2018 Festival


Welcome to the seventh Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival! This year celebrates not only Brahms and Friends, but also deep family connections among the composers and musicians alike. Husbands and wives (Robert and Clara Schumann), father and daughter (Brett Dean and Lotte in their first recital together), siblings (Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Magnus and I), uncle and niece (Ben and Mary Bevan), not to mention old and new friends!

Deep connections have long been associated between Brahms and the Schumann’s, and some of their most cherished chamber works can be heard during the weekend, heading towards Brahms’ exquisite Requiem for the finale.

Energetic works by the Mendelssohn’s also feature and we are delighted to welcome acclaimed violist and composer, Brett Dean, the Lendvai String Trio, and Mark Austin and the Faust Chamber Orchestra for the first time. It’s a pleasure to have the Hertfordshire Chorus return, along with other artists from this wonderful County including eminent clarinettist, Julian Bliss, and pianist, Anna Tilbrook. James Gilchrist and Melvyn Tan are also returning as are the Aronowitz Ensemble who have been reunited despite its members living in different countries around the globe more recently!

We will be joined again by Stephen Johnson for some more inspired and insightful pre-concert talks. These were greatly enjoyed by those who attended last year, and I urge you to go, as I’m sure these will sharpen our listening experience and curiosity during the festival.

What more could one wish for than a weekend of delightful Lieder, Solos, Duets, Trios, Quartets, Quintets, and extended Chamber Orchestra works in the beautiful and inspiring setting of Hatfield House. Please join us!


Guy Johnston, Artistic Director

Thursday 20 September 7.30pm, The Old Palace

Mendelssohn Overture ‘The Hebrides’ Op.26
Brahms Concerto for violin and cello Op.102
Brahms Symphony No.1 Op.68

Magnus Johnston violin
Guy Johnston cello
Mark Austin conductor
Faust Chamber Orchestra

Pre-concert talk by David Nice 6.45pm

Friday 21 September 5pm, Marble Hall

Mendelssohn Variations Concertantes
Schumann Fantasiestücke Op.73
Brahms Trio for clarinet, cello and piano Op. 114

Julian Bliss clarinet
Melvyn Tan piano
Guy Johnston cello

Friday 21 September 8pm, Marble Hall

Fanny Mendelssohn Notturno in G minor for solo piano
Röntgen String Trio No.4 in D major ‘Waltzer Suite’
Dvořák Miniatures arranged for string trio Op.75a
Brahms Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor Op.25

Lendvai Trio
Melvyn Tan piano

Saturday 22 September 5pm, Marble Hall

Clara Schumann Three Romances Op.22
Fanny Mendelssohn Adagio in E for violin and piano
Mendelssohn Song without Words Op. 109 for cello and piano
Schumann Piano Quartet in E flat major Op.47

Tom Poster piano
Elena Urioste violin
Ylvali Zilliacus viola
Guy Johnston cello

Saturday 22 September 8pm, Marble Hall

Clara Schumann Six Lieder Op.13
Brahms Two settings of Felix Schumann from Op.63
Schumann Liederkreis Op.24
Brahms Piano Quartet No.2 in A major Op.26

James Gilchrist tenor
Anna Tilbrook piano
Aronowitz Ensemble

Sunday 23 September 12pm, The Old Palace

Mendelssohn String Quintet No.2 in B flat Op.87
Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op.115

Julian Bliss clarinet
Aronowitz Ensemble

Sunday 23 September 5pm, Marble Hall

Schumann Märchenbilder for viola and piano Op.113

Brahms – Selected Lieder:
Ständchen Op.106 No.1
Sapphische Ode Op.94 No. 4
Meine Liebe ist Grün Op.63 No.5
O kühler Wald Op.72 No.3
Unbewegte Laue Luft Op.57 No.8

Brahms Klavierstücke Op.119 No.1, Intermezzo in B Minor
Brett Dean Homage à Brahms
Brahms Klavierstücke Op.119 No.4, Rhapsody in E Flat Major
Brahms Geistliche Lieder Op.91 for voice, viola and piano

Lotte Betts-Dean mezzo soprano
Brett Dean viola
Melvyn Tan piano
Tom Poster piano

Sunday 23 September 8pm, The Old Palace

Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem Op.45 (performed in German)

Mark Austin conductor
Ailish Tynan soprano
Ben McAteer baritone
Hertfordshire Chorus
Faust Chamber Orchestra