Newbury Spring Festival
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Young Artists Lunchtime Recitals


This year's Young Artists Programme focuses on instrumentalists representing many musical genres, with peformances on trombone, flute, organ, piano, cello and guitar. What finer way to spend your lunchbreak than with these top-class young musicians, and do also look out for more outstanding young talkent with this year's John Lewis Young Stars.









13 May Foyle-Štšura Duo

The award winning Foyle-Štšura Duo bring a lunchtime concert set against the backdrop of Vienna. Focusing on three composers from the famous city, the programme opens with Beethoven’s joyful Sonata for Piano and Violin in G major. Almost a century passed before Strauss composed his passionate Violin Sonata in E flat major. The ‘Improvisation’ at the heart of the work sets the scene for Fritz Kreisler, the master of the Viennese miniature, and his farewell work Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta. Evoking a glamorous and aristocratic lost world the recital draws a curtain on the Viennese ballroom for the 20th Century with a series of nostalgic and virtuosic waltzes.


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15 May Vario Duo

Vario Duo was created in 2016 when Manu and Prajna started their Master’s degree in Performance at the Royal College of Music. Only one month later they began to perform together regularly. Since then they have given more than forty performances in the UK, Spain and Greece. Upcoming engagements include Alderney Festival and King’s Place. In July 2018 they were appointed as BBC Introducing Artist and performed and gave an interview on BBC Radio 3 In Tune, with Sean Rafferty.


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17 May Tom Millar Quartet

Formed while studying at the Royal Academy of Music, the quartet features some of the most in-demand young jazz musicians in London. The quartet plays Tom’s original music, inspired by places and people that are important to him. Award-winning pianist and composer Tom Millar released his debut album Unnatural Events a year ago.


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20 May The Sheepdrove Piano Competition Winner

Newbury Spring Festival is delighted to welcome the winner of the 11th Sheepdrove Piano Competition to the Corn Exchange to perform a recital as part of the Festival’s Young Artists Lunchtime Series. The prestigious competition, open to students from all the major UK conservatoires, was founded in 2009 by the Sheepdrove Trust. The winning pianist’s programme will feature works by Mozart.


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22 May Figo

Join Figo as they explore the impact of virtuosic Italian masters of their English counterparts, particularly those working in London. They will look at the influence and legacy of the ‘Italian greats’ from the 17th and 18th centuries and how they helped shape the English compositional style, hearing music from three of England’s most significant baroque composers. Today’s recital will include a selection of works by Purcell, Corelli, Boyce and Vivaldi.


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24 May Samantha Crawford

Samantha Crawford was awarded the Golden Medal with Honours at the 2017 Berliner International Music Competition, the NSW Wagner Society Emerging Singers Award and the Tait Trust Julian Baring Award. In 2016 she won First Prize at the Wagner Society Singing Competition. She is joined here by pianist, Gavin Roberts, they have performed frequently together since meeting during their studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where Gavin is now a Professor. In their recital they will present a programme of English and French songs culminating in Strauss’ Four Last Songs.


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