Festival Guide 2014
If you're looking for outstanding musical entertainment from all over the country, you've come to the right place.
The BBC Music Magazine Festivals Guide 2014 contains a wide range of classical music festivals to suit all tastes. Use the tabs below to find the perfect summer festival for you this year, whether you're in the UK, Europe or anywhere else in the world!
Simply click on the map locations to find out more about the year's most exciting festivals near you!
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Outstanding concerts of baroque, renaissance and medieval music in gorgeous Cambridge chapels, churches and theatres. We have 23 concerts in 2014 including performances by The Hilliard Ensemble, The Parley of Instruments, Singer Pur, amarcord, Jakob Lindberg, Fretwork, The Intrepid Academy, La Serenissima, Philomel, Elin Manahan Thomas, Repicco, David Miller, Lynda Sayce, Emma Murphy, Stile Antico. Don¹t miss our Festival of the Voice (204 May), in which we honour The Hilliard Ensemble in their farewell, celebratory fortieth year. The Hilliards also give their last-ever performance of Officium with Jan Garbarek, on 6 December 2014, in King¹s College Chapel.
Tel: 01223 847330
25th June to 6th July
Box office tel: 07971 041076 or online www.harwichfestival.co.uk
Classical, contemporary including new works, folk, jazz, art, youth day, poetry.
An energetic North Sea port forms the backdrop for the burgeoning Harwich Festival of the Arts, under the directorship of composer Diana Burrell. 111 cyclists open the festival with Mauricio Kagel’s ‘Eine Brise’, speeding along the quay and narrow streets, setting them to music with bells and whistles. The Harwich 'Art Quarter' features unpredictable spaces as galleries. Enjoy evening, lunchtime and afternoon concerts. Performers include the Callino String Quartet, Ramsay Parker, Essex Symphony Orchestra, Yantra, Opus Anglicanum; Opera à la Carte brings us Madama Butterfly. The Festival ends with the stunning Carmina Burana set in an illuminated St Nicholas church.
Tel: 07971 041076
Dates: June 28th - July 20th, 2014
Now in its sixth season, the Castleton Festival was founded by world-renowned artists, Maestro Lorin Maazel and Dietlinde Turban Maazel. It takes place in state-of-the-art performance venues set in the rolling meadows of Castleton Farms in scenic Rappahannock County, VA, from June 28-July 20, 2014. This season’s program will showcase Castleton’s rising stars working alongside world renowned artists such as Sir James Galway and Denyce Graves in a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Keita Asari’s production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, including three symphonic concerts, Don Juan in Hell, chamber music, bluegrass, fireworks, and more.
Tel: +001 202-721-0020
Located in one of the most beautiful cities of North America and in a district listed as a Unesco World Heritage, the Festival d'opera de Québec is the greatest international opera festival across Canada. It has already established itself among the major opera circuits in the world with tremendous and innovative productions as well as worldwide collaborations including the Metropolitan Opera, the Wiener Staatsoper and Robert Lepage's Ex Machina. Every year, the Festival demonstrates its desire to celebrate every possible expression of opera for all types of audiences by presenting both more traditional and not so traditional activities.
21 – 26 August 2014
Taking place in a delightfully intimate town on the Wales/Herefordshire border, the Presteigne Festival has become a mecca for those seeking artistic nourishment and musical discovery in the idyllic surroundings of the Welsh Marches. With a truly forward looking commissioning policy, the organisation works closely with composers and artists to create and curate inspiring programmes and events for an ever-widening Festival community. Started in 1983, the Presteigne Festival is one of the major commissioners of new music in the UK and is well known for its fresh and innovative programme mix.
Tel: + 44 (0)1544 267800
The architectural splendours of Cambridge form the backdrop to the 35th Cambridge Summer Music Festival. From Bach’s St John Passion in the gothic glory of King’s College Chapel, to exquisite chamber music in the Fitzwilliam Museum’s elegant main gallery, to infectious jazz rhythms in the famous University Botanic Garden ... top-quality music in an eclectic but exceptional programme.
World-class performers include Sir Roger Norrington, pianist Joanna MacGregor playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations, oboist Nicholas Daniel bringing his Haffner Wind Octet, the Aronowitz Ensemble, Aurora Orchestra, 4 Girls, 4 Harps, plus solo recitals by baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Maria Marchant movingly explore themes arising from conflict and war – a major theme in this year’s Festival’s, marking the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.
