Welcome note

Dear Hellensmusic Friends,

Our seventh Hellensmusic has become the time for us to check on our progress.  We know how music enlarges and enriches life – scientists have discovered how the disciplines of music improves attention span, concentration, expands the cortex, develops pulse and rhythm!  So you’ll see more variety this year, more concentrated work in local primary and secondary schools, and a 3-5 year pilot project in Much Marcle Primary School for developing musicianship. And of course, the gift of world-class musicians returning again to inspire, teach, share, and perform! Thank you Christian, Alice, Máté, Maya, Markus, Elisabeth, Bruno, Matthew, Julien, Hani, and all the team at Hellens.

Our first concert Wednesday afternoon is brought to us by Danish violinist Elisabeth Schneider with Bridget Snasdell and Much Marcle Primary School, in what is the start of our project – Music for All Time – introducing musical training and singing to young children for long-term results.

This is followed in the evening by a coup for us! Hani, singer and musician revered in Europe, The States and in the Middle East, has accepted to play with our ‘’classical’ musicians in a concert that will have you in tears.

On Thursday we have the first of our Chamber concerts and Christian Blackshaw playing with our international musicians.  On Friday the exquisite voice and musicality of world-famous Mezzo, Alice Coote, singing with Christian to be followed by an uproarious night at the Walwyn Arms when the classicists let their hair down.

On Saturday Julien Quentin joins Matthew Hunt and our Chamber Ensemble for an evening full of beloved music, a little risk, and considerable variety!

Inspirational education remains at the heart of what we do, and we’re proud to have thirteen talented students from the best colleges in Britain and abroad.  They will be working with the pros, and playing with them at the festival’s closing concerts on Sunday to underline the importance of a shared, non-hierarchical approach to music-learning and making – for me a Hellensmusic highlight.

Join us, I do recommend, for our first concert on Wednesday 1st May in the afternoon. Perhaps it might inspire you to work with your own children or grandchildren?

Adam Munthe

Festival Chairman