We are very excited to announce our programme and artists for the WCMF 2017 which will be held from March 17-19 2017!
We are very lucky to have the Elias Quartet, mezzo-soprano Karin Strobos, flautist Felicia van den End, pianist Daria van den Bercken, accordeonist Johan Wiersma, fiddle player Donald Grant and the Cuypers Ensemble as our guest artists.
Karin Strobos stepped in to sing Octavian under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle and her career immediately took off from there, winning many prizes such as ‘Het Gouden Viooltje’, the Grachtenfestival Prijs and the Dutch Debut Prize as a trio with our other artists flautist Felicia van den End and Daria van den Bercken. And both Karin and Felicia happen to live in Weesp…! The Sunday afternoon will be filled with wonderful French songs by Fauré, Ravel, Chausson and Massenet. Watch this video to hear the Trio Strobos – van den Bercken – van den End and this video to hear Karin sing Rossini’s ‘Una voce poco fa’ at the Bevrijdingsconcert on the Amstel river in Amsterdam. On the Saturday evening we will play Mozart’s beautiful flute quartet with Felicia and Daria will perform Handel and Scarlatti. Daria fell in love with the music of Handel several years ago and because she wanted to share this beautiful music she took her piano on the road and in the air above a massive crowd in Brazil- watch it here!
We also invited the wonderful Elias Quartet, whom we have been playing with regularly over the last ten years. Both the Elias and Navarra were founded at the RNCM by Chris Rowland, our beloved teacher who gave us so much inspiration and who sadly passed away much too early. The Elias Quartet took on a fantastic Beethoven project a few years ago and performed all Beethoven Quartets in many venues and festival, including the Wigmore Hall. They were all recorded and released on the Wigmore Hall live label. We admire them greatly for their incredible musicianship and love for music and are so excited to be playing with them again. As well as the festive Mendelssohn Octet we will also be playing some lesser known works such as the Enescu Octet and the Moseley Octet (Dutch premiere!).
The Cuypers Ensemble is returning to our festival as we enjoy their playing so much. They will be playing with 14-year-old accordionist player Johan Wiersma who has just won the national Prinses Christina Competition, so we can’t wait to hear him!
We also have a late night concert by candle light again and it will be Donald Grant playing traditional and Celtic music from the Scottish Highlands on his fiddle. Donald played and wrote arrangements for many famous folk artists such as Kate Rusby, Karen Matheson and Catriona McKay and wrote a beautiful folk song for Magnus and Marije’s wedding 3 years ago. He had everyone in tears and we will make sure to perform it again on the 17th of March!