Midsummer Music

June 8, 2024
6:00 pm
Old Amersham
St Mary's Church

Midsummer Music

Midsummer Music is an annual chamber music festival that takes place over three days in June. It was founded in 2009 by Paul Lewis and his wife, Bjørg Lewis. Their wish was to start a festival near to where they have lived for many years. They wanted to create an event that would be a significant addition to the local music-making scene, but also through the international calibre of its artists, attract a national and international audience.

As Artistic Directors, Paul and Bjørg have always had a very clear vision for the structure of the festival. No ‘star’ recitals, no theming, no different prices for some artists rather than others. Rather, equality in approach and musicians with whom they are proud to share the stage: a team of artists, a collegial atmosphere and a bringing together of great talent.

The variety in programming is hugely attractive, and comes from the heart. The composers and works chosen are those that resonate most with them.

The church in the Chilterns in which they stage the festival has a beautiful atmosphere. The audience brush shoulders with some of the most significant figures in music today. Everyone packs into this space and hears at the closest quarters music-making that has beauty and power and that would grace any world stage.


Saturday 8 June at 6.00pm

J.S.BACH arr. KEMPFF Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein BWV.734
J.S.BACH arr. BUSONI Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland BWV.659

Imogen Cooper

BRITTEN String Quartet No.2

Vertavo Quartet  

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5  in E flat major Op. 73

Paul Lewis  • Vertavo Quartet  • Leon Bosch