2022 Preliminary Programme


Friday 7th October, 8:00pm: Heinrich Schütz – a German in Venice

David de Winter and The Brook Street Band commemorate the 350th anniversary of Schütz’s death, exploring his solo cantatas alongside examples of the brilliant and virtuosic style of his Venetian contemporaries.

Saturday 8th October, 3:00pm: Vittore Carpaccio: Curating the Forthcoming Exhibition in Washington and Venice

An insider’s preview from Peter Humfrey, Guest Curator of the exhibition devoted to the greatest early Renaissance painter of the Venetian school.

Saturday 8th October, 8:00pm: Jazz with Laura Jurd and her new 6-piece band

Composer-performer Laura Jurd's distinct voice as an improvising trumpet player is at the heart of everything she creates. Her music takes in the rich traditions of jazz and folk music, and reflects her love of such diverse influences as The Beatles and Stravinsky. 

Sunday 9th October, 3:00pm: The Marian Consort: "Why do I use my paper, ink and pen?"

One of Britain's finest vocal groups, The Marian Consort sing works by composers including William Byrd and Thomas Tallis, who often used outwardly conventional but intrinsically seditious texts, testifying to the plight of Catholics in Elizabethan England. 

Tuesday 11th October, 8:00pm: The Albion Quartet: In the Shadow of War

The four outstanding young string players of The Albion Quartet present quartets by Elizabeth Maconchy, William Walton and Dmitri Shostakovich written in the years around the Second World War.

Wednesday 12th October, 8pm: Leveret: Interwoven Harmonies

Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians: Andy Cutting (accordion, melodeon), Rob Harbron (concertina) and Sam Sweeney (fiddle). Their performances of traditional and their own tunes combine spur-of-the-moment improvisation with consummate musicianship.

Thursday 13th October, 8:00pm: Myth and Music

Music for violin and piano evoking Greek and Latin myths performed by Sara Trickey and Ivana Gavrić with interwoven narration by Marina Warner. Composers include Tartini, Schubert, Szymanowski, Stravinsky and David Matthews together with a new Festival commission by Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

Friday 14th October, 8:00pm: Harriet Mackenzie and Danny Driver: French Treats

Captivating French music for violin and piano by Lili Boulanger, Claude Debussy and César Franck with the bonus of a sonata by JS Bach.

Saturday 15th October, 3:00pm: Clare Chambers: the Novelist in Conversation

Behind the stellar success of Clare’s latest work, Small Pleasures, is a writing history that spans eight novels. As her fascinating and varied backlist is reissued, Clare joins Antonia Honeywell to talk about her work and career.

Saturday 15th October, 8:00pm: Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy: Music for Two and Four Hands

We’re delighted to welcome Pavel Kolesnikov back to Little Missenden for the third time, on this occasion with his duet partner Samson Tsoy. They play a wonderful programme of piano solos and duets by Beethoven and Schubert.

Sunday 16th October, 3:00pm: Gerald Finzi: A Life in Song and Letters

Robert Murray (tenor), James Atkinson (baritone) and Iain Burnside (piano) perform songs by one of this country’s finest composers for solo voice. Donald Macleod will read from Diana McVeagh's recent collection of Finzi's letters to illuminate both his life and music.

Friday 2nd December, 8:00pm: The Gesualdo Six: In Winter’s House

An eclectic, festive programme by this award-winning vocal ensemble who return to Little Missenden to take us on a journey through the ages and across borders, weaving well-known Christmas carols seamlessly into seasonal highlights from the 21st century.

We will announce the full Festival programme in early August on our website and with our brochure. Online booking opens later in August. Meanwhile check for updates on the website and keep in touch through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or email us if you have any questions.