Ahead of this year’s Music at Tresanton we caught up with Artistic Director Noam Greenberg.
Okay, first, for someone who hasn’t heard about this festival, how would you describe it? Each year I am joined by friends and colleagues who are amongst the most renowned and sought after classical musicians, to give four concerts revolving around changing themes. We all love the very intimate atmosphere of the Methodist Chapel and the informal set up of the whole event, where traditional barriers between, for example, audience and performers are relaxed. I hope this helps create an environment where us musicians can feel free to experiment and try out ideas in a brave and free spirit. And of course it is great mixing with the audience members, not only in the concert intervals, but also before and after the concerts in and around the village.
What is this year about? This year’s weekend of concerts is a magical tour through three centuries of music for piano and wind instruments, from Bach to Ligeti. The programme is a little thin on eclectic or obscure repertoire compared with some previous years, but I hope that the flood of wind instruments, in contrast to the usual strings, will create a totally new energy for our audience who have been following us through the last years. The programme still includes some rarities – arrangements of Bach’s Organ Trio Sonatas for piano and clarinet, a UK premiere of a piece by Magnus Lindberg, and also some great masterpieces such as the Mozart Quintet for piano and winds and the Schumann Romances for Oboe, and Adagio and Allegro for horn… I could go on and on really… BBC Radio 3 have come several times in the past to record these concerts for broadcast in their lunchtime concert series, and are returning this year to record the Sunday concert.
What’s next? It’s hard to believe next year will be our 10th! I feel we have come a long way and have established something truly special in St Mawes – a musical event that both the musicians and the audience look forward to every year. To celebrate our 10th year I am planning an exciting programme based entirely on the music of J.S. Bach.
Noam and friends kick off their ninth annual Music at Tresanton festival, Bach to Ligeti 7-9 November. Tickets: musicattresanton.com