Festival events

Weekend 1

Saturday 7 May, 7.30pm  Ligeti Quartet

Sunday 8 May, 3.30pm  Stockhausen: Am Himmel wandre ich

Sunday 8 May, 7.30pm  Two new operas

Weekend 2

Saturday 14 May, 3.30pm  Music for violin and piano

Saturday 14 May, 7.30pm  Wetlands: Stephen Gutman, piano

Sunday 15 May, 3.30pm  Celebrating Judith Weir

Sunday 15 May, 7.30pm  Kate Ryder - A Piano Diary

Saturday 7 May 2022, 7.30pm


Ligeti Quartet

For the opening concert, the acclaimed Ligeti Quartet

present an exciting programme of recent works

for string quartet.

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Cassandra Miller                

Ayanna Witter-Johnson     

Carola Bauckholt              

Arthur Keegan-Bole           

John Luther Adams          

Christian Mason              


'Swainson's Thrush' from Warblework (2011)

Earth (2018)

Lichtung (2012)

Afterwards - Elegies for Tom (2022)

Wind in High Places (2011)

Sardinian Songbook (2018)

Tickets: £12 (£8 concessions)


Sunday 8 May 2022, 3.30pm

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Am Himmel wandre ich 

"... make it beautiful, get out your rainbow colours..."

"I am like the quetzal bird"

Two singers perform twelve songs based on indigenous American texts, reflecting on nature, mysticism, life and the universe. Growing out of a single note and taking in a range of vocal sounds and theatrical gestures, this rare performance of Stockhausen's 1972 classic is not to be missed. 

Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions)



Sunday 8 May 2022, 7.30pm

Opera now: two new works for solo voice 

Gina Fergione

and Lynda Morgan


Susannah Self

Emily Hobhouse:"that bloody woman" (first performance)



Analysis, an installation opera

Two new works by composer/performers take the operatic genre to new places with just a solo voice, instruments and soundscape.


In Analysis, Susannah Self explores turning points in her own life, through the prism of a ten-year period of Jungian analysis. The result is by turns dark, witty, true and revealing. 

Gina Fergione and Lynda Morgan's Emily Hobhouse, "that bloody woman", is based on the life of campaigner and activist Emily Hobhouse who defied the government at the time to raise awareness of conditions in British concentration camps during the Boehr War.  

Tickets: £12 (£8 concessions)



Saturday 14 May 2022, 3.30pm

Music for violin and piano

Jane Faulkner (violin)
Gary Peacock (piano)

Perpetual Pavan
Kiss on Wood
Spiegel im Spiegel
Voyager (first performance)
Suite Hébraïque No. 6

David Braid
James MacMillan
Arvo Pärt
Gary Peacock
Srul Irving Glick

The second festival weekend kicks off with a programme featuring two absolute classics of the contemporary violin repertoire by James MacMillan and Arvo Pärt, alongside the haunting sixth Suite Hébraïque by Canadian composer Srul Irving Glick.

Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions)



Saturday 14 May 2022, 7.30pm



Stephen Gutman's exquisitely crafted programme brings together a variety of works for solo piano reflecting on nature and birdsong in particular, by composers of the 20th and 21st century. 

Olivier Messiaen
Per Nørgård
Olivier Messiaen

Katharine Norman
Olivier Messiaen

Clive Pollard
Katharine Norman

Nick Huggins

Peter Wiegold
Olivier Messiaen

Simon Holt
Olivier Messiaen
Julian Anderson
Olivier Messiaen

Petites Esquisses d’Oiseaux 1 (Robin)
Light of a Night (Paul meets Bird)
Petites Esquisses d’Oiseaux 2 (Blackbird)

Cold light, 6am; Still, Clear 

Petites Esquisses d’Oiseaux 3 (Robin)

The Dragonfly
High Force

A few yards out to sea...


Petites Esquisses d’Oiseaux 4 (Songthrush)

'a long cast shadow'

Petites Esquisses d’Oiseaux 5 (Robin)
Etude - '"By and by, out of the white horizon, the long, low sea"

Petites Esquisses d’Oiseaux 6 (Lark)

Tickets: £12 (£8 concessions)



Sunday 15 May 2022, 3.30pm

Celebrating Judith Weir and friends

Sarah Leonard (soprano)
Stephen Gutman (piano)

Jonathan Dove

Judith Weir

Judith Weir

Joe Cutler

Judith Weir

Jonathan Dove

My Love is Mine                   

A Spanish Liederbooklet            

The Art of Touching the Keyboard        

In Praise of Dreams                                     

King Harald’s Saga

Five Am’rous Sighs                                                     

We celebrate the vibrant and inventive music of Judith Weir in this Sunday afternoon concert. A pianistic tour-de-force and a set of three colourful Spanish songs are followed by the virtuoso, King Harald's Saga, in which Sarah Leonard takes on all eight roles in this 'grand opera in three acts for solo soprano'. Cycles of songs by Joe Cutler and Jonathan Dove complete the programme. 

Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions)



Sunday 15 May 2022, 7.30pm

A Piano Diary

Kate Ryder (piano, amplified piano and toy pianos)

John Cage

George Crumb

Dai Fujikura

Brian Inglis

Meredith Monk

Stephen Montague

Judith Weir

Julia Wolfe

Suite for Toy Piano

A Little Midnight Music, for amplified piano

Akiko’s Diary, for piano

Four Pieces for Toy Piano

Railroad (Travel Song), for piano

Mirabella, for toy piano

Fragile (A Love Song), for piano

East Broadway, for toy piano and toy beatbox

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Kate Ryder wraps up the festival with an intimate and exciting programme of music for piano and toy pianos, with particular resonance for these uncertain times. From the poignant Akiko's Diary and the delicate joy of Fragile, to the restless energy of Railroad, the humour of Mirabella and East Broadway for toy pianos, and the ghostly echoes and tolling bells in A Little Midnight Music, George Crumb’s homage to iconic Jazz pianist Thelonius Monk, themes of memory, belonging, reflection and renewal gradually unfold throughout this personal diary.

Tickets: £12 (£8 concessions)