Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival is celebrating its 20th year throughout 2019. Beginning with the Winter Festival which takes place from Saturday, February 16 to Sunday, February 24.

This extraordinary musical event continues to bring international chamber musicians to the Wye Valley and the upcoming festival has been inspired by a very special instrument.

The home of the festival is the Grade-1 listed Treowen Manor, just a few miles outside Monmouth, where audiences will have the chance to enjoy concerts in its Long Drawing Room, due to the restoration of Treowen’s Broadwood piano.

The piano was originally in the Rolls Hall, now Monmouth library, which was gifted to the town by Lady Llangattock to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1888. The Broadwood dates from 1885 and the concert programmes feature works from this period.

Daniel Tong explains how an antique piano came to inspire this year’s programme:

“When we first arrived at Treowen, one of the first things we noticed was the handsome piano. It usually remained locked, but we were forced to request the key when heavy snow cut off our supply of hired pianos, and it did us proud when we needed it most.

As the festival's 20th birthday approached, WVCM joined forces with the piano's owners, the Wheelock family, to have the instrument restored. Its debut in rebuilt form was at Daniel’s wedding at the end of August. Now the piano and its story are the defining feature of the 2019 programme.

Musicians performing in this year's festival include Daniel Tong and Simon Crawford-Philips, Malin Broman, Joseph Tong, Sara Trickey, Matthew Truscott, Ben Hancox, David Adams, Alice Neary, Richard Lester, Kate Gould and Tom Dunn.

The opening concert in St Briavels takes place on Saturday, February 16 followed by the Bishop’s Palace in Hereford on Sunday, February 17. The first of the Treowen concerts takes place on the evening of Thursday, February 21, with the Discovery Day following on Saturday, February 23. The final concert will take place at the Bridges Centre in Monmouth on Sunday, February 24.

For full details and to book, visit wyevalleyfestival.com or contact info@wyevalleyfestival.com