The Two Moors Festival offers a broad range of activities, including a Residency scheme that gives musicians at any stage in their professional careers the opportunity to work at leisure in an environment away from the demands of a stressful schedule. The facilities, set within idyllic surroundings in the heart of Exmoor, include a studio with Bösendorfer Imperial Grand piano and excellent acoustics; comfortable accommodation; good food and wine; glorious moorland scenery. The relaxed atmosphere is conducive for artists to arrange their personal practice schedules. The 2MF Residency is an outstandingly successful venture, increasingly in demand as the word spreads throughout the music profession.
Reasons for doing a Residency could include:
- Preparation for a recording, competition or extensive tour
- Working on new repertoire
- Rehearsing for a concert or debut recital
- Working with a new ensemble
- Writing a composition
Most Residencies last four days. During that time artists rehearse for up to ten gruelling hours a day – it is their choice. They can help themselves to food at their convenience and the evening meal is home cooked and washed down with generous quantities of excellent wine! Artists are asked to give a small public recital to about thirty people at the end of their Residency. These are informal, often with conversation between the artists and audience. Most people stay for supper afterwards as it provides a good opportunity to meet the Performers.
In addition, selected artists are invited to give a concert in London at a specified venue.
Word is spreading fast about the Festival’s Residency Scheme. Please contact the Artistic Director, Penny Adie for further details.
“At the end of the residency I gave a concert featuring the vast majority of the repertoire I was preparing for the Montreal International Piano Competition. Looking back now I can see how crucial this was in my journey towards winning the first prize, because it was really the only time I was able to play the pieces through consecutively in front of a large audience during the lead-up to the competition. I made a video recording of the recital and that became a new starting point from which to build on and improve further in the days following the residency.” Jayson Gillham in preparation for the 2014 Montreal International Piano Competition (First Prize Winner)
February 5th – 9th 2018
Peter Harris (tenor) and Hamish Brown (piano)
Both are winners of Oxford Lieder Prize
During this residency the pair will prepare for various competitions that they plan to enter over the next couple of years, including the Ferrier Prize, Das Lied and The Wigmore Song Prize (the latter two in 2019 but preparing early). The time would be used to explore and learn new Lied repertoire, focusing in particular on Schubert and Schumann along with a few operatic arias.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Peter Harris studied Music at the University of Oxford where he held a choral scholarship at The Queen's College. Following university Peter was awarded a place on the Monteverdi Choir Apprenticeship Scheme. Recent solo engagements with the choir include Mozart Requiem at the Salzburg Festpielhaus.
Peter has recently given performances of Schumann Dichterliebe at the Charles Wood Festival in Northern Ireland and Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge and Gurney Ludlow and Teme for the New Chamber Opera recital series. Peter is also a Britten Pears Young Artist.
Recent solo highlights include Bach St Matthew Passion (Dunedin Consort/John Butt) Lancaster War Requiem, (Hope/Three Choirs Festival) Wood Handel Dettingen Te Deum (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Layton), Pärt Berliner Messe at the Consertgebouw (Britten Sinfonia/Layton), and Bernstein Mass at the BBC Proms (Kristjan Järvi).
Peter is a student at the Royal Academy of Music and is supported by the Leverhulme Trust and Josephine Baker Trust.
Hamish Brown was born in 1993 and grew up in Marlborough, Wiltshire. From 2011-14, he read music at the University of Manchester, studying piano with Andrew Wilde, graduating with First Class Honours.
He continued his studies at the Royal College of Music, where his support included a Help Musicians UK Harrison Award, studying Piano Accompaniment with Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles, graduating in July 2016 with Distinction. During his studies, he won first prizes for accompaniment in all of the RCM vocal competitions.
In June 2016, he was selected as a student of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, supported by a Viola Tunnard Scholarship. Hamish has also performed at the Leeds Lieder and Deal festivals, and at venues including Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall, V&A Museum, Royal Over Seas League, Royal Festival Hall and Elgar Room.
Hamish also works as an orchestral pianist, and has performed under conductors including Jac van Steen, John Wilson, Vladimir Jurowski, Brett Dean, Michael Seal and Simon Over.
The Gildas Quartet
Christopher Jones violin
Gemma Sharples violin
Kay Stephens viola
Anna Menzies cello
Praised for their 'refreshing approach' and 'exciting precision', The Gildas Quartet is fast establishing itself as one of the most exciting young ensembles to emerge in recent years.
Passionate exponents of a diverse and varied repertoire, the Gildas have had the privilege of working with composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Colin Matthews and Howard Skempton. They have recently given recitals at international festivals such as the Two Moors Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, and the Cheltenham Festival, and they were invited to teach and perform at Dartington Summer Music this August.
The Gildas Quartet are City Music Foundation Artists and have recently finished their tenure as Junior Fellows at the Birmingham Conservatoire. They have frequently been featured by the Park Lane Group Young Artists scheme.