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Berkeley Ensemble
Katherine Broderick soprano

Ravel Introduction & Allegro 11’
Debussy Sonata for flute, harp, viola 18’
Ravel Chansons madécasses 14’
Debussy Musique de scène pour les Chansons de Bilitis 9’
Kenneth Hesketh The Singing Bone (Premiere) 9’
Debussy, arr. Hesketh Les soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon (Premiere) 3’
Debussy, arr. Hesketh Deux Arabesques 9’
Michael Berkeley Nocturne 12’

A welcome return for the Berkeley Ensemble, named for father and son Lennox and Michael Berkeley, the latter a previous Festival Artistic Director whose music closes the programme. They are joined by radiant soprano Katherine Broderick for chamber works by Debussy and Ravel, which paint canvases of intimate seduction. Kenneth Hesketh invites us into the woods of a darker sound-world with his setting of a Brothers Grimm tale, shortly followed by world premieres of Hesketh’s Debussy arrangements (Cheltenham Music Festival commissions).

Supported by The Gandel Trust

Venue

Pittville Pump Room

Pittville Pump Room is an elegant Grade 1 listed Regency building and perhaps the most famous example of Regency architecture in Cheltenham. Standing in regal splendour at one end of Pittville Park, the Pump Room is a monument to more than 100 years of fame that Cheltenham enjoyed as a Spa town.

The Festival’s morning recitals at the Pump Room are its continuing glory

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