So which performance at the LMF will always remain memorable for me?

Having listened to numerous performances of Rachmaninov’s Sonata for Cello & Piano, BBC Young Musician 2012 Laura van der Heijden’s performance in 2013 festival was something truly special.

Laura brought a freshness of interpretation and beauty to the lyrical writing of this masterpiece, making the stage her own. Every phrase was beautifully crafted and there were moments of real tenderness in her sound bringing a tear to my eye.

Such amazing technical virtuosity is not rare in the best talented young players, but Laura’s innate sense of musicianship and maturity of expression was truly amazing and this performance brought to us by the Lower Machen Festival was distinctive in every way.

Can’t wait for Laura, for you to return to the festival.

You can find out more about Laura van der Heijden by visiting her website here.


Peter Esswood is one of the Artistic Directors of the Lower Machen Festival alongside his wife Alison Esswood.