Bromley & Beckenham International Music Festival has announced the programme for its second year. Led by Artistic Directors and Bromley residents Benjamin Grosvenor and Hyeyoon Park, the festival was founded by the duo during the lockdown alongside Festival Director Raja Halder. The aspiration was to create something positive and long lasting for the local community from the Covid-19 crisis. The inaugural festival in September 2020 proved to be an enormous success, offering four socially-distanced chamber concerts in the heart of the town, and raising £4200 for a local hospice.
Featuring four concerts at Bromley Parish Church, the 2021 programme sees the return of violist Timothy Ridout and cellist Bartholomew LaFollette as well as a festival debut from BBC Young Musician winner Laura van der Heijden. Highlights include Rachmaninoff’s Trio Élégiaque No.2, Schubert’s Trio No.2 in E-flat and Britten’s Lachrymae, one of the 20th century’s greatest works for viola and piano, and the festival finale including Brahms’ titanic Piano Quintet.
Photo © Ting-Ru Lai (l-r) Leon Bosch, Bartholomew LaFollette, Timothy Ridout, Benjamin Grosvenor and Hyeyoon Park at the 2020 festival
The festival is also excited to welcome Joseph Tawadros in a programme of his own original music. Born in Cairo and raised in Sydney, Tawadros is a multi-award winning composer, improviser and champion of his extraordinary instrument, the Oud. His music, while rooted in Arabic traditions, is boundary and genre-crossing, absorbing the influence and elements of western classical, jazz, world, folk, and even metal and bluegrass. His concerts showcase his fierce virtuosity, alongside the exceptionally intimate and lyrical capabilities of his instrument. Works for solo Oud will be featured in this concert alongside ensemble pieces featuring all other artists from the festival and duo works with piano.
As part of its continued commitment to the next generation, the festival will offer free tickets for under-12s and £5 tickets for under-21s.
Watch: Martinů Three Madrigals, H.313 performed by Hyeyoon Park and Timothy Ridout, recorded at the 2020 festival