BBC Radio 3 is broadcasting a series of lunchtime concerts live from St David’s Hall, Cardiff this week celebrating artists who would have performed at the 2020 Cheltenham Music Festival and capturing the essence of the programme.
Julian Bliss was due to bring his Wind Ensemble to the Festival, while Tim Horton had curated our immersive weekend at Syde Manor. Anna Lapwood’s organ recital was part of the Festival’s Replay strand – championing new works beyond their first performance. Local favourites the Carducci Quartet perform a world premiere from Daniel Fardon, a Cheltenham Composer Academy 2019 alumnus. And award-winning young horn player Ben Goldscheider performs the recital he would have played in our Rush Hour series, which celebrates the best up-and-coming talent.
Beethoven, Fardon and Dvorak String Quartets
Tuesday 24 Nov, 1 – 2pm
The Carducci Quartet play Beethoven’s Serioso Quartet, Daniel Fardon’s new work Elements of Disco, commissioned by the Festival, and Dvořák’s American Quartet, evoking early-morning summer walks in Iowa.
Poulenc, Debussy and Gershwin
Wednesday 25 Nov, 1 – 2pm
Julian Bliss and pianist Tim Horton perform Clarinet Sonatas by Poulenc and Bernstein; and music by Debussy, Gershwin and Joseph Horowitz.
Organ music by Gowers, Parks, Ravel and Kerensa Briggs
Thursday 26 Nov, 1 – 2pm
Anna Lapwood’s imaginatively sequenced programme includes Patrick Gowers’ Tocata, first premiered at the Festival five decades ago.
Beethoven and York Bowen Horn Sonatas
Friday 27 Nov, 1 – 2pm
Ben Goldscheider is joined by renowned Welsh pianist and composer Huw Watkins to perform a programme by Beethoven and York Bowen, Schumann and Allan Abbot.
The concerts are presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas. Each concert will be broadcast live at 1pm on BBC Radio 3 – and via BBC Sounds up to 30 days after the broadcast.