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Summer Festival 2017 : 20th-23rd July

A July weekend of music-making, with performances in the churches of Thornham Magna, Thornham Parva, and the Music Room at Yaxley Hall.

An exciting and wide ranging programme: Major works by romantic composers framed by pieces from the 18th century to the contemporary.

Corentin Chassard, cello, will be joined by violinist Fra Rustumji, guitarist/composer Sam Cave, and virtuoso accordionist Bartosz Glowacki. We look forward to the return of Adrien Bernege clarinet, pianist Guillaume Mathias, and percussionist Raphaël Nivet. Conductor Jon Hargreaves will lead the combined forces in Sam Cave's festival commission work which will include the Thornham Magna church bells.

Thursday 20th July 2017, 7.30pm, Yaxley Hall
- last few seats -

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Pièces de clavecin en concert
Franz SchubertStandchen
Gabriel FaureAprès un rêve (cello and piano)
Claude DebussyBeau soir (violin and piano)
Alberto GinasteraDances Argentines

Interval with drinks and canapés

Johannes Brahms, Clarinet Trio Opus 114


Saturday 22nd July 2017, 12pm, Thornham Parva

Domenico Scarlatti, Sonata in A major K.208 (accordion solo)
Domcenico Scarlatti, Sonata in E minor K.98 (accordion solo)
Alessandro Stradella – Pieta Signore
Henry PurcellMusic for a While
György KurtágSigns, Games and Messages
Robert de Visee, Prelude and Allemande from Suite in D
Kaija SaariahoPapillon for solo cello
J.S Bach, Invention no.6 for cello and guitar (arr. Sam Cave)
J S Bach, Sonata in G minor for solo violin, Prelude
Ernest BlochPrière for accordion and cello
Victor VlasovArchipelago Gulag
Astor PiazzolaLibertango (tutti)


- 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. Please advise us of any dietary requirements.


Saturday 22nd July 2017, 7.30pm, Thornham Magna

Franz Listz, Mephisto Waltz
Sam Cave, 10:01 for violin and piano (world premiere)
Astor PiazzolaHistoire du tango


Béla Bartók, for children (volume 1)
J.S. Bach, Sarabande from Lute suite in E minor BWV996 (solo guitare)
Sam CaveAt the edge of his dreams... (festival commission - world premiere)


Traditional SerbianJovano Jovanke
 Jacob de BandolimDoce de Coco
+ pieces and improvisations for the ensemble in jazz/tango style


Sunday 23rd July 2017, 4pm, Thornham Magna

Franz Listz, Funérailles
Christian MasonBird learning to fly for solo cello (2017- dedicated to Corentin Chassard)
Francis Poulenc, Sonata for clarinet and piano
Mariane Riss, Départ for piano and cello (in the presence of the composer)


Anton Dvořák, Piano Trio Opus 90 nº4 "Dumky" Trio




For all FOUR 
Any THREE concerts £44
Yaxley Hall concert: £21 (refreshments included)
Thornham Magna concerts £18
Thornham Parva concert: £12
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

Steinway grand piano supplied and maintained by
Giller Pianos 




Fra Rustumji is a violinist/violist based in London. She studied music at King's College, Cambridge and completed her Master's with Krysia Osostowicz and David Dolan at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She specialises in small-scale cross-genre collaborations, especially with dancers, and will tour this autumn with Joss Arnott Dance Company for their production of 'V' for solo dancer and solo viola. She performs extensively as a chamber musician, with the Florian Quartet and as guest violist for the Dante quartet, and her performances as principal violin for Shadwell Opera, a contemporary opera group based in east London, have won critical acclaim. She loves to improvise, and is a member of Le Collectif international des improvisateurs, run by Roddy Skeaping. Recent highlights include performing with Kate Tempest at the Brighton Festival. In the field of music education, Fra teaches violin and viola at the City of London Academy in Islington, and gives composition workshops with Paul Clarke and the Clod Ensemble, as well as curating and presenting workshops for the Multi-Story Orchestra, who work intensively with schools in Peckham, south London.

