A Double Concert in the beautiful surroundings of Sledmere: two contrasting concerts in the house and church, both repeated, the audiences changing places after a picnic interval.
‘Your ever loving son Jack’
Joshua Ellicott (tenor)
Simon Lepper (piano)
In 1915, Jack Ellicott, aged 19, signed up to join his pals in fighting the ‘queer one’. A century later, his great-nephew, the tenor Joshua Ellicott, presents a programme of words and music, telling the story of his Great Uncle Jack by reading the letters he sent to his mother and father and following his journey from Blackpool to Tunbridge Wells, then on to France and into the trenches from where he would never return, killed in combat at the Somme.
Jack’s letters are often funny, surprising and deeply moving, a portrait of a youth on the cusp of manhood, with all of its joys and sorrows. The interspersed songs performed by Joshua Ellicott and Simon Lepper complete a moving and unique musical portrait.
‘Deservedly huge cheers at the end of the night went to Joshua Ellicott ... musical distinction, emotional precision and a keen dramatic urgency’ – Boston Globe
Death and the Maiden
Schubert – String Quartet no. 14 in D minor Death and the Maiden
The Endellion Quartet perform one of Schubert’s most beloved works, composed in 1824 when, despite his despair over his failing health, he nevertheless managed to produce one of his most expressive and profound scores.
‘the only bankable British ensemble of international stature... four musicians of elevated ideals and great accomplishment’ – The Strad
‘think of a man whose health can never be restored, and who from sheer despair makes matters worse instead of better. Think, I say, of a man whose brightest hopes have come to nothing, to whom love and friendship are but torture, and whose enthusiasm for the beautiful is fast vanishing; and ask yourself if such a man is not truly unhappy’ – Schubert, in a letter of 1824
The grounds of Sledmere will be open from 5.30pm for concert-goers and there will be a further picnic opportunity during the 45 minute interval between performances when drinks will also be available.
How to Book
The Festival Bus is available to this venue