“If you think you know what chamber music is and how it should be presented, then think again. Because those behind this weekend’s new Festival grabbed the rule book in both hands and tore it to shreds.”
*****The Nottingham Post
The Nottingham Chamber Music Festival (NCMF) loves to be part of good things happening for classical music in Nottingham. Founded in 2018 by Carmen Flores, the NCMF supports the creative energy for chamber music in Nottingham and has grown into an annual Festival of concerts held across the city every summer.
The NCMF brings many creative musicians and artists to Nottingham. Artists and ensembles have included the Villiers Quartet, Onyx Brass, Konya Kanneh-Mason, SCAW Duo, baritone Geoff Williams, the Harborough Ensemble, poet Andrew Graves, BabyGigs, cellist Matthew Sharp, Keys to the Universe, composer Elizabeth Kelly, and the Leonore Piano Trio. The Festival presents an annual Family Concert for children and families to enjoy chamber music up close. The NCMF also hosts a Chamber Music Seminar for students and adults to receive intensive chamber music coaching from Visiting Artists.
The NCMF celebrates a community approach to chamber music and highlights the strong cultural heritage of Nottingham, presenting concerts in historical and non-traditional performance spaces across the city. Concert venues have included the Royal Concert Hall, Delilah Fine Foods, Nottingham High School, and St. Peter’s Church. The NCMF serves to ignite these spaces and reinforce the power of bringing community together through music.
“This is only the second year of the Nottingham Chamber Festival, yet already it feels like an essential part of the city’s musical life. Renewal and discovery are clearly an important part of the mix….both connoisseurs and new-comers are made to feel equally at home.”