Hertfordshire Festival of Music – Live Music-Making Returns to Queenswood!
Friday 11 June 2021
After more than a year without any public performances, what a tonic it was to welcome the public into our concert venues for a week of glorious live music.
Tehya D and Tasmin Little
As part of the Hertfordshire Festival of Music 2021, Queenswood hosted a series of socially-distanced recitals and events this week.
Jodi-Faye H and Tasmin Little
We began on Tuesday, with a fascinating strings masterclass in the Ernest Read Hall, presented by internationally acclaimed violinist Tasmin Little. Tasmin very kindly stepped in at the eleventh hour, due to the indisposition of soloist Chloë Hanslip. She offered tremendously insightful advice on technique and presentation to six supremely talented young strings players, two of whom – Jodi-Faye H (Year 10) and Tehya D (Year 12) – are current Queenswood students.
On Thursday, Master of the Queen's Music, Judith Weir CBE, was interviewed by Artistic Directors James Francis Brown and Tom Hammond about her creative life – a fascinating exploration of the working practices of a living composer.
The week of music-making culminated in two sublime recitals in the Chapel, with Chloë Hanslip (violin) and Danny Driver (piano). The programmes juxtaposed specially commissioned works by Judith Weir and James Francis Brown with two Beethoven sonatas.
We are enormously grateful to all the artists and organisers, both at the Hertfordshire Festival and here at Queenswood, who helped to make these very special events possible.