An exciting programme of performances has been assembled for Stratford on Avon’s annual, mostly classical, music festival, which will run from Friday 13 to Saturday 21 September.

The 2019 Festival, which started in 1996, will take place at the Stratford Playhouse. It will open with Roderick Williams, accompanied by Christopher Glynn (pictured), in his unforgettably powerful in-the-round performance of Schubert’s ‘Winter Journey’ song sequence, in a brilliantly clear new translation by Jeremy Sams. On the first Saturday there will be a two-hour informal ‘Playathon’ by the Orchestra of the Swan, followed on Sunday by a family concert based upon Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. Workshops led by the Stratford Literary Festival will also take place throughout the weekend.

The remainder of the festival offers around a dozen chamber concerts mostly featuring the current and some past BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists (NGAs), some of the most exciting new professional musicians around: guitarist Thibaut Garcia, pianist Mariam Batsashvili, the Aris Quartet (who will add a piano for Schumann’s quintet with NGA Elizabeth Brauss), NGA jazz bassist and composer Misha Mullov-Abbado with his group; while the well-established Gildas Quartet (pictured) will include in their programmes the autumnal Brahms and brilliant Weber clarinet quintets with, respectively, Jack McNeill and Katherine Spencer (former NGA); the Galliard Wind Quintet (former NGAs) will play an exciting programme of 1920s music for winds, and the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra will end the festival in their flamboyant style.

The full programme is published on the Festival’s new website:

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