Tel: 01223 894161
Taking place in one of the most beautiful corners of West Wales, we bring you some of the finest musical talent from Wales, the UK and internationally.
This year we welcome pianist Peter Donohoe CBE and harpist Gillian Green as our new Artistic Directors. Together they have created a 12-day celebration of classical music that includes visiting orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera and solo artists. Highlights include:
•Orchestral concerts from BBC National Orchestra of Wales, members of Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Sinfonia Cymru and National Youth Orchestra of Wales
•Chamber music from Peter Donohoe, Alissa Margulis, Per Nystrom , Maggini Quartet and La Mer Trio
•Choral music from the John S Davies Singers
In 2014, the 69th-annual Prague Spring International Music Festival, the oldest Czech music festival, is presenting fifty-one concerts at seventeen concert venues in Prague and is welcoming nearly 130 orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists. The festival is welcoming guest stars including Lang Lang, Daniil Trifonov, Julia Fischer, Andreas Scholl, Violeta Urmana, Gidon Kremer, Hilary Hahn, the Vienna Philharmonic & Christoph Eschenbach, the Czech Philharmonic & Jiří Bělohlávek, Les Arts Florissants, the Pavel Haas Quartet, and many others. On the last weekend in May, eleven chamber music concerts will take place at attractive Prague venues, many of which are not otherwise open to the public.
Tel: +420 257 314 040
12th - 28th September 2014
Starting with a fully-staged La Traviata and ending with The English Concert orchestra one of the best smaller Festivals in the UK, in the delightful medieval Cinque Port, offers a packed fortnight with a series of concerts featuring the quartet in residence Piatti Quartet with guest musicians creating a quintet and sextet in separate concerts. Young and upcoming musicians are featured in the Ryesing Stars concerts, the singing talents of Voces8 are highlighted and Nikolai Demidenko maes a welcome and much anticipated return to Rye.
Tel: 01797 224442
The festival will be held in the following rural Suffolk locations: Southwold, Blythburgh,
Aldeburgh and Orford.
The main focus of the festival is devoted to celebrating the musical legacy of the British composer William Alwyn (1905-1985).
Artists appearing this year include the following: The Blythburgh Singers conducted by Ellis Bell, Nathan Williamson (piano), Fenella Humphreys (violin), the Tippett Quartet, John Turner (recorder), Ilona Domnich (soprano), Simon Wallfisch (baritone), Nigel Foster (piano), Eleanor Bron (speaker), Jonathan Rutherford (piano), Philippa Davies (flute), and the Prometheus Orchestra under the direction of Edmond Fivet (CBE).
Alwyn will be represented by instrumental, chamber and orchestral works, which highlight the wide diversity of his craft. Alongside these works will be music from the standard repertoire. Also, given that Alwyn was a highly respected film composer of some two hundred scores there will be a screening of one of his classic films.
For further details please contact Festival Director, Elis Pehkonen.
11th – 27th July 2014
It promises to be an inspiring summer at the Ryedale Festival, with its many superb venues. The opening weekend features Monteverdi’s magnificent Vespers and his opera The Coronation of Poppea at Ampleforth, introducing an Italian theme. The Endellion Quartet are in residence; other highlights include Howard Shelley, Orchestra of Opera North, Royal Northern Sinfonia, a Richard Rodgers Day, Kathryn Tickell, Carol Ann Duffy, Strauss’s Four Last Songs, a new production of Alice in Wonderland, Nicholas Daniel, Julian Bliss, a Triple Concert at Castle Howard and Double Concert at Sledmere, four World Premieres and the festival’s much-loved series of Coffee Concerts.
Full details are in our free Brochure from email@example.com
Tel: 01751 475777
19th - 27th September 2014
Set in the atmospheric Hexham Abbey, 9 days of inspiring lunchtime and evening concerts featuring both local and international musicians. The Festival opens with world renowned pianist, Nikolai Demidenko with an unmissable programme including Chopin, Liszt and Glinka. The week continues with Hexham Abbey Festival Chorus singing major works remembering those of World War 1 including Mozart Requiem and Vespers, a violin recital from child prodigy Leia Zhu, who, at seven years old is the Festival’s youngest soloist yet, Hexham Abbey Choir and Clare McCaldin leading a lecture recital titled Haydn’s London Ladies. The Festival closes with a welcome return of VOCES8 singing by candlelight and they will also give a pre-concert talk.
