2016 Retreat

The Retreat is supported by The Misses Barrie Trust

Jointly led by violinist Alexander Janiczek and ENF director Svend Brown, The Retreat is an exciting development for the Festival that both enriches the core programme and enables it to ‘give something back’ to chamber music by investing in outstanding young talents.

The Retreat seeks to encourage, support and inspire exceptional young musicians who are already demonstrating a gift for chamber music by offering a matchless opportunity to spend time with outstanding world-class players, to learn both specific repertoire and also more general aspects of musical wisdom that will influence their work for years to come.

In 2015, ten incredible young musicians spent an intense week together playing music, learning and rehearsing. By coming to the peaceful and quiet East Neuk of Fife, they were freed to give themselves over to a transformational and concentrated musical experience, which was celebrated and shared in at two special hour-long Retreat Concerts as part of the East Neuk Festival programme.

The 2016 Retreat will run from 22 June to 1 July, and will showcase the participating musicians in two public concerts in the second week.

Retreat Concert 1 – 28th June 2016

An informal concert to hear the discoveries of the musicians’ first few days of intensive musical exploration. The groups performed movements from the following pieces: BEETHOVEN Trio in c minor, MOZART Quintet in g minor, MENDELSSOHN Quartet Op 13 No 2, BRAHMS Sextet in G, SCHUBERT Quintet in C.

Retreat Concert 2 – 30th June 2016

SCHÖNBERG Verklärte Nacht – with Savitri Grier, Tami Pohjola, Diyang Mei, Krzysztof Chorzelski, Laura van der Heijden & Abigail Hayward

SCHUBERT String Quintet in C – with Colin Scobie, Alexander Janiczek, Hung-Tzu Chu, Ursula Smith & Leander Kippenberg

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Abigail Hayward cello
Abigail’s participation is supported by The Fenton Arts Trust

Colin Scobie violin
Colin’s participation is supported by The Cross Trust

Hung-Tzu Chu viola
Hung-Tzu’s participation is supported by The Fenton Arts Trust

Laura van der Heijden cello
Laura’s participation is supported by Frank Hitchman

Leander Kippenberg cello
Leander’s participation is supported by The Solti Foundation

Diyang Mei viola
Diyang’s participation is supported by Colin & Sue Buchan

Savitri Grier violin
Savitri’s participation is supported by Fidelio Charitable Trust

Tami Pohjola violin
Tami’s participation is supported by Gavin & Kate Gemmell

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The participants and coaches from the 2016 ENF Retreat, at Kilrenny Church before their final concert. Photo by Colin Hattersley.

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View photos from the 2016 Retreat

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Alexander Janiczek Musical Director

Svend Brown Co-Director

Ruth Davie Retreat Producer

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2016 Retreat Leaders

Krzysztof Chorzelski viola

Ursula Smith cello

David Watkin cello

Valentin Erben cello
Valentin’s attendance is supported by The Hugh Fraser Foundation

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Support The Retreat

If you would like to support The Retreat, please get in touch with ian@eastneukfestival.com

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Read about the 2015 Retreat

View photos from the 2015 Retreat

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