Alessandro Taverna

Renowned line-up for Festival’s coffee concerts

29 November 2016

Harrogate International Festivals has announced its 2017 Sunday Series with an internationally renowned line-up.

The season of coffee concerts welcomes world-class music in the intimate setting of the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, on Sunday mornings at 11am and runs until April.

Kicking off the Series on January 15 is Martin Roscoe. With an extraordinary career spanning over four decades, he is unarguably one of the UK’s best loved pianists. In a distinguished career, his enduring popularity and the respect in which he is universally held are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship.

January 29 features violinist Francesca Dego, who is quickly developing into one of the most sought after young violinists on the international scene.

Marc Dunleavy, Music Manager at Harrogate International Festivals, said: “It’s really a remarkable line-up this year. You won’t have to travel to London, New York or Berlin to experience world-class music, as we will be bringing it to you, here in the heart of Yorkshire.”


Julian Bliss


On February 19, Julian Bliss performs. One of the world’s finest clarinettists excelling as a concerto soloist and chamber musician, he has inspired a generation of young players as creator of his Leblanc Bliss range of affordable clarinets.  Julian started playing the clarinet age 4, in recital and chamber music he has played at most of the world’s leading festivals and venues.

March 12 welcomes the Heath Quartet. Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music, in 2013 they became the first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet are fast earning a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment.


The Two Francescas


Closing the Series on April 30 is the incredible pianist, Alessando Taverna. When he reached the final at the 2009 Leeds International Piano Competition, The Independent wrote: “the world was suddenly suffused with grave beauty: flawless minutes of poetry.” Since then, Alessandro Taverna has shown a most remarkable, constant development that makes him one of the most interesting, musical pianists of his generation, being in worldwide demand. He’ll be playing an all Chopin programme.

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Martin Roscoe, piano

Sunday 15 January | 11am

Pianist Martin Roscoe’s extraordinary career spanning over four decades has made him one of the UKs best loved pianists – renowned for his versatility at the keyboard, his enduring popularity and a deeply thoughtful musicianship.

Bach      French Suite No.5 in G major

Beethoven         Piano Sonata No.26 in E-flat major, Op.81a “Les Adieux”

Chopin                 Barcarolle, Op.60

Ravel                     Sonatine

Poulenc                 Trois Novelettes

Fauré                    Barcarolle No.6, Op.70

Debussy               Pour le Piano

Francesca Dego, violin with Francesca Leonardi, piano

Sunday 29 January | 11am

Violinist Francesca Dego gained widespread attention in 2008 for being the first Italian female prize-winner of the renowned “Paganini Competition” since 1961, as well as being the youngest ever finalist. Francesca is joined by regular collaborator, Francesca Leonardi.

Beethoven         Violin Sonata No.9 in A major, Op.47 “Kreutzer”

Respighi               Violin Sonata in B minor

Castelnuovo-Tedesco    “Figaro” from the “Barber of Seville”, for violin and piano


Martin Roscoe


Julian Bliss, clarinet

Sunday 19 February | 11am

Clarinettist Julian Bliss is joined by regular accompanist and award winning pianist Robert Botterielli; the duo perform a collection of some of the greatest clarinet music, curated especially for the Harrogate International Sunday Series.

R. Schumann      Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

Berg                      Stücke, Op. 5

Martinu               Sonatina

Messager           Solo de Concours

Chopin                 Nocturne, Op.9 No.2

Brahms                Wie Melodien zieht smir

R. Schumann     Adagio and Allegro, Op.70

Brahms                Sonata No.1, in F minor, Op.120

Heath Quartet

Sunday 12 March | 11am

In their first performance for Harrogate International Festivals, the quartet perform a diverse programme of music which showcases the ensemble’s unique flair.

Haydn                   String Quartet No.5 in D major, Op.76

Mozart                String Quartet No.16 in E-flat major, K428

Webern              Six Bagatellen, Op.9

Bartók                  String Quartet No.1

Alessando Taverna, piano

Sunday 30 April | 11am

Multi-award winning pianist Alessandro Taverna is one of the most interesting pianists of his generation, being in worldwide demand. Alessandro performs a programme of music by a leading symbol of the Romantic era, composer Frédéric Chopin, to bring the Harrogate International Sunday Series 2017 to a close.

Chopin                  Four Ballades –

No. 1 in G minor, Op.23

No. 2 in F major, Op.38

No. 3 in A-flat major, Op.47

No. 4 in F minor, Op.52

Chopin                 Two Nocturnes –

No.1 in B-flat minor, Op.9

No.2 in E-flat major, Op.9

Chopin                  Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op.39

Chopin                  Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op.54

Chopin                  Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op.22

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