Tel: 0808 126 1257
CHIPPING CAMPDEN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL Artists include - Angela Hewitt, Tallis Scholars, Nash Ensemble, AAM, Imogen Cooper, Christopher Maltman, Fine Arts Quartet, Steven Isserlis
Every May Chipping Campden welcomes visitors to what is widely recognised as one of the UK¹s leading festivals. Audience members travel from Europe, America and Australia, as well as from all over the UK. The venue has become a favourite with many of the world¹s finest musicians who all look forward to returning to the most beautiful of all the Cotswold towns. With the RSC just down the road, and the wonderful gardens of Hidcote and Kiftsgate nearby, it is the perfect setting for a long weekend or a fortnight¹s holiday. A range of fine accommodation is available, from luxury hotels, to smart B&Bs and traditional Cotswold pubs.
Tel: 01386 849018
June 27 - August 31, 2014
Tanglewood, the famed summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the idyllic Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, is widely known as one of the world's most beloved music festivals. The 2014 season, June 27-August 31, welcomes Andris Nelsons for his first performances as Music Director Designate, and is filled with a spectacular lineup of musical guests including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, popular artists, a wine and food festival, lectures, and much more. Purchase tickets now at 617-266-1200 and
July 11-August 24, 2014
The Glimmerglass Festival is a one-of-a-kind summer destination for opera lovers and first-timers alike. See opera’s brightest stars in an intimate, acoustically perfect theater on the shore of scenic Otsego Lake. Our exciting 2014 lineup spans 100 years of opera and musical theater for a fascinating study of musical arts in the modern era. Productions include Puccini’s 1904 hit Madame Butterfly, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel (1945), Strauss’ Ariadne in Naxos (1916) and Tobias Picker’s 2005 contemporary masterpiece, An American Tragedy. Special concerts, performances, discussions and meals with artists provide opportunities to go deeper into the music.
Tel: (607) 547-2255
22 June – 17 July 2013
For three weeks each summer the City of London Festival brings the monumental architecture, outdoor spaces, and ancient streets of the Square Mile to life with a dazzling array of music, dance, visual art and street performance. This year, the list of leading luminaries from the classical world includes Inon Bartanan, Daniel Harding, Voces8 and Nicola Benedetti. Two special concerts from the eminent Nash Ensemble (7th & 8th July) will celebrate their 50th anniversary year. The Festival will also celebrate Britain’s cultural connection with South Korea with a series of events entitled “Seoul in the City”, featuring concerts from Sunwook Kim and Myung-Whun Chung, among others. The programme will enliven the remarkable places and spaces in the City with music, debates, events and performances, from the magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral, which will host two orchestral concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra (3rd & 15th July), to the beautiful livery halls and public squares. Even the City’s famous skyline will feature in the Festival’s “Jazz with a View” series, which offers great music and unrivalled vistas.
“Super fresh, with events as diverse as the capital itself” – Sunday Times
'Bringing Schubert's Vienna to Oxford'. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in the music, life, and times of this great composer. Schubert's complete songs - a UK first - performed over three weeks in historic Oxford venues, with artists including Thomas Allen, Ian Bostridge, Sarah Connolly, Angelika Kirchschlager and many more. Explore Schubert at study days and masterclasses; enjoy drinking songs in local pubs; take a Schubert audio guide and sample Sachertorte in the Ashmolean Museum; and taste some Austrian wines at our Schubertiade. A Viennese cultural feast in the heart of Oxford!
Dates: 10 October - 1 November
Tel: 01865 600 540
Internationally acclaimed soloists will perform at the English Haydn Festival, including the celebrated harpist David Watkins, forte-pianist Yoko Kaneko, oboe soloist Anthony Robson, violin virtuoso Simon Standage and talented Russian cellist Pavel Serbin, performing a newly discovered concerto by Stamitz. The theme is “Haydn’s England and The
Golden Years” with performances of his symphonies, and music by Mozart, Krumpholtz and Gyrowetz, including a piano concertos by Beethoven, enhanced by the orchestra performing on period instruments, conducted by the distinguished director Anthony Halstead. Chamber concerts feature the Chiaroscuro Quartet, the Salomon Quartet, the English Haydn Ensemble, and the Barbican Piano Trio. Ending with Haydn’s masterpiece “Mass in Time of War”.
