening night and recent BBC Young Musician of the Year, Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Please do join us for another memorable weekend packed full of shared musical moments at Hatfield House.

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Guy Johnston
Artistic Director