February 2014 saw the launch of the first York Chamber Music Festival of which Tim is the Artistic Director. Steven Isserlis agreed to be patron of the festival and support for this exciting venture. A feature of the festival is its outreach work among the schools of York and a national competition for under-25s and under 18 chamber music groups. Recitalists involved in the first festival included Tim and violinist Jennifer Pike (BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2002), pianists Martin Roscoe and James Baillieu, and the viola player Matthew Jones.

Details of the 2016 festival have just been announced and include a series of concerts in York between 23 – 25 September 2016.The Festival Artists this year are Ben Baker and Charlotte Scott (violins), Sarah-Jane Bradley and Jon Thorne (violas), Adrian Brendel and Tim Lowe (cellos) and Charles own (piano). This stellar cast will perform among other items Elgar’s ‘Serenade for Strings’, the Mendelsohn Octet, Frank Piano Quintet and Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence. There will be individual recitals by some of the players and a duo recital with Adrian Brendel and Tim.

See www.yorkchambermusicfestival.co.uk for details and ticketing. An exciting new venture that is now in its third year and is bringing to York some of the finest chamber musicians in the country. See the festival website www.yorkchambermusicfestival.co.uk for details and booking for the 2016 festival 23 – 25 September.’