January is often rather a quiet month for the arts, so the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival is there to cheer us all up! This year's runs from 9 until 17 January, and this year celebrates close personal and musical relationships, from the Schumann and Mendelssohn families through that of Fauré and his pupil Ravel to the pioneering folk collections of Bartok and Kodaly. Directed by co-founder Daniel Tong with fellow pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips, the Ruisi Quartet are in residence this year.
Jill Davies has spent most of her life immersed in music, from sitting under the piano while her mum gave lessons to taking up the ukulele a couple of years ago. She's an agent (mainly for singers) by day, has a personal record of going to 12 concerts in 3 days, and can't decide whether it's more fun to sing Elgar partsongs or play Gibbons viol consorts.