Saffron Hall and BBC Radio 3 present a weekend of chamber music featuring composer and virtuoso clarinettist Mark Simpson. Former BBC Young Musician of the Year and BBC New Generation Artist, Simpson is now established as a major voice on the international stage as both a performer and a composer. Few young British composers are as colourful and original: “The bravura, the assurance and the sheer generosity of this music is unarguable” wrote The Spectator last year – and his virtuoso performances are enjoyed in major venues all over the world.

In partnership with BBC Radio 3, he takes up residence at Saffron Hall for three major concerts this April, introducing his own music (including a brand-new work) and bringing together a host of friends – some of the brightest rising stars in the classical music world - in the music he loves best: from the poetry of Schumann and Brahms to the exuberance of Bernstein and Gershwin.

In the first concert he is joined by leading cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and pianist Richard Uttley for a programme including Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op. 11 and music by Janáček, Schumann and Kurtág. The Navarra Quartet and violist Adam Newman join them for a FREE early-evening concert on the Saturday featuring an all-English programme including music by Ireland, Maxwell Davies and Howells. The weekend culminates with an American-tinged programme which includes an arrangement of Barber’s much-loved Adagio for Strings and Antheil’s hugely exciting Trumpet Sonata, for which Simpson and friends are joined by current BBC New Generation Artist Simon Höfele.

This rich mix of chamber music is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 every day from 30 April to 03 May at 1pm and will be available on BBC Sounds.

The early-evening concert on Saturday is free to all and under 18s can attend any of the three concerts for free.


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