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© 2017 Lincoln International Chamber Music Festival

Welcome to the 2017 Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival.  This year marks the beginning of an exciting new era for LICMF - the violinist Matthew Trusler has joined me as the Festival’s co-Artistic Director.  Matt will be familiar to all who have attended LICMF events in the last few years and I’m delighted he’ll be bringing his imagination and sense of adventure to our programming.


We honour the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death with a concert featuring music she knew and loved, and with a performance of a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that brings together the fabulous music of Carl Davis and the enduring talent of screen legend Hayley Mills.  There’s even a chance for you to don your dancing shoes and try out a few Regency moves in the grand surroundings of Grimsthorpe Castle.


The anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln Fair is marked as we acknowledge our long and historied relationship with the French, with several recitals featuring music written by British and French composers.  We’re also delighted to present a musical play starring David Holt that charts the story of our monarchy’s connection with music, told through the time-travelling travails of Nicholas Lanier (a Frenchman), the first Master of the King’s Music.  Finally, the 100th anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution is recognised through the inclusion of a number of works written by composers associated with what was one of the most seismic events in Russian history.


Our children’s concerts continue with a twist - a brand new collaboration between Trio Apaches and mime sensation Les Bubb will see a number of much-loved pieces re-imagined as never before.  And Harry the Piano - “The best damned pianist in the civilised world” - will amaze us with an evening of improvisation that blends musical styles in ways that are impossible to comprehend.


Our list of guest artists is as spectacular as ever and I’m grateful to all of them for bringing their talents to Lincolnshire.  I also offer my thanks to you - our audience - for your continued support.  I hope you’ll enjoy our programme as much as Matt and I enjoyed creating it!


Ashley Wass, co-Artistic Director

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Saturday, 29th July at 7.30pm

Sunday, 30th July at 7.30pm

Monday, 31st July at 7.30pm

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St. Botolph's Church, Boston


Gainsborough Old Hall

And All the People Rejoice

County Assembly Rooms, Lincoln

Trio Apaches pay homage to the Russian Revolution

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Tuesday, 1st August at 11.00am

Tuesday, 1st August at 7.30pm

Wednesday, 2nd August at 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Collegiate Church, Tattershall

Sam Newsom Centre, Boston

St. Mary's Church, Horncastle

'Music and Mime'

Matthew Trusler and Ashley Wass in recital

'Jane's Jukebox'

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Thursday, 3rd August at 11.00am

Thursday, 3rd August at 7.30pm

Friday, 4th August at 7.30pm

Lincoln Drill Hall

Lincoln Drill Hall

'Music and Mime'

Harry the Piano

Sibelius, Kodaly, Gershwin and Ravel

Saturday, 5th August at 4.30pm

Grimsthorpe Castle

Lincolnshire Regency Society

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A welcome from Matthew..

I am absolutely thrilled to join LICMF as Ashley's co-Artistic Director. I’ve been coming to Lincoln for many years now, and have always enjoyed the amazing support and warmth of the festival audiences. They are quite unique in their enthusiasm and willingness to experience Ashley’s often brilliant and sometimes outrageous ideas.


Working with Ashley has become one of the most valuable and productive partnerships I’ve ever had. It was a challenge trying to keep each other’s feet on the ground as our plans for this year’s festival started to grow, but I hope you'll enjoy the results!


Matthew Trusler, co-Artistic Director

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St. James Church, Spilsby

Grimsthorpe Castle

St. Katherine's Cathedral Church, Lincoln

Rachmaninov, Delius, Prokofiev, Debussy

'Pride and Prejudice Live'

Sunday, 6th August at 3.30pm

Saturday, 5th August at 7.30pm


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