This year’s East Neuk Festival in Fife, founded in 2004, has announced ticketed indoor concerts to take place for socially-distanced audiences in Bowhouse – an large converted barn near the village of St Monans , as well as outdoor events and online performances.
Opening the programme in their festival debuts are two young, award-winning musicians: the Russian pianist Samson Tsoy playing György Kurtág and Franz Schubert, and the Scottish jazz pianist Fergus McCreadie and his trio. Also performing at the festival for the first time is the internationally-acclaimed pianist Paul Lewis with sonatas by Wolfgang Mozart and Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn’s Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Alexander Scriabin’s Five Preludes Op. 74 and Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Some concerts will all be recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3. They are violinist Benjamin Baker and guitarist Sean Shibe, both festival regulars, duetting for the first time with a repertoire they developed in ENF Retreat residences in 2020 and later to be joined by pianist Daniel Lebhardt for a concert dominated by the music of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, and the Castalian String Quartet with selections by Ludwig van Beethoven, Anton Dvorák’s and both Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn. ENF will also debut filmed performances online for domestic and international audiences.
Other highlights include a brand new Band in a Van programme in which ENF’s customised van, complete with stage and musicians, which will stop off at fishing villages and rural locations throughout the East Neuk with live performances of classical, roots, jazz and traditional music, and the installation of an immense labyrinth inspired by the contours of the Fife Coastal Path cut into the grass of the wildflower meadow at Kellie Castle in Pittenweem.