West Meon Music Festival to go ahead with 'mini festival'

A CHAMBER music event in West Meon is due to go ahead in a scaled back form due to the coronavirus outbreak.

By Richard Lemmer
Monday, 17th August 2020, 12:27 pm
Updated Monday, 17th August 2020, 3:28 pm

A two-day ‘mini-festival’ will take place inside St John the Evangelist Church, Petersfield, across September 11 and 12.

The Primrose Piano Quartet is due to perform to a socially-distanced audience of up to 65 at each of the three concerts across the two days.

The programme for what would have been the 10th Anniversary West Meon Music Festival, which was due to take place across four days in September, will now be rolled across to 2021.

The Primrose Piano Quartet is to perform a series of live concerts in West Meon in September. Picture: West Meon Music Festival

The mini-festival event will mark a welcome return of live music to the district, according to Andrew Fuller, the quartet’s cellist.

He said: ‘Like all self-employed musicians we have seen every one of our scheduled concerts cancelled since lockdown began in March.

‘We’ve missed performing just as much as our audiences have missed listening to live music.’

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The three short concerts will take place on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Saturday evening, with times to be confirmed.

Saturday afternoon’s concert is ‘a tribute to the plight of the musician in lockdown’, according to the event’s programme, with each member of the quartet performing their favourite solo works – including a Bach cello suite, chaconne for violin, one of Brahms’ piano intermezzo, and Stravinsky’s Elegy for Viola.

Tickets are available from £12 at westmeonmusic.co.uk, or via calling the box office on 01489 891055.

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