As well as music from the great composers of yesteryear, the Festival features two new commissions from two of the UK’s most promising young composers.

‘After Avedon’ by Mark Simpson was commissioned by the Gould Piano and was influenced by the astounding work of photographer Richard Avedon.  ‘Blush’ by Gareth Williams is a co-commission by Harrogate International Festivals and Belfast Music Society. Both pieces will be performed by the Gould Piano Trio and flanked by two of Beethoven’s finest Piano Trios. Concert begins at 7.30pm on Friday 7 July at Wesley Chapel with a pre-concert talk with composer Gareth Williams beginning at 6.30pm.

The Gould Piano Trio is committed to promoting new composers, and the new works celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017.

Sharon Canavar, CEO of Harrogate International Festivals, said: “Music, like all culture, makes us empathetic, it helps us understand, to question, to engage in philosophical questions. It’s why we picked our theme, Generations, not just to celebrate past greats, but to look forward too. We’re really proud to be showcasing new contemporary classical composers.”


Gould Piano Trio, Friday 7 July, 7.30pm, Wesley Chapel

Pre-concert talk: 6.30pm

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