We're proud to welcome distinguished composer David Matthews as our Patron. His work has often been featured at the Festival. Only last year, Sarah-Jane Bradley (Rossetti Ensemble) played Sonatina for Viola and Piano op141 which David wrote for her.
"I am delighted to have been asked to become Patron of the Little Missenden Festival, which I have been attending regularly for nearly 30 years, ever since Richard Drakeford commissioned my 6th Quartet for the 1991 Festival. Some time ago I described Little Missenden as 'England's best-kept secret festival', and that still seems to sum it up rather well. Every year there are unusual concerts of a very high standard played to discerning and highly appreciative audiences, who are not afraid of contemporary music. I look forward to many more visits, and hope that the Festival will never lose its spirit of adventure."
Works performed at the Festival
1988 String Quartet no3 - Brindisi String Quartet 1991 Piano Trio op34 - Chagall Piano Trio 1991 String Quartet no6 op56 ¹ - Brindisi String Quartet 1994 String Trio op48 - Kent String Trio 1996 Song and Dance Sketchbook ² - Schubert Ensemble of London 1999 String Quartet no6 op56 - Brindisi String Quartet 2002 Three Studies for solo violin - Alexandra Wood 2003 Three Roman Miniatures op81 - Edward Vanderspar and Friends 2004 Adagio - Sound Collective 2006 Sonata for Piano op47 - Mark Bebbington 2009 Songs and Dances of Mourning - Podger/Cooper/de Saram 2009 Two Dionysius Dythrambs - James Kreiling 2010 Songs for Gemma (from Journeying Songs op95) - Rosefield/Waley-Cohen 2011 Drakeford Tribute (with Tom Hyde) ² - Schubert Ensemble 2011 Actaeon - Counterpoise 2013 Piano Trio #3 op97 - Leonore Trio 2013 Fugue 15 (2003) - Aisha Orazbayeva 2013 Three Birds and a Farewell - Sound Collective 2018 Sonatina for Viola and Piano op141 - Bradley/Lenehan
¹ Commission and first performance ² First performance