Friday 9th July: Phil Edwards wind quartet (flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon)

In this concert, the wind quartet, ‘Mistral’ will be performing compositions by two well-established twentieth century composers, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Richard Rodney Bennett, as well as music by two Sussex composers, Peter Copley, and Phil Baker.

Named after the strong,cold, fast flowing North wind which gusts through the South of France, Mistral is a quartet of wind instrumentalists: Anne Hodgson – Flute, Clare Worth – Oboe, Philip Edwards – Clarinet and Angela Kirsten – Bassoon, who explore music for the genre both old and new.

As well as its serious, sometimes destructive side, the Mistral is also responsible for the unusually sunny climate and clear air of Provence. The quartet reflects this contrast in its choice of pieces to perform, including Richard Rodney Bennett’s charming Travel Notes 2, Peter Copley’s deeply reflective Die Nacht ist Kommen, Phil Baker’s amusing and insightful Ostinato Pieces, and a twentieth century classic, Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Quatuor.