Corbridge Chamber Music Festival

gould trio

Every August the Gould Piano Trio, plus Robert Plane (clarinetist)  fill three days (Fri – Sunday) with imaginative musical programming in the centre of Corbridge. They invite guest musicians (last year James Macmillan came) to take part in their concerts in St Andrew’s church. One of the traditions (I found out this year that it has been going for 17 yrs!) is to have tea and scones outside among the gravestones! This inspired the following two haiku of mine.

The atmosphere is informal and tickets very reasonably priced. If you like classical music and live in the NE of the UK this is a must if you’ve never been. The highlight for me was the Sunday (9 Aug) 7.30 concert which featured a rousing Septet for trumpet, piano and strings by Saint-Saens.  Benjamin Frith excelled himself with the almost frantic piano runs. Philippe Schartz was the excellent trumpeter.  Photo from left to right: Alice Neary, Lucy Gould and Benjamin Frith.

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after clarinet trills and rests

sipping wine in the cemetery

an interval between melodies

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late summer evening

savouring Gould’s liquid gold

tea among tombstones

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