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International Musicians Seminar

Autumn Tour

Open Chamber Music Tour

Every year, following Open Chamber Music, a group of musicians specially invited by IMS's Artistic Director Steven Isserlis, take part in a national tour, bringing the work done at IMS to a wider audience. The musicians taking part each year have either had a long association with IMS Prussia Cove, or have come through the Masterclasses more recently, bringing together an ensemble of young and more experienced musicians.

To celebrate 40 years of Open Chamber Music, we commissioned a new piece by Mark Anthony Turnage which was premiered on the 2017 tour. The piece was written for the same combination of instruments as Schubert's Trout Quintet, which was also performed in this year's tour, along with Mozart's G minor String Quintet. Mark AnthonyTurnage was in residence during Open Chamber Music to work with the musicians on the new piece during an intensive week of rehearsal, and the World Premiere took place at the opening tour concert in Truro on 1st October 2017. 

The 2018 tour will take place in the first week of October and details will be posted here as soon as they are confirmed! 

Tour 2017

Mark Anthony Turnage
Quintet for Piano and Strings “Prussian Blue
Commissioned by IMS Prussia Cove for the 40th Anniversary of Open Chamber Music

String Quintet in G minor K516


Piano Quintet in A major, D667 “Trout ”



Arvid Engegård, violin
Savitri Grier, violin
Benedikt Schneider, viola
Hannah Strijbos, viola
Mikayel Hakhnazaryan, cello
Laura van der Heijden, cello
Matthew McDonald, double bass
Tom Poster, piano

Sunday 1 October – St John's Church, Lemon Street, Truro 
Monday 2 October – Wells Cathedral School, Somerset
Tuesday 3 October – Arts at Stowe, Stowe School, Buckinghamshire
Wednesday 4 October – West Road Concert Hall
Thursday 5 October – Wigmore Hall, London