Fowey Valley Music Festival 2017

15 Sep 2017 to 16 Sep 2017
Catrin_Finch at Fowey 2017
Ben Goldscheider at fowey 2017
Church of St. Fimbarrus
Church of St. Fimbarrus
5 Church Ave
PL23 1BU
Classical Music comes to Fowey

The inaugural Fowey Valley Music festival in September 2015 filled the beautiful coastal town of Fowey in Cornwall with world-class classical music, complementing the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature held annually in May. Though a festival featuring musicians of international calibre was something new for the town, it has already become an eagerly awaited fixture on the annual calendar.
We can now reveal that the artists heading to Fowey for the third FVM festival on Friday September 15th and Saturday 16th 2017 are:
Catrin Finch, harp - former Royal Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, and Benjamin Goldscheider, horn - winner of the Brass Category Final in the 2016 BBC Young Musician, with Callum Smart violin and Richard Uttley piano.


Welsh harpist, Catrin Finch, now one of the most accomplished harpists of her generation, was inspired to learn the harp at the age of five. From 2000 to 2004, she was Royal Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales. The role of Official Harpist dates back a few centuries but was discontinued in 1873 during the reign of Queen Victoria. Charles, Prince of Wales restored the tradition in 2000 to foster and encourage musical talent in Wales. Catrin Finch was the first to hold the title, but she had to give up the position in 2005 when she passed the maximum age of 25. However, by that time she had risen far in the public eye. Her concert performances span the globe, she appears with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and she has recorded for most of the major international recording companies. Known for her work within the community and with the younger generation, Catrin is committed to promoting the harp and classical music in general to a wider audience, notably for students at her annual Academi Catrin Finch, her Academy Summer Harp School and an Annual Harp Fun Day.


Described as “a musical Bear Grylls, fearlessly leaping through dangerous terrain”, 19-year-old Ben Goldscheider has quickly emerged as one of the most exciting horn players of his generation. Winner of the Brass Category Final in the 2016 BBC Young Musician, a competition which has developed an enviable reputation for finding superstar musicians, Ben went on to reach the concerto finals at London’s Barbican, where he performed Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 2 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Mark Wigglesworth.


Keen to promote the horn as a solo instrument, last summer Ben recorded his debut CD with Willowhayne Records in a programme of music for unaccompanied French horn, coupled with pieces for French horn and piano. The album includes music from the 18th to the 21st centuries.

Ben was due to study at the Berlin Hochschule when he was approached by the Barenboim-Said Akademie (also in Berlin), a phenomenal new institution set up by Daniel Barenboim and the literary theorist and intellectual Edward Said, where he was chosen from applicants from all over the world to be his hero RadekBaborák’s one student. Ben was awarded a full tuition scholarship, weekly horn lessons with Baborák, piano lessons, conducting lessons, tutorship from Barenboim himself and playing opportunities with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Berlin State Opera. In December 2016 Ben performed a concert in Geneva with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim. In May 2017 he performed Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 at the Royal Albert Hall and from there he jetted off to Caracas to represent the UK in the European Soloists’ Festival.

With career guidance provided by the Young Classical Artists Trust, he has prestigious concert dates lined up well into 2018.   


In Fowey Ben will play masterpieces of the horn and piano repertoire with pianistRichard Uttley, who is noted for the integrity and breadth of his musicianship as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. Both will also perform with violinist Callum Smart, in 2016 named a BBC Music Magazine Rising Star: Great Artists of Tomorrow.  The trio may be fairly recent entrants on the music scene, but they have already been touted as three of its rising stars.   

The FVM festival would not be the FVM festival without the now well-establishedYoung Musicians’ Coffee Concert on Saturday morning September 16th, featuring the cream of young musical talent from the south west under the direction of concert pianist Dr Marlene Bowden.

Tickets available from Bookends in Fowey (in person only) or online at    

Information:; 01726 832274


Nearby Accommodation

Nearby Beaches