Ema Nikolovska mezzo soprano
Aris Quartet

Ema Nikolovska recital prog. 45’
Kurtág Officium breve in memoriam Andreae
Szervánsky Op. 28 13’
Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8 in C minor 22’

Macedonian mezzo-soprano Ema Nikolovska ended 2019 on a high: winning the Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, and being selected both as a BBC New Generation Artist and a member of the Young Classical Artists Trust. A keen performer of song repertoire, with a richly toned voice, Ema opens our second NGA recital. The Aris Quartet return with Kurtág’s first string quartet, which launched his career as a composer in 1959. This is followed by Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet, written in only three days and under significant mental strain. The composer had made the reluctant decision to openly support the Communist Party – a choice he knew would be regarded as a betrayal by his friends and colleagues.

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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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