Dante Summer Festival 2012Dante Quartett

10 - 14 July 2017


St. Germans, Calstock
Callington, Launceston
and Tavistock


The 2017 Dante Summer Festival will run from 10-14 July in St German's, Calstock, Callington, Launceston and Tavistock.

Musical themes will be Russian, Czech and Irish, plus a special concert in Launceston celebrating the centenary of the much-loved Cornish poet Charles Causley. Full details soon - watch this space!

Festival Diary 2016


Monday 11 July

Tuesday 12 July

Wednesday 13 July

JOYS & SORROWS
Launceston Town Hall, 7.30pm

Dante Quartet
with the East Cornwall Youth String Orchestra and Caradon Strings

Beethoven Quartet op. 18 no 1 in F
Maxwell Davies Farewell to Stromness
Schumann from Album for the Young
Mendelssohn Quartet op 80 in F minor


Beethoven’s first string quartet – carefree and optimistic – contrasts with Mendelssohn’s last work, written as an outpouring of grief after the death of his beloved sister. We are delighted to welcome Caradon Strings and the newly-formed East Cornwall Youth String Orchestra to join us in Schumann’s best-loved children’s pieces, and Farewell to Stromness, as a tribute to the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

This concert supports Children’s Hospice South West

Launceston Guildhall, 9.30pm

WELCOME RECEPTION

including a glass of wine, delicious snacks and some impromptu music-making.


Bridge over river


“What I love about this festival is the great music... great locations... great food”

 

FESTIVAL FARM WALK

East Penrest Farm, near Lezant, 4.00 - 5.00 pm

Walk with Jo and James Rider from the top of their farm, with spectacular views over Bodmin Moor, through ancient oak woodlands abounding with wildlife, down to the River Inny. Bring suitable footwear. Followed by Jo’s legendary scones.


DANTE QUARTET WORKSHOP

Lezant Church, 6.00pm

An introduction to Beethoven’s late quartet, op 132, and its relationship with Mendelssohn’s op 13 quartet.
Audience questions welcome.


MENDELSSOHN MEETS BEETHOVEN
Lezant Church, 7.30 pm

Dante Quartet

Sally Beamish Reed Stanzas
Beethoven Quartet op 132 in A minor
Mendelssohn Quartet op 13 in A minor

A set of variations on a haunting Scottish Air leads on to Beethoven’s great A minor quartet, which opens with a pattern of four notes like a question mark and includes the extraordinary “Song of Thanksgiving to the Almighty, written after Recovery from a Serious Illness”. Mendelssohn’s A minor quartet - inspired directly by Beethoven’s - is one of the first truly romantic quartets, vividly depicting the emotional roller-coaster of an early love affair.

After the concert: a glass of champagne for the Friends of the Dante Festival

 

DANTE QUARTET: OPEN REHEARSAL
Trebullett Chapel, 11.00am–1.00pm

Listen to the Dante Quartet rehearsing Beethoven for the evening concert, and see how chamber music works from the inside

BUFFET DINNER
The Old Chapel, Calstock, 6.00pm

Dinner with the musicians, overlooking the river Tamar (advance booking only)

A BEETHOVEN JOURNEY
The Old Chapel, Calstock, 8.00pm

Dante Quartet

Beethoven Quartet op 18 no 6 in B flat
Beethoven Quartet op 59 no 2 in E minor (Razumovsky)
Beethoven Quartet op 135 in F

Traverse the entire range of Beethoven’s music in a single evening: from the exuberance of his early period, through the heroic virtuosity of the middle years, to his last quartet, written just before his death.
Overlooking the river Tamar by the spectacular Calstock Viaduct, the Old Chapel provides a magical and intimate setting for chamber music.

‘When the first notes sounded it was, thrillingly, as though Beethoven were speaking to us direct’
Sunday Times

The Dante Quartet
   

Thursday 14 July

 

Thursday 14 July

 

Friday 15 July

WORKSHOP with THE CAST
Stoke Climsland Church, 4.00–5.30pm

Learn a Scottish Air with acclaimed Scottish fiddler/
songwriter Mairi Campbell and guitarist David Francis in an improvising workshop open to all instruments, ages and standards. Participants will also create a new piece for the concert which follows. Book in advance, only 20 places available.

SONGS, STRATHSPEYS AND REELS
Stoke Climsland Church, 6.00pm

A Scotch blend of traditional songs, new songs and wild fiddle tunes from Mairi Campbell and The Cast plus a new piece created in the afternoon workshop.


Violinists


BUFFET SUPPER WITH THE MUSICIANS
Stoke Climsland Old School, 7.00pm

TALES AND LEGENDS
Stoke Climsland Church, 8.00pm

Dante Quartet with Daniel Tong (piano)

Wieniawski Legende
Schumann Fairy Tales
Debussy La Cathédrale Engloutie
MacMillan Kiss on Wood
Janacek Pohadka

The four Dante musicians play story-telling pieces for solo strings with piano, from Schumann’s Fairy Tales to Debussy’s evocative tone-poem describing a submerged cathedral, whose bells can still be heard tolling beneath the waves.

 

THE RED EARTH
Stoke Climsland Old School, 9.15pm

Mairi Campbell and David Francis

In story, song and music The Cast unfold a gripping tale, based on the lives of Mairi Campbell’s missionary forebears. The story is one of courage, grief, loss and triumph against the backdrop of the Japanese invasion of China, recounting how Mairi’s grandmother with her two infant children escaped the invading army, making their way halfway across the world to eventual safety back in Scotland.

‘When the Cast work their own particular magic they manage to invoke a very particular sense of timelessness, of music emerging from shadows and naturally into the light.’
The Scotsman


Audience at Stoke Climsland Church

This concert supports Cornwall Air
Ambulance

JOIN THE FRIENDS!
We warmly thank all the Friends of the Dante Festival: it's great to have your support. All your individual contributions add up to a significant sum, helping us to keep the festival thriving from year to year.

If you would like to renew your membership or join as a new Festival Friend, please click here to see the details and download a Friends' form.

 

FESTIVAL CREAM TEA
St Eustachius Parish Hall, Tavistock, 4.30–5.30pm

SCHUMANN’S SECRETS
St Eustachius Church, Tavistock. 5.45–6.30pm

Illustrated talk at the piano, with Daniel Tong

Daniel Tong

SCHUMANN AND FRIENDS
St Eustachius Church, Tavistock, 7.00pm

Dante Quartet with Daniel Tong (piano) and
Mairi Campbell (singer)

Mendelssohn Capriccio
Joachim Romance
Stanford String Quartet no 7 (Homage to Joachim)
Beethoven Three Scottish Folk Songs
Schumann Piano Quintet in Eb

Joachim was a close friend and colleague of Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Stanford, and his youthful Romance is quoted in each movement of Stanford’s rarelyheard string quartet. Joachim would have often played Schumann’s glorious piano quintet, which was first performed with Mendelssohn at the piano.
Our final festival concert celebrates these inspiring musical friendships: join us in raising a toast to them afterwards at the Bedford Hotel.

 
SPONSORS
This Festival is generously sponsored by:
Friends of the Dante Festival, Cornwall Music Education Hub, Cornwall Music Service Trust, Foster Charitable Foundation, Gilbert McCabe, Simon Rowe, Edward and Jenny Salmon, Bernard Samuels, James Sargent, Jonathan and Teresa Sumption