The four programmes for Midsummer Music 2013 are now available. Paul and Bjørg Lewis are delighted with the line-up of guest artists and keenly anticipate the musical partnerships which will be formed over the three days of the festival. This collegial approach, whereby the team of musicians share the stage and the repertoire of all four programmes has been the model since the inception of the festival in 2009. Paul and Bjørg's intention was to create a chamber music festival packed with enticing repertoire and performers whose reputations are world-class. With no 'star' recitals or 'celebrity' spots, just a plethora of excellence, the problem for the audience increasingly, is how to choose which programme to come and hear. The only solution of course is to come and hear them all!
The conviviality amongst the performers is also felt in the audience: such an intimate performing space as St Mary Magdalene brings you very close to the musicians. You not only hear the music, you can feel it too. It is a different experience from listening in a big concert hall, and is the reason why a good core of the audience return year after year.
Midsummer Music is greatly reliant on the support of such music-lovers, many of whom make generous donations. To join the Supporters of Midsummer Music, please contact the Festival Director to find out more, and help to ensure that this musical gem can always flourish, both for the local community and the increasing number of visitors from all over the UK and abroad.
Paul and Bjørg's formula for a memorable festival remains simple: to invite the musicians they admire and to programme the works that inspire them. They very much hope that you too will share that experience in 2013.