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2016 Summer Festival: 21st – 24th July

Exquisite concerts in store in the Thornhams this July: don't miss out!

Cellist Corentin Chassard returns for our Summer Festival, with violinist Charlotte Maclet who made such an impression last year, the wonderful clarinettist Adrien Bernege, pianist extraordinaire Guillaume Mathias, and for the first time, violinist Gaëlle-Anne Michel, Guillaume Leroy viola, Aladar Salasovics double bass, and Jeanne Sifferlé bassoon.

It is very special to be able to welcome alongside them French Horn player Lisa Maria Cooper: Lisa is pursuing an impressive career as an orchestral soloist in Denmark - see below - but returns to her native Suffolk to join us in two landmark pieces in the horn chamber repertoire.

We are once again indebted to our Patron Dominic Richards for hosting our opening concert in Yaxley Hall, and we also owe great thanks to our local councillors Jessica Flemming and Diana Kearsley for supporting this festival with monies from their locality budgets. This has enabled us for the first time to bring a piano into Thornham Magna church for the Festival week. We are also very grateful to the Scarfe Foundation and the Alfred Williams Charitable Trust for their support of Music at Thornham.

The world première will take place this year of a new work by modern French Romantic composer Michel Perera and we hope that Mr Perera will be with us for this unique event.


Thursday 21st July, 7.30pm, Yaxley Hall
- sold out -

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio in C minor, Opus 1 no.3
Dimitri Shostakovich 5 pieces for 2 violins and piano
Camille Saint-Saëns Rondo Capriccioso for violin and piano
Ernő Dohnányi Piano Quintet in C minor, Opus 1
With interval refreshments included.

Saturday 23rd July, 12 noon, Thornham Parva 
- sold out -

Franz Schubert String Trio in B flat major D.471
Michel Perera Clarinet Quintet - World Première
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Horn Quintet in E flat major K. 407

Saturday 23rd July, 7.30pm, Thornham Magna

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata for violin and piano in A major, KV 305
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in B flat major, Op.18 no. 6
Franz Schubert Quintet The Trout in A major D.667

- sold out -

following the Thornham Parva concert: booking essential.

Lunch in the Village Hall is prepared, using mainly local produce, by staff and members of the Beyond the Wall project which is based at Thornham Walled Garden

Sunday 24th July, 4pm, Thornham Magna

W. A. Mozart Divertimento no.3, in F Major, KV 138
Johannes Brahms Ballade Opus 10 no.4
Astor Piazzolla Oblivion
Franz Schubert Octet in F major, D.803

TICKET PRICES FOR 2016 (unchanged from last year)

For all FOUR concerts£39
Any THREE concerts £29
Any TWO concerts £24
Yaxley Hall concert: £18
Thornham Magna concerts £15
Thornham Parva concert: £10
Saturday Lunch: £9

seating unreserved
Free admission for children and students in full-time education

To make a reservation ring
01379 788130, or
01379 783124,
or contact us via email

Saturday Lunch, prepared by volunteers and staff at the Beyond the Wall project, will be available at Thornham Village Hall. Advance reservation for Lunch is essential. Please be sure to advise us of any dietary requirements.


Steinway grand piano supplied and maintained by
Giller Pianos 



Lisa MariaLisa Maria Cooper has performed as Principal Horn of the Aarhus Symfoniorkester since 2010 and joined the faculty of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Aarhus and Aalborg in 2014.

Lisa has worked with World Orchestra for Peace UNESCO Artist for Peace, World Brass Ensemble, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Guerzenich Orchestra Cologne, London Festival Orchestra, Nash Ensemble and with Essener Philharmoniker “Opernhaus des Jahres,“ 
(Opern Welt 2008) from 2006-2010. 

Born in 1980, Lisa began playing the Horn in Suffolk,and was a Music scholar before attending the Royal Academy of Music, London, Essener Folkwanghochschule, Germany and Conservatorium Maastricht, Netherlands, where she studied with Derek Taylor, Richard Watkins, Frank Lloyd, Erich Penzel and private study with Gail Williams.
Aged only 20 Lisa performed as Principal Horn with the Jeunesses Musicale World Orchestra during a Peace tour of the Balkans and joined the Deutsche Oper am Rhein for a season whilst still a student at only 21 years of age. 
Recent Solo performances include the Benjamin Britten Serenade for Tenor, horn and Strings during the Britten Centenary across Denmark and on tour to Germany. 
Future chamber music performances include Mozart Horn Quintet and A Musical Joke, Beethoven Sextet, Brahms Horn Trio and Schubert Octet in Denmark and England during 2016.
Lisa has performed with numerous conductors and artists including Rudolf Buchbinder, Joseph Calleja, Sarah Chang, Sir Colin Davis, Renee Flemming, Juan Diego Flórez, Ed Gardner, Sir John Eliot Gardner, Valery Gergiev, Edita Gruberová, Alina Ibragimova, Yakov Kreizberg, Mrsiolav Rostapovich, and Bryn Terfel. 
Lisa performs on a Hand hammered Gebr. Alexander 103.


Guillaume Mathias studied at Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatoire, Ecole Normale of Paris « Alfred Cortot » in Paris, and at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest.
He has since enjoyed his success in both national and international competitions. Amongst many others, these awards include
the 1st prize at the “Centennial of Yamaha Piano Competition” and the award for excellence at the “International Keyboard Institute and Festival” in New York.
He currently performs in both festivals and concerts across the world. Having previously lived in Paris for most of his life, Guillaume Mathias has now moved to Cardiff, where he is enjoying teaching, performing and working for the organisation “The Kodaly Society of Wales”.
Through his successful career, he has proven to be a wonderful musician, exploring the sounds of what the piano has to offer, whilst intelligently relating to the composers work with great effect. He is certainly a pianist to look out for.