Sam Cave is an English guitarist and composer who left his native Cornwall to study with Gary Ryan and Chris Stell at the Royal College of Music in London with financial assistance from The Countess of Munster Musical Trust. He has also studied with Vincent Lindsey-Clark, Michael Zev-Gordon, Michael Finnissy, Gilbert Biberian and Craig Ogden and graduated from the University of Southampton with a first class honours degree and the Edward Wood memorial prize in music.
Working both as a soloist and a chamber musician with flautist Ruth Corney, harpsichordist Jane Chapman and ACE (Avant-garde Composers Ensemble), Sam has performed in venues around the UK and abroad with appearances at the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Royal College of Music, Turner Sims Concert Hall, The National Gallery, St John’s Smith Square, Handel House, The Forge, London International Guitar Festival, Exhibition Road Music Day (European Day of Music), City Showcase Festival, Leeds Leider+ Festival, SoundSCAPE festival of contemporary music in Italy, The Institute of contemporary Arts, LSO St. Luke’s, AVGARDE concert series in Norway, the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre and on BBC Radio Cornwall. Sam’s passion for twentieth and twenty-first century repertoire shines through his work. To date he has given over 30 world, European and UK premiere performances of music by George Holloway, Hossein Hadisi, John Habron, Gabriel Prokofiev, Aldo Clementi and others. His own compositions have been performed in England, Norway, Sweden, Australia and the USA; he spends much of his time working with composers to create new works for the guitar.
Sam is also an educator in much demand. He is currently visiting tutor in guitar at Brunel University’s Arts Centre and lecturer in classical guitar at Brunel University’s School of Arts and regularly gives group classes, lecture-recitals and demonstrations.

Bartosz Glowacki is one of the leading lights of a new generation of accordionists. His artistic goal is to improve awareness of the accordion in classical music, as well as to develop a new repertoire for his instrument.
He was born in Poland, where he has studied classical accordion with Professor Andrzej Smolik in the National Music School in Sanok. In 2015 he graduated from The Royal Academy of Music with the first class diploma and Regency Award for noticeable achievements where he continues his Master studies now.
Bartosz won the Polish Young Musician of the Year in 2009, following which he represented Poland in the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition in Vienna. Here, he performed Mikolaj Majkusiak's "Concerto Classicco" for accordion and symphony orchestra in the grand finale with the ORF Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He is a recipient of many prizes in National, as well as International Music Competitions. He is a recipient of The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, John Hosier Special Award 2015 and Zygmunt Zaleski Foundation.
As a soloist he has performed in many prestigious concert halls, for example, The Wigmore Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, The Purcell Room, Salle Cortot, The Colston Hall, Studio SI of The Polish National Radio Station, and many others. He has premiered compositions by Luke Bedford, Richard Causton, Richard Ayres, Christopher Austin, Maciej Zimka, Marko Nikodijevic, Diana Burrell and Johannes Schöllhorn. As well as being a soloist, Bartosz is extremely active chamber musician. He is a founding member of The Deco Ensemble, described as an “exceptional ensemble of the highest caliber”, with a “strong and highly individual voice”. The ensemble has toured Europe extensively. Highlights from last season included sold-out performances in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Brighton, York, Bristol, Brussels, Bratislava, Strasbourg, Rome, and Poland, including appearances at Wigmore Hall, Colston Hall, Norfolk and Norwich festival. Next season’s engagements include recitals at the Purcell Room, Royal Albert Hall, National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Salle Cortot in Paris and are taking the ensemble as far as Azerbaijan. Deco Ensemble’s debut album ‘Encuentro’ was released in July 2015.
During his career, he collaborated with many world famous musicians such as Nigel Kennedy, Trevor Pinnock, Rob da Bank, Atom String Quartet, Meccorre String Quartet, Dave Maric and many others. Bartosz has worked with musical institutions like The Royal Opera House, The Chroma Ensemble, The Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Welsh National Opera, The City of London Sinfonia, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Sinfonia Varsovia, ORF Symphony Orchestra and many others. With these institutions, he has performed multiple new operas and orchestral works, which feature the accordion in several different styles.

Based in Glasgow and London, Jon Hargreaves is a conductor specialising in contemporary music. He co-directs the Octandre Ensemble, is Musical Director of Online Orchestra and of the London Medical Orchestra. Highlights for 2016/17 include an appearance conducting for the LSO Soundhub scheme, a performance of Pierrot Lunaire with the mezzo soprano Lore Lixenberg, recording with the
Rogue Orchestra, and a performance conducting the Grampian Youth Orchestra.
In 2011, Jon founded the Octandre Ensemble with composer Christian Mason. Since then, the group has established a strong reputation for high quality performances of new music, with a  particular focus on timbral exploration and ritual. Recently, Jon conducted the group in an epic concert at St. John's, Smith Square, for broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now programme. The ensemble has given many premieres, including works by Sinan Savaskan, their composer in Residence.
In summer 2015, the Online Orchestra presented a real-time networked performance in four locations, separated by miles, and on different land-masses in West Cornwall. The project was based at Falmouth University, partnered by the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Cornwall Music Education Hub, with funding from AHRC. Since then Jon has conducted for online workshops with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra players and schools in the South West in his role as Musical Director.
​Jon became Musical Director of the London Medical Orchestra in 2015. The orchestra has a long history and previous conductors include Norman Del Mar CBE and Sir Colin Davis. Since Jon began in the role the orchestra has raised thousands of pounds for charity, in standing room-only performances. Jon has appeared as a guest conductor with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, and also with Glasgow's Rogue Orchestra, in recordings and performances.