Five Weekends of Inspiring Concerts and Events in the Village of Plush, Dorset June - September 2013Plush Festival returns this summer for its eighteenth annual series of concertsheld in the former church of St Johns.London, UK, April 10, 2013 -- Plush Festival returns this summer for its eighteenth annual series of concerts held in the former church of St Johns. Under the Music Direction of leading cellist Adrian Brendel, the festival is known for bringing music of an international calibre to an intimate performance space, where audiences can get close to the music in a stunning rural location.‘The musicianship is uniformly excellent, but it's the spirit behind the music that makes Plush exceptional. With its idyllic setting, and informal warmth, it's asharp contrast to metropolitan concert halls.
Roger Graef, TrusteeAs ever, this year
concerts bring together masterpieces from the classical repertoire alongside a colourful range of new works and sounds. These include a hotlyanticipated solo piano recital by Joanna MacGregor, a song recital featuring Roderick Williams and Christopher Glynn, who perform Schubert
Schwanengesang alongside works by Wagner and Wolf, and appearances from two quartets; BBC New Generation Artists Signum Quartet and the US based Ariel Quartet.Our Emerging Artists and New Horizons weekends shift the focus on to rising stars, including 2012 Honens prize-winning pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, and a spellbinding night of folk music and improvisation with Lithuanian accordionist MartynasLevickis and Mercury Award nominated Sam Lee & Friends.A special Festival Day on Saturday 22 June offers a complementary pre-concert talk and open rehearsal, as well as a Lunchtime and Evening performance, which includes Britten
Metamorphoses alongside readings from Ted Hughes
text by actress Diana Quick. This precedes the first Young Musicians Education Workshop on Sunday23 June, with masterclasses run by our visiting artists in collaboration with local schools.Music at Plush began in 1995, when conductor William Lacey and cellist and Festival Artistic Director Adrian Brendel gave an informal concert for friends - andthis event sparked the creation of the annual festival. During the festival, musicians live and rehearse in the manor house, owned by pianist Alfred Brendel, and give concerts in the intimate 200-seat venue of St Johns, a church turned intoa performance and recording space.New artists visiting this year include leading violinists Elisabeth Kufferath and Clio Gould, leader of the Scottish Ensemble Jonathan Morton, and American violist Mark Holloway. They join regular festival favourites: pianists Charles Owenand Alasdair Beatson, violinists Corey Cerovsek and Thomas Gould and oboist Nicholas Daniel.Booking:Visit www.musicatplush.com for full details.Tickets range from £10 - £30Friends priority booking runs from 25 March - 14 April. To join Friends visit SupportBooking opens to all on 15 AprilContact:Kat BrendelMusic at Plush13 Well Walk,