Pianist Anna Tilbrook, tenor James Gilchrist, the Sacconi Quartet and friends will perform four concerts exploring key themes of Hull’s past – from the work of William Wilberforce to the effects of the Blitz - each preceded by a lecture by University of Hull experts to set the music in context.
Presented by Petroc Trelawny and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, the Big Chamber Weekend comes ahead of the visit by the BBC Proms to Hull later in July.
Alan Davey, Controller BBC Radio 3, said: “Chamber music is special: it arguably engages the mind and the heart more than any other music. It is an important part of what Radio 3 does and what makes it so distinctive.
“We are delighted to be bringing some of the finest chamber music and musicians to Hull as part of UK City of Culture 2017, and we really hope audiences both in Hull and listening on Radio 3 are enriched by these imaginatively curated programmes.”
The Big Chamber Weekend is the latest in a series of music and arts events to be hosted at the redeveloped Middleton Hall as part of the University’s partnership in Hull UK City of Culture 2017, from film festivals to opera.
Professor Alastair Borthwick, who is leading on the event for the University, said: “The BBC Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend provides a wonderful opportunity to hear classical music of the highest quality and to be part of the audience for a national radio broadcast.
“It builds on recent collaborations between the University of Hull and the BBC, including BBC Introducing and a recent performance on In Tune by our Chapel Choir.
“As a University we are able to draw on a wide range of expertise and it is a particular pleasure to welcome some of our esteemed academics - from English, the Wilberforce Institute, History and Politics - to deliver lectures associated with each of the concert themes as an integral part of the weekend’s events.”
For tickets and further details, please book online.
Friday 7 July, 6pm- Writers Old and New
Saturday 8 July, 3pm- Wilberforce
Saturday 8 July, 6pm- The North Sea
Sunday 9 July, 3pm- The Blitz