Beaulieu Classic Festival – Fine music in a fine place

Beaulieu lives up to its name in many ways but the Beaulieu Classic Festival is one of the jewels in the crown. This year the festival runs from 14 to 24 September and the event celebrates its 15th anniversary.

The appearance of the Fine Arts String Quartet on their farewell tour is an absolute highlight. They can also be heard at the Fayence String Quartet Festival, on 17 September, as they mark over seventy years of lean and powerful playing. The Fayence concert includes Beethoven’s Op.131, while at Beaulieu they play an all-Dvorak programme, including the so-called “American” Quartet, and the Piano Quintet with Jean-Marc Luisada, who also plays a Chopin group of pieces.

The Beaulieu festival also celebrates another star name, with a concert on 14 September to honour the memory of the great cellist Rostropovich. The concert includes Schumann’s haunting concerto, played by Edgar Moreau and conducted by Benjamin Levy. On 19 September the Trio Marimba plays a light jazz programme at the Rotonde, moving from Mozart to Piazzolla by way of Nat “King” Cole and others.

Another concert not to miss takes place on 24 September, with a programme consisting of Nat “King” Cole alongside Bach, Byrd, Van Morrison and Duke Ellington… and others. This is given by VOCES8 and the concert is appropriately entitled “Sing Joyfully”.

There has been a revolution in the accessibility of great opera in recent years and Beaulieu contributes with a live screening direct from Covent Garden of a performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute on Wednesday 20 September. The work is a haunting display of a magical, fairy-tale mood that strikes directly at the human heart of duty and love.

See the full programme of the Beaulieu Classic Festival programme.

Find out more about this and other events in the Riviera Events Guide.

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