THE 2012 FESTIVAL
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
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
Saturday's Family Concert
One of the children reads out some information about the ensemble's next piece
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
The Family Concert was a lot of fun for everyone - including the performers!
Some very helpful audience members aid Natalie Klouda with the concert presentation
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 Botan rehearsing the Mozart Piano Quartet in preparation for the Saturday evening concert
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
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
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
"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."
"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
Friday 14th December 2012 7:30pm - Candlelit Opening Concert - St. Anne's Church
Haydn - "Gypsy" Piano Trio in G
Saturday 15th December 2012 11am - Family Concert - 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...
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.
Sunday 16th December 2012 6:30pm - Gala Concert - St. Anne's Church