Programmes & Events


Festival Launch & Sponsors Reception - 7:00 pm


Opening Concert Astaria String Quartet - 7:30 pm

Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934- Introduction and Allegro Op. 47

i. Moderato - Allegretto - Moderato - Tempo Primo - Allegro
ii. Allegro (Tempo Primo)

Tom Wells (b. ) - The Long Road to Passchendaele

i. Andante très expressif
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Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) - Simple Symphony arr. BB

i. Boisterous Bourée - Allegro Molto
ii. Playful Pizzicato - Presto possibile
iii. Sentimental Saraband - poco lento e pesante
iv. Frolicsome Finale - Prestissimo con fuoco

Arnold Bax (1883- 1953) - String Quartet in G Major

i. Allegro semplice
ii. Lento e molto expressivo
iii. Allegro vivace

Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934) - Salut d'Amour Op. 12 & Idylle Op. 4 No. 1


Making Music For Children - 10:30 am till 12:00 pm

With members of the Astaria String Quartet


Whether they play an instrument or not, children will love this interactive music workshop. Ideal for primary school age children, no musical experience needed and bring an instrument if you have one.

Morning Masterclasses - 9:30 am till 12:30 pm

With members of the Astaria String Quartet

the Astaria String Quartet - CM@W Festival Directors

The in-house education project for the Chamber Music @ Worcester Festival. The chance for students to come and play
to us - and have fun! Students will discover 'trade secrets' and practice short cuts as well as receive advice, suggestions
and feedback on all aspects of their playing and performance. Friends, family and teachers are welcome to listen.
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Community Concert and Young Performers - 2:30 pm till 3:30 pm

Selected participants from the Morning Masterclasses will be invited to share a platform with local community groups

Concert Astaria String Quartet - 7:30 pm

Fritz Kreisler (1885 - 1962- String Quartet in A minor

i. Modersto - Quasi Recitativo
ii. Scherzo - Allegro vivo, con spirito
iii. Einleitung und Romanze = Allegretto
iv. Finale - Allegro moderato

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 - 1943) - Two Movements for String Quartet

i. Romance - Andante espressivo
ii. Scherzo - Allegro

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 1883) - String Quartet No.2 in D minor Op.11

ii. Andante cantabile

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) - String Quartet in C KV 157

i. Allegro
ii. Andante 
ii. Presto


Festival Family Concert- 3:00 pm till 4:00 pm

With the Astaria String Quartet and Gemma Martyn Smith narrator

Hand Crafted picture of Swan Lake

Join the Astaria String Quartet, and narrator Gemma Martyn Smith, as good faces evil and magic fills the air in the story of 'SWAN LAKE' with music from Tchaikovsky's Ballet score. It is a story about a Prince who is yet to meet the love of his life .... who would believe that the Princess he’d been hoping to find has been turned into a swan by a wicked sorcerer! 

Chamber Music @ Worcester Family Concert - children transfixed!

'Hello, thank you so much for a fantastic concert today - it was great to be able to bring my daughter to a live concert. Really good programme and delivery by both reader and players - loved the hats! The violin players played for my daughter Maya to sing with them after the concert and you made her day (and mine and my Mum's!) - she was utterly thrilled!'