Friday 10 – Sunday 12 March 2017
Royal Northern College of Music
BudaFest: RNCM Chamber Music Festival
The Music of Hungary and the Spirit of the Csárdás
Organised by the Royal Northern College of Music and with the support of the Hungarian Cultural Centre
The RNCM Chamber Music Festival plays a huge role in the story of the College and is one of the UK's most substantial chamber music events. 'Chamber music is at the heart of what we do' said Jeremy Young artistic director. The RNCM has a proud tradition of chamber ensemble training and their alumni appear with high profile ensembles such as the Elias, Heath and Navarra String Quartets plus the Gould Piano Trio to name just a few.
This year, the Chamber Music Festival takes a journey through Hungary's rich musical heritage, exploring works from 1800 to the present day. The Festival will include the masterworks of Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, Ernő Dohnányi, György Kurtág and György Ligeti, lesser known gems by Karl Goldmark, Ferenc Farkas and Sándor Veress, and composers such as Haydn, Brahms and Liszt who were all influenced by Hungarian folk music.
The Festival will also look at the educational legacy of Kodály and Bartók and the Hungarian string playing tradition.
Eminent musicians such as Gábor Takács-Nagy, the Keller and Talich Quartets, Kathryn Stott and RNCM alumni the Aurora Percussion Duo will perform alongside other renowned performers from across Europe and exceptional students from the RNCM and Chetham's School of Music.