May’s Two Moors Residency: Beethoven and Strauss

The idyll that is Barkham

The Two Moors Festival’s long-running Residency series continues this month, with seven outstanding musicians taking to the stage to treat audiences to a soupcon of Strauss and a little bit of Beethoven.

On May 25th, the strains of Till Eulenspiegel Lustige Streiche and the Septet in Eb major Op.20 will be heard floating out of Barkham Farm’s gallery – converted livestock sheds with brilliant acoustics – and high above the hills of Exmoor.

For those unfamiliar with the work, Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel Lustige Streiche chronicles the misadventures of Till Eulenspiegel, a German peasant folk hero, as he makes his way about the countryside, causing trouble and being an incorrigible flirt. He meets a rather sticky end, however, and is eventually captured by the authorities and has his head chopped off. Meanwhile, Beethoven’s famous Septet – also to be performed at the festival’s main event in October – was dedicated to the Empress Maria Theresa and remains one of the composer’s most popular works.

Since 2005, the residencies have served as a respite for hard-working professional musicians looking to escape the hustle and bustle of London and other cities, allowing them to rehearse undisturbed in beautiful surroundings and total peace and quiet. In the past, the gallery has welcomed the likes of The Honeymead Ensemble, The Duke Piano Trio, The Aronowitz Ensemble and The Pavao Quartet – perfect for people in the area who often can’t hear classical music of a certain calibre outside the bigger concert halls.

This month, violinist Chihiro Ono, viola player Arnand Ghillebaert, cellist Ben Birtle, double bass player David Stark, clarinetist Max Welford, bassoon player Sinead frost and horn player Francesca Moore-Bridger will be performing. These players will then go on to join others for a performance of Mahler Das Lied von der Erde on October 13th as part of the festival’s main two-week event.

All proceeds of this residency go towards the festival’s work in education and, while tickets are by donation, a starting point of £15 per person has been given. A delicious supper – and lots of wine! – is also available, with tickets going for £12.

For tickets, contact:

(01643) 831 370


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