Paxos Music Festival


Paxos Festival Trust, Paxos Cultural Association and the Municipality of Paxos welcome you to the 2014 Paxos Festival, our 28th summer music gala on this magical island.

Alice Turner and Michael Brownlee Walker, our new artistic directors, have programmed an adventurous series of concerts, bringing together musicians from the United Kingdom and Greece.

Players from the Hallé Orchestra in the UK and the Athens State Orchestra join the Ergon Ensemble (one of Greece’s most prominent contemporary music ensembles), our two director-pianists and the brilliant young mezzo-soprano Rebecca Afonwy-Jones (fresh from the main stage at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden) to present a wonderful week of performances.

Dimitra Trypani returns to the island to lead an enlarged workshop for the young people of the island, featuring music specially composed for the course, in partnership with choir conductor Anelia Stefanova and a team of specialized music educators. Another workshop, focusing on traditional Greek music and instruments, will be run by Martha Mavroidi.

We’re also excited to present famous musicians and song writers Frank Musker and Yiannis Spathas, who will lead a song-writing workshop. Performances of the material from the workshops will feature in the festival programme.

The festival opens with performances by the percussion ensemble of the Corfu Philharmonic Society (“the Old”) in the squares of Gaios and Lakka.

We hope you enjoy this wonderful, diverse programme.


 Friday 29th August

Open air Concert – free entry

Percussion ensemble of the Philharmonic Society of Corfu (“The Old”)

45’ outdoor performances in Gaios main square (7.30pm)

in Lakka main square (9pm)

 Saturday 30th August

The Athens String Quartet consisting of members of the Athens State Orchestra presents:

Dvorak String Quartet No. 12 in F major “American”, opus 96

Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D minor “Death and the Maiden”, D810

Venue: Paxos Welfare Foundation (K.I.P.), Gaios

Sunday 31st August

Workshops Concert

1st part: Children’s concert: “Once Upon a time on Paxos” Led by Dimitra Trypani and Anelia Stefanova
Accompanied by the Athens String Quartet and visiting musicians from the UK Presenting local folk tales in original music and songs

2nd part: “From Beethoven to Led Zeppelin” a Youth concert led by Giannis Spathas and Frank Musker. Well known rock, jazz, soul, Greek songs and original scores created especially performed by young local musicians

Venue: Vlachopoulatika School center

Monday 1st September

Meet the Performers (free entry)

An opportunity to meet and hear the festival musicians in relaxed surroundings

Venue: The Old Schoolhouse, Loggos

Tuesday 2nd September

Mendelssohn’s Octet and other chamber music

Athens String Quartet collaborates with George Panayotidis, Ali Başeğmezler, – first violin and viola of the Armonia Atenea – The Friends of Music Orchestra –
and visiting musicians from the UK to perform:

Beethoven: Variations for piano trio in E flat, opus 44, Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben, opus 42, Mendelssohn: Octet for strings in E flat major, opus 20

Venue: The Old Schoolhouse, Loggos

Wednesday 3rd September

Works for string quartet by Ginastera, Glass, Dusapin and Webern

Ergon Ensemble, one of Greece’s leading contemporary music ensembles; working in close collaboration with Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt, world-leading ensemble of new music, founded in 2008 perform:

Webern: Five pieces for string quartet, opus 5, Dusapin: String Quartet No. 3

Glass: String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima”, Ginastera: String Quartet No. 2, opus 26

Venue: Paxos Welfare Foundation (KIP), Gaios

Thursday 4th September

Beethoven to Grainger: Folk Melodies from around the world
Rebecca Afonwy-Jones (mezzo-soprano) –Associate Artist in the  Welsh National OperaIan Watson (violin) ‘Principal First Violin’ of the Halle OrchestraClare Rowe (cello) member of the cello section of the Hallé Orchestra,  Alice Turner (piano) song accompanist, vocal coach and repetiteur, specialising in art song and German, Italian and French language training, Michael Brownlee Walker (piano) soloist, accompanist and repetiteur  with many appearances on tv and radio in the UK and all over the world get together on the stage of Paxos Music Festival to perform:

Brahms: Zigeuner Lieder, opus 103 (excerpts), Dvorak: Dumky for piano trio, opus 90 (Piano Trio No. 4), Beethoven: Three Welsh folksong arrangements for voice and piano trio, WoO155, Van Wyk: Three Improvisations on Dutch Folksongs (piano duet), Britten: Folksong arrangements: O Waly Waly; The Last Rose of Summer, Vaughan Williams: Linden Lea, Grainger: The Sprig of Thyme – Let’s dance gay in green meadows; Country Gardens (piano duet) – My Robin is to the Greenwood Gone; Shepherd’s Hey (piano trio)

Venue: The Old Schoolhouse, Loggos

Friday 5th September

Greek traditional music 

Martha Mavroidi (voice/lafta/saz) a singer and lutenist from Greece performs music from Greece and the Balkans with Stratis Psaradellis (lyra) specializing in the lyra of Istanbul and Dimitra Trypani (traditional percussion). Also participating workshop participants

Venue: Lakka old school

Saturday 6th September

A Night at the Opera

Rebecca Afonwy-Jones (mezzo-soprano), Ian Watson (violin), Clare Rowe (cello), Alice Turner (piano), Michael Brownlee Walker (piano) perform:

Liszt: Tscherkessenmarsch (Glinka) (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Beethoven: Variations on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’ (Die Zauberflöte), WoO46, Tema: Andante
Var. I – IV: Andante, Var. V: Si prenda il tempo un poco più vivace, Var. VI: Adagio
Var. VII: Allegro ma non troppo, Mozart: Voi, che sapete (Le nozze di Figaro); Parto, parto (La clemenza di Tito), Gluck/Kreisler: Melodie (Orphée et Euridice)

de Falla: Primera Danza Española (La Vida Breve)


Dvorak/Howard: Song to the Moon (Rusalka), Gounod: Faites-lui mes aveux (Faust), Offenbach: C’est l’amour vainqueur (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Bizet: Près des remparts de Séville [Séguidilla] (Carmen), Massenet: Méditation (Thaïs), Fauré & Messager: Souvenirs de Bayreuth, Rossini: Una voce poco fa (Il Barbiere di Siviglia)

Venue: The Old Schoolhouse, Loggos

Participating Musicians

Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, mezzo soprano

Ian Watson, (violin)  

Clare Rowe, (cello)  

Alice Turner,(piano)

Michael Brownlee Walker, piano

Athens String Quartet: Panagiotis Tziotis (violin), Isidoros Sideris (cello), Giorgos Mandilas  (violin), Paris Anastasiadis (viola)

Ergon Ensemble: Giorgos Panagiotidis (violin), Kostas Panagiotidis (violin), Dimitris Travlos (cello), Aly Basegmetzler (viola).  

Dimitra Trypani (traditional percussion)

Martha Mavroidy(voice, saz, lafta)

Stratis Psaradelis (Istanbul Lyra)

Petros Andriotis (violin)

Percussion Ensemble of the “Old” Philharmonic Society of Corfu. Director: Spyros Prosoparis

Ioanna Bogdanou (voice)  

Children’s choir of the Cultural Association of Paxos. Director: Anelia Stefanova

 Starting concert time: 8.30pm (except on the 29th of August)

Ticket price:  15 euro (free concerts on the 29th of August and 1st September. 31st September concert ticket price: 10 euro).

For further information and for workshops applications please visit: or contact: Faye Lychnou (6944633123, )

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