THE 2012 FESTIVAL

The Festival Founders on Friday
The Festival Founders on Friday

Natalie Klouda, Irina Botan and Ashok Klouda take a bow after their performance of Haydn's 'Gypsy' Trio at the opening concert

Brahms Sextet
Brahms Sextet

Left to right, Ruth Gibson, Natalie Klouda, Priya Mitchell, Nathaniel Boyd, Alexandros Koustas and Ashok Klouda, after their performance of Brahms' Sextet No.2 at the HICMF Opening Concert

Candlelit concerts
Candlelit concerts

St. Anne's Church looked stunning with all its candles lit for the HICMF concerts

Saturday's Family Concert
Saturday's Family Concert

One of the children reads out some information about the ensemble's next piece

Eyeglass Duo
Eyeglass Duo

Ruth Gibson and Ashok Klouda finish Beethoven's 'Eyeglass' Duo with a flurry

Everyone gets involved
Everyone gets involved

Natalie and Ashok Klouda hand out percussion instruments to the children at the Family Concert so everyone can take part in their final performance

Fun at the Family Concert
Fun at the Family Concert

The Family Concert was a lot of fun for everyone - including the performers!

Audience participation
Audience participation

Some very helpful audience members aid Natalie Klouda with the concert presentation

Best seats in the house
Best seats in the house

The Family Concert offered the best chance for eager members of the audience to really get as close as possible to the action

Irina rehearsing
Irina rehearsing

Irina Botan rehearsing the Mozart Piano Quartet in preparation for the Saturday evening concert

Bridge 3 Idylls
Bridge 3 Idylls

Nicola Benedetti, Natalie Klouda, Ruth Gibson and Ashok Klouda in the midst of their performance of Bridge's '3 Idylls' during the festival's Gala Concert

Nicola, Natalie, Ruth & Ashok
Nicola, Natalie, Ruth & Ashok

Following their performance of Bridge's '3 Idylls' in the Gala Concert, Nicola Benedetti, Natalie Klouda, Ruth Gibson and Ashok Klouda take a bow

The Mendelssohn Octet
The Mendelssohn Octet

Left to right, Nicola Benedetti, Thomas Gould, Natalie Klouda, Michael Gurevich, Ruth Gibson, Alexandros Koustas, Ashok Klouda and Nathaniel Boyd finished the Gala Concert and the inaugural Highgate International Chamber Music Festival with a performance of Mendelssohn's Octet at St. Anne's Church

The end of the 2012 festival!
The end of the 2012 festival!

Irina Botan joins the Mendelssohn Octet performers on stage at the end of the Gala Concert

PRESS

 

"A Russian soul entered the room with this heartachingly nostalgic piece played by the three initiators of the festival. The crisp rhythms of Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla's tango on the whim of the Argentine spring finally woke up the audience to just how good this music-making was."



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"It was a delight to hear the Kloudas again, with Ruth Gibson on the viola and guest artist Nicola Benedetti in Three Idylls by Frank Bridge."





"After all these treats the finale was still astonishing: eight superb soloists getting together to play Mendelssohn's famously exhilarating Octet."







Lesley Chamberlain Ham & High

27th December 2012















"Nicola Benedetti's impeccable touch was evident in Frank Bridge's Three Idylls where she helped to bring out the English melancholia in one movement and friskiness in another."







Sebastian Taylor Camden New Journal

20th December 2012

PERFORMERS FEATURED IN THE 2012 FESTIVAL

2012 CONCERTS

Friday 14th December 2012 7:30pm  -  Candlelit Opening Concert  -  St. Anne's Church

Haydn - "Gypsy" Piano Trio in G

Beethoven - Violin Sonata No.4 in A Minor Op.23
-Interval-
Brahms - String Sextet No.2 in G Op.36


Saturday 15th December 2012 11am  -  Family Conce​rt  -  United Reformed Church​

Come on a journey through time whilst watching an ensemble grow before your very eyes...Introducing chamber music to everyone!

​​Saturday 15th December 2012 7:30pm  -  Celebrating 2012  -  St. Anne's Church

Celebrating the year that saw Debussy's 150th anniversary and the Olympic Games...

Mozart - Piano Quartet in G Minor K.478
Beethoven - "Eyeglass" Duo for Viola & Cello in Eb WoO 32
Natalie Klouda - "Five Rings" for String Quartet
-Interval-
Debussy - Violin Sonata in G Minor L.140
Schumann - Piano Quartet in Eb Op.47
(Programme subject to final confirmation)

​Natalie Klouda - Violin
Ruth Gibson - Viola
Ashok Klouda - Cello
Irina Botan - Piano

Sunday 16th December 2012 5pm  -  Cellophony Pre-Concert  -  St. Anne's Church

​A quartet of cellists from "Cellophony" offer us a taste of their vibrant, sonorous sound with a 30 minute free pre-concert performance.

Bach - 6th Cello Suite Sarabande (arrangement)
Popper - Requiem Op.66
Richard Birchall - "Viral"
Klengel - Four Pieces Op.33

Richard Birchall - Cello & Piano
Followed by a mince pie and mulled wine reception

Sunday 16th December 2012 6:30pm  -  Gala Concert  -  St. Anne's Church

Mozart - Horn Quintet in Eb K.407
Rachmaninov - Piano Trio Elegiaque No.1
Piazzolla - "Winter" & "Spring" from his "Four Seasons" in its piano trio arrangement
-Interval-
Bridge - 3 Idylls for string quartet
Mendelssohn - Octet in Eb Op.20​​
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Nicola Benedetti, Thomas Gould, Natalie Klouda & Michael Gurevich - Violin
Patrick Broderick - Horn
Irina Botan - Piano