Programmes & Events


Festival Launch & Sponsors Reception - 6:45 pm


Opening Concert Astaria String Quartet - 7:30 pm

Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907- Peer Gynt Suite for String Quartet

i. Morning
ii. Ase's Death
iii. Anitras Dance
iv. In the Hall of the Mountain King
v. Ingrid's Lament
vi. Per Gynt's Return Home
vii. Solveig's Song

Arrange by S.R.M. Oliver MORE

Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809 ) - String Quartet Op. 76 No. 4 'Sunrise'

i. Allegro con spirito
ii. Adagio
iii. Menuet - Allegro
iv. Finale - Allegro ma non troppo

George Butterworth (1885 - 1916) - Suite for String Quartet

i. Selection

Rutland Boughton (1878 - 1960) - String Quartet No. 2 in F major 'From the Welsh Hills' 

i. Landscape: purple & grey - from the valleys
ii. Landscape: green & gold - from the summit
iii. Satire
iv. Song of the Hills


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.

i. 5s and under - 10:30 am - 11:15 am

ii. Primary age - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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.
Application forms online. MORE

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

To include part of Schubert's fantastic Piano Quintet in A 'The Trout'

The CM@W Festival is also delighted to welcome Worcester Young Voices for the first time

Concert Astaria String Quartet - 7:30 pm

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847- Four Pieces for String Quartet Op. 81 (unfinished)

i. ANDANTE, SCHERZO, Tema con Variazione, Andante Sostenuto
ii. SCHERZO, Allegro leggiero
iii. CAPRICCIO, Andante con moro, Allegro fugato assai vi
iv. FUGA, A tempo ordinario

Ernest Bloch (1880 - 1959) - IN THE MOUNTAINS 'Two Sketches for String Quartet'

i. DUSK, Moderato
ii. RUSTIC DANCE, Allegro giocoso

Joaquin Turina (1882 1949) - The Bullfighters Prayer

i. Allegro moderato, Andante, Lento, Allegro moderato, Andante, Lento

Alexander Borodin (1833 - 1887) - 'Polovtsian Dance No.17' from Prince Igor

Alexander Borodin (1833 - 1887) - String Quartet No.2 in D major

i. Allegro moderato
ii. SCHERZO, Allegro
iii. NOTTURNO, Andante
iV. FINALE, Andante, Vivace


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

With the Astaria String Quartet and Chris Jaeger narrator

Hand Crafted picture of Swan Lake

Join the Astaria String Quartet and narrator Chris Jaeger, in the story of 'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST'  where kindness and love conquer all. Look forward to musical extract from the film including the heartfelt song 'A Tale as Old as Time'. Singing along imperative!

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!'


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