Natalie Clein, one of the UK’s most in-demand cellists and Artistic Director of the Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival in Dorset, celebrates the biggest year yet for her festival.
With a programme of 11 concerts of chamber music from baroque to contemporary composers in a range of historical venues around Purbeck arranged around the theme of ‘coming home’, the 6th edition of the festival featured world-class musicians such as Chi-Chi Nwanoku, Mark Simpson, Boris Bizjak, and Marianna Shirinyan, with whom Natalie performs in Nottingham, Cardiff, London and Mexico in October. The festival also gave the world premiere of L’innominata, a new commission by this year’s Composer in Residence, Brian Elias, performed by Natalie and Vadym Kholodenko.
Further events included masterclasses with Mark Simpson and Natalia Lomeiko, a film screening of Barrie Gavin’s film “A Passage from India” in honour of Brian Elias’s 70th birthday, readings by Robert Rinder and Louisa Clein, and performances by Syrian Oud player Ibrahim Kevo, who was joined by historian Philip Mansel to give a lecture on Aleppo.
As well as being a world-renowned performer, Natalie Clein also has a keen curatorial eye, with highlights including programming a series of four concerts for BBC Radio 3 at LSO St. Lukes, as well as a series of concerts in her role of Artist-in-Residence and Director of Musical Performance at Oxford University.
More information about Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival can be found at the Purbeck website. We look forward to the next edition of the festival in 2019!
Photo by Neda Navaee