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Highgate Chamber Music Festival gets back to ‘Rustic Roots’ this year with a folk theme

24 November, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Meduotera duo Taylan Arikan, baglama, add Srdjan Vukasinovic, accordion, perform at St Michael’s on Saturday November 25

Now in its fifth year, The Highgate International Chamber Music Festival has turned into something quite spectacular, world-class musicians playing truly lovely music in two lovely churches, St Michael’s and St Anne’s.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Rustic Roots”.

“When we started to think about the chamber music we most wanted to play in the festival, we soon realised there was one thing that linked them all, namely folk music,” says Ashok Klouda, one of the festival’s artistic directors. “In fact, it became apparent quite quickly that of course the influence of folk culture and folk music permeates through all music. “It just depends on how hard you look and, needless to say, we were spoilt for choice in what to play in Rustic Roots.”

Musicians playing in the festival include its artistic director, violinist Natalie Klouda, cellist Ashok Klouda and Irina Botan; pianist Katya Apekisheva; clarinettist Julian Bliss; violinist Benjamin Gilmore; and violinist Rowena Calvert.

Highlights of this year’s festival include:

Saturday, November 25
• St Michael’s, Highgate, opening concert, 7pm: Haydn Gypsy piano trio/Arensky string quartet No 2/ Dvořák string sextet in A
• St Michael’s, 9.15pm: Unique accordion/baglama duo Meduoteran

Sunday, November 26
• St Anne’s 6.30pm: Brahms’ Hungarian Dances / Dvořák Slavonic Dances / UK premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Six Pint Sized Pieces for violin & piano

Monday, November 27
• St Anne’s 6.30pm: Ex-Animo Mentorship Scheme: Dvořák Piano Trio No 4
• St Anne’s 7.30pm: Schumann Five pieces in folk style for cello and piano/ Bartok: selection from 44 duos for two violins/Bartok: Rhapsody No 1 for violin & piano

Wednesday November 29
• St Micheal’s 7.30pm: Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B minor and his Hungarian Dances /Piazzolla’s Historie du Tango /Beethoven’s Razumovsky string quartet

Friday December 1
• St Anne’s, Gala Concert, 7pm: Shostakovich’s piano trio No 2/ Dvořák’s Songs my Mother Taught Me/Coleridge-Taylor’s Gypsy Dance for violin and piano.

• The Highgate International Chamber Music Festival runs from November 25-December 1, full details at

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