The Highgate International Chamber Music Festival (HICMF) has announced its 2021 programme, which includes six performances from distinguished chamber musicians in one of Highgate’s beautiful churches. 

The festival welcomes a number of world-renowned artists this year, including Alina Ibragimova MBE, Julian Bliss [pictured], Isata Kanneh-Mason, Nicholas Daniel OBE, Robert Cohen, Alec Frank-Gemmill, Wu Qian andFestival Directors Ashok Klouda, Natalie Klouda and Irina Botan.

They will explore masterworks of the repertoire alongside lesser-known gems, and in combinations of performers that simply cannot be heard anywhere else.

Festival Co-Director and Founder Ashok Klouda comments: “Like many organisations around the country, we were sadly unable to hold live events in 2020. We are therefore thrilled to be bringing live music-making back to Highgate this year, with an extraordinary group of artists joining us to perform this highly varied programme of chamber music.”

Highlights of the 2021 festival include:
– Acclaimed clarinettist Julian Bliss leads a performance of Coleridge-Taylor’s Quintet in F-sharp minor for Clarinet and Strings, Op.10 (Fri 3rd Dec)- An exploration of neglected composers of Jewish origins, including Weinberg’s Aria Op.9 and Capriccio Op.11 for String Quartet, and Robert Kahn’s Quintet in C minor, Op. 54 for clarinet, horn, violin, cello and piano (Sat 4th Dec)
– An all-star team of Nicholas Daniel, Ashok Klouda and Isata Kanneh-Mason perform Prokofiev’s Flute Sonata in D, Op.94  arranged for oboe, cello and piano (Sun 5th Dec)
– The festival finale, featuring Mendelssohn’s stunning String Quintet No.2 in B flat, Op. 87 (Sun 5th Dec)

For full programme information, visit: https://www.chambermusicfestival.co.uk/

HCIMF is also proud to resume its Young Artists scheme this season. The scheme brings together several aspects of music education to help emerging ensembles become more versatile musicians and all-round communicators.