A word from Matthew...
Welcome to Matthew Rose and Friends
, a weekend of music and spoken word, performed by some of the country's leading musicians and actors in the beautiful village of Alfriston in East Sussex.
I grew up with Alfriston on my doorstep, have always loved this very special village and have long wanted to put on a "mini festival" here with some of the many gifted and generous musicians whom I have got to know. In September this year these dreams will become a wonderful reality.
We will be performing a huge array of chamber music, song, solo piano works, poetry, comedy and satire over 6 events, most of which will be held in St Andrew's Church, The Cathedral of the Downs.
The celebrated Sacconi String Quartet will perform quartets by Haydn and Ireland and will be joined by tenor Benjamin Hulett and pianist Helen Collyer for Vaughan Williams' On Wenlock Edge. Cheryl Knight and Alice Farnham will present their funny and touching montage celebrating the genius of Joyce Grenfell in Turn Back the Clock.
We are very lucky to have Gabriel Woolf reading poetry written in and inspired by Sussex in The Coach House Gallery with kind permission from Andrew Hill.
Four singers, Gillian Keith, Clarissa Meek, Benjamin Hulett and myself, Matthew Rose, will be joined by pianists Helen Collyer and Gary Matthewman for a journey through the world of the song repertoire, with songs by Schubert, Brahms, Britten, Strauss, Debussy, Faure and Duparc. Alexandra Silocea, an incredibly gifted pianist from Romania, performs a solo piano recital with music by Ravel, Debussy, Liszt, Schubert arr. Liszt and a world premiere of a piece by Martin Romberg.
We begin with an opening Gala Concert which features all of the artists performing over the weekend, with music including Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer, Barber's Dover Beach and Elgar's Violin Sonata. We open with one of the great chamber music works, Schubert's Trout Quintet.
We are very lucky to have as our Honorary Patrons Sir George and Lady Christie who for so long were the inspirational leaders of Glyndebourne.
I hope that you can join us for what promises to be a really special weekend with many wonderful, brilliant performers whom I am so lucky to have as friends.