Summer at Breinton 2021

In June, we held two outdoor, Covid-Secure recitals for 250 guests at Breinton

  • Summer at Breinton: Jess Gillam, Sam Becker & Zeynep Özsuca on 13 June 2021

    "...the live setting last Sunday presented Jess Gillam's true magnetic nature, literally 'infectious' personality, the enthusiasm to share her music with the audience, no hesitation to give everything to connect, bursting stamina and energy to keep going, all on top of her apparently outstanding talent and ability..."

  • Outdoor Recitals in the Garden at Breinton

    "...the live setting last Sunday presented Jess Gillam's true magnetic nature, literally 'infectious' personality, the enthusiasm to share her music with the audience, no hesitation to give everything to connect, bursting stamina and energy to keep going, all on top of her apparently outstanding talent and ability..."

  • Summer at Breinton: Consone Quartet on 19 June 2021

    "The programme was utterly beautiful, ... the Consone Quartet displayed their strengths superbly; their expert collaboration, the glorious sounds of their distinguished period instruments, the precision of each and every note melting into a beautiful harmony and shape..."

  • Outdoor Recitals in the Garden at Breinton

    "The programme was utterly beautiful, ... the Consone Quartet displayed their strengths superbly; their expert collaboration, the glorious sounds of their distinguished period instruments, the precision of each and every note melting into a beautiful harmony and shape..."

Summer at Breinton 2020

First July Recital - Fabulous Strings

Saturday 4 July 2020

Natalia Lomeiko & Yuri Zhislin, Violin & Viola

It was a liberating experience. On Saturday 4 July, the first day of freedom from lockdown, “Summer at Breinton: Fabulous Strings” was potentially the very first live, public concert with an audience for over 100 days.

The first time for the musicians to perform to real people. The first time for us to hear live music. For many, the first time to be with people from other households, albeit outdoors and staying two meters apart. The first time to feel the unusual ‘normal’ again...

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Second July Recital - World Tour

Sunday 26 July 2020

Lotte Betts-Dean, mezzo soprano; Bartosz Glowacki, accordion;
Andrey Lebedev, guitar

Our second recital featured a very different musical genre but, unfortunately, the same rather dark and threatening British summer weather! 

The three performers took us on a joyful and emotional ride with music from around the world. They put a smile on our face and left warmness in our hearts; this was a concert to be remembered for a long time.

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Third August Recital - Third Quarter

Saturday 8 August 2020

The Carducci String Quartet
with Hannah and Katherine Dienes-Williams

Our dream combination of two violins, viola and cello was presented by the Carducci String Quartet who not only showed their bubbling energy and glorious harmony, but their indisputable togetherness, full-bodied sound making and expression, and brilliant projection.

Their programme featured Beethoven’s Serioso, so dark and dynamic, and Dvorak’s American; the contrast of personalities was striking.

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Fourth August Recital - Seemingly Unlikely

Saturday 22 August 2020

Huw Wiggin, saxophone
Oliver Wass, harp

What crossed the minds of our guests during Gershwin’s Summertime, I will never know, but it had a bittersweet feeling now that this unprecedented summer 2020 is nearing the end. Fantasie Brillante sur des airs de Carmen certainly showed off the skills of both performers, then Piazzolla’s Oblivion, total beauty lingering with a bit of sorrow, to conclude Summer at Breinton, at least, for now.

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Fifth & Final Recital - Inside Out with Stephen Hough

Saturday 12 September 2020

Stephen Hough
solo piano

A brave endeavour saw the pianist inside and the audience outside, but, as the first chords of Bach-Busoni’s Chaconne burst into the open air, an absolute silence prevailed in the garden. Even the birds stopped chirping; there was nothing but the piano sounds played by Stephen..

Our last outdoor concert was a truly memorable event. Even the weather was on our side, with plenty of sunshine and a very gentle breeze!

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