Dates: 3rd to 8th June 2014
Saturday 26 April 7-30pm
St Andrews, Farnham
Southbank Sinfonia Baroque and Vox Musica
"Bach, Biber and Buxtehude"
All concerts will be held at All Saints Church, Tilford Church
Friday 6 June 2014 8-00 pm
"The Angel and the Devil" - Virtuoso Concertos by Jean-Marie Leclair and Pietro Locatelli
Elizabeth Wallfisch & Adrian Butterfield violins
London Handel Players
Saturday 7 June 2014 8-00 pm
A celebration of father and son, JS and CPE Bach
Rachel Brown flute, Elizabeth Cragg Soprano, London Handel Players
Sunday 8 June 2014 7-00 pm
JS Bach B Minor Mass Kyrie & Gloria & Cantata 172
Dame Emma Kirkby, Elizabeth Cragg, Daniel Taylor, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook
London Handel Orchestra directed by Adrian Butterfield
Now in its 14th year, the Stanley Hall Opera Festival is built around a single opera production, created each year to showcase exceptional young singers alongside experienced professionals. Stanley Hall Opera is a registered charity and operates without commercial sponsorship, through ticket sales and the generous support of our Patrons, Sponsors and Friends. Our 2014 production of Verdi¹s La Traviata is designed and directed by Richard Studer and conducted by Jonathan Lyness.
Tel: 01787 222619
The festival has been given a complete overhaul: lasting 17 days, it will feature 40 events, ranging from classical to jazz, tango to crossover, and including work by contemporary composers. Over 60 international musicians will be performing in the Giovanni Arvedi Auditorium. With 16 concerts, this festival, entirely dedicated to bowed and plucked string instruments, is unique in the world. It will bring tradition and innovation together in Cremona, the world capital of traditional violin craftsmanship, named an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The festival’s stars include Pavel Vernikov, Viktoria Mullova, Richard Galliano, Regina Carter, Natalia Gutman, Sonig Tchakerian, Salvatore Accardo, Avi Avital, Luigi Attademo, the Quartetto di Cremona, the Stradivari Quartett, the Quartetto Matamoe, the Duo Leonore and many more. In addition to concerts, the STRADIVARIfestival also offers a rich programme of talks, international workshops and exhibitions, where visitors can meet the musicians, get to know the string instruments and learn about the master violin makers who constructed them.
Tel: + 39 0372 801801
Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival presents an exciting array of music events as part of its 16-day multi-arts festival. From 23 May to 7 June 2014, this year’s programme includes the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons in Salisbury Cathedral, In Memoriam Sir John Tavener with the South Iceland Chamber Choir, The Hilliard Ensemble and saxophonist Jan Garbarek, cellist Philip Higham, Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, singers Claire Teal and Madeleine Peyroux plus world music from Taraf de Haidouks. For the full festival programme and to book tickets visit salisburyfestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 9651.
22nd May – 1 June 2014
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko, Miloš Karadaglić, Royal Northern Sinfonia, The Sixteen, The Magic Flute – English Touring Opera, Mnozil Brass, Primavera Chamber Ensemble, Romantic Life of Frederic Chopin - Lucy Parham, Dame Harriet Walter & Henry Goodman, Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Marc Almond, Melanie C, Reduced Shakespeare Company, Dougie Maclean, Entertaining Mr Sloane, Confessions of Gordon Brown and more to be announced...
Box Office opens on 31st March 01738 621031.
Tel: 01738 621031
James MacMillan Composer-in-Residence
Gould Piano Trio (Lucy Gould, Alice Neary, Benjamin Frith)
Robert Plane clarinet, Marianne Thorsen violin, Rachel Roberts viola and Ilona Domnich soprano.
Macmillan’s new Piano Trio, commissioned by the Gould, is a highlight of this year’s festival. The programme also includes classics by Brahms, Mozart (the Clarinet Quintet) and Schumann, Schubert’s Shepherd on the rock, an Italian Song Serenade and Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine at the late night candle-lit concert. The theme of Saturday’s workshop and Family Concert is ‘Time Travel’, and at the Festival Service strings accompany Schubert’s Mass in G and the choir sings Macmillan’s Christus Vincit. This all takes place in the glorious setting of St. Andrew’s Church, Corbridge, Northumberland, the heart of Hadrian’s Wall country.
Tickets from Queen’s Hall Arts, Hexham
Tel: 01434 652477
La Foce, Val d’Orcia, Tuscany 19 – 27 July 2014 Based in the magical setting of La Foce and the Val d'Orcia, the Tuscany-based chamber music festival returns for its 26th edition with an eclectic programme that celebrates youth in music – especially the influence of master performers on their young protégés. Artistic Director Antonio Lysy brings together rising stars alongside world-class musicians including violinist Maxim Vengerov, pianist Saleem Aboud Ashkar, Borromeo String Quartet, early music ensemble Soqquadro Italiano, and many more. Pre-concert events include wine and olive-oil tastings, lectures and dinners.
Tel: +39 0578 63316
The 42nd Istanbul Music Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and sponsored by Borusan Holding, centres on the theme “The Song of Nature”. The 42nd Istanbul Music Festival will host nearly 800 local and foreign musicians in a total of 26 concerts of orchestral, chamber music, solo, and vocal performances. Such international stars as Steven Isserlis, Isabelle van Keulen, Nelson Freire, Pepe Remero, Krzysztof Penderecki, Xavier de Maistre, and Yuja Wang will be performing with some of world’s leading ensembles like Sinfonia Varsovia and Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.
Peter Nardone makes his debut as Artistic Director of the Three Choirs Festival Worcester with a programme that reflects the World War I centenary commemoration and some of its local associations, while celebrating the festival’s much-loved traditions and marking Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. Highlights include the world premiere of Torsten Rasch’s A Foreign Field, a choral co-commission with Städische Theater Chemnitz and part of 14-18 Now, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions; concerts by the King’s Singers, Rodolfus Choir, Tenebrae and Opus Anglicanum; chamber music in beautiful Worcestershire churches; and performances of great choral works including Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ symphony and Elgar’s The Apostles.
Tel: 0845 652 1823
Now in our 4th year, The Cottier Chamber Project forms a key part of the programme for Glasgow's West End Festival. Featuring the best in Scottish-based ensembles, the festival has an evening series of hour-long performances in the atmospheric Cottier¹s Theatre, and a free lunchtime series of Bach solo string works at the Hunterian Art Gallery. With a thread of Identity running throughout, we begin exploring Shostakovich¹s string quartets, collaborate with contemporary dancers and actors, programme chamber music classics alongside neglected gems and celebrate the astonishing variety of music that comes under the banner of Œthe music of friends¹.
Tel: 0141 341 0844
If you want a slightly different musical weekend then the small town of New Ross, which lies between Rosslare and Waterford, which is the host to one of the jewels of the music festival scene in Ireland, is the place to go.
The whole weekend is a concentrated piano-fest. It includes international pianists - not just one but three will share the three main concerts. This is particularly attractive for audiences - three for the price of one! There are also solo recitals with other international pianists, late night concerts, pianos in supermarkets for you to play, public masterclass and sessions with school children.
This year the pianists include Melvyn Tan, who has made the forte piano more accessible, though he will be playing the Steinway D in New Ross. Lise de la Salle, of whom Gramophone said “…Lise de la Salle is a talent in a million…” , is making her Irish debut at the festival. Other pianists include Finghin Collins, the young Irish pianist who won the Clara Haskill competition some years ago. He has played twice at the Proms and also in Wigmore Hall, as well as other UK venues. Beatrice Berrut, the Swiss Steinway artist who plays regularly in the States and in Europe, will be giving one of the solo recitals. As always, there is a chamber music element and this year sees the first appearance of a wind ensemble, the Cassiopeia Quintet.
Further information about the programme and booking will be regularly updated on our website, www.newrosspianofestival.com.
Connie Tantrum 00353 51 421766; firstname.lastname@example.org John Kissane 00353 51 425845; email@example.com
18 October – 1 November 2014
The 31st Canterbury Festival continues to deliver an exciting and diverse programme of arts events throughout the city, including performances in Canterbury Cathedral and the Marlowe Theatre. The Festival comprises over 200 events across two weeks including world music, theatre, dance, literature, comedy and visual arts.
The full programme will be announced in July but highlights for 2014 include Mendelssohn’s Elijah featuring Willard White and Rachmaninov Vespers performed by the Armonico Consort. The programme also features a concert with pianist Freddy Kempf and a performance from the outstanding Voces8 in Canterbury Cathedral.
Box Office: 01227 787787 / Festival Office: 01227 452853
Thursday 13 - Saturday 15 November 2014
Set in the stunning surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College - The world’s largest & most prestigious Early Music Fair takes place alongside concerts, masterclasses and makers’ demonstration recitals.
Emma Murphy with Ibi Aