BBC Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend

Friday 7 July to Sunday 9 July 2017

A partnership of Hull 2017, the BBC, the University of Hull and Hull Chamber Music are presenting the BBC Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend.

Featuring Anna Tilbrook, piano, James Gilchrist, tenor and the Sacconi Quartet, there will be four concerts:    

Friday 7th July, 18:00     WRITERS OLD AND NEW
The first concert celebrates writers old and new, with music by Purcell, Britten, Tippett, Vaughan Williams and Rebecca Clarke alongside the world premiere of a new work by David Bednall – settings of words by the Hull-born poet Andrew Marvell.   

Saturday 8th July, 15:00      WILBERFORCE
The second concert is a nod to one of Hull’s most famous sons, William Wilberforce – missionary, MP and slavery abolitionist, and includes music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and the Chevalier de Saint-Georges alongside Beethoven’s tour-de-force “Storm” Quintet.

Saturday 8th July, 18:00       THE NORTH SEA
The third concert celebrates Hull’s history as a sea port with its thriving fishing industry, with songs by Faure and Schubert, as well as Schubert’s famous “Trout” Quintet.

Sunday 9th July, 15:00       THE BLITZ
The final concert marks the dark days of WWII and the intensive bombing of the city which caused such devastation. The programme includes songs by John Ireland and Ivor Gurney as well as Shostakovich’s 8th String Quartet – itself a depiction of a concentrated bombing raid in Dresden, and Vaughan Williams’ setting of AE Housman’s “On Wenlock Edge”, so synonymous now with wartime.

You can find full details and book tickets by following this link to the University’s booking site:


New season: 2017-18

Details of next season's concerts will appear as soon as possible, hopefully before the end of August. In the meantime this is a list of the artists and concert dates planned so far.


Thursday 5 October 2017

Yvegeny Sudbin, piano

Thursday 26 October 2017

Carducci SQ
with Craig Ogden, guitar

Thursday 23 November 2017

Ellipsis Trio
with James Gilchrist, tenor

Saturday 10 February 2018

(To be confirmed)

Thursday 1 March 2018

Kinsky Trio Prague

Saturday 14 April 2018

Tamsin Waley-Cohen
& Hugo Ticciati, violins