Practice makes perfect in Cornwall

From Scotland to South London, members of Harmoniemusik are practising their parts in preparation for the usual feast of chamber music on offer in St Columb, Cornwall. The first concert is on Tuesday 21st August but we’ll be there from Sunday 19th, putting up the stage and lifting the piano into place, before rehearsing in the cool of St Columb Parish Church – and hopefully finding the odd moment for cream teas and trips to the beautiful North Cornwall coast.

Some of the pieces are old friends, like Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet, the Clarinet Quintet by Brahms (never off Mark’s music stand), and Beethoven’s Quintet for piano and wind, but every concert brings a different interpretation depending on who’s playing, and the ideas that come up in rehearsal. There’ll be new works to discover too. Janna and Sarah are enjoying unfurling Corelli’s seductive harmonies in his Concerto Grosso for recorders and strings, there’s a virtuosic outing for flute, bassoon and piano in a trio by Mozart’s protegé Hummel (something for Alec to get his teeth into), and Paul is thrilled to be playing Haydn’s D major piano concerto.

So if you’d like to join us for a few days of fun and fantastic music (and surely still glorious sunshine) come on down to Cornwall – we really look forward to seeing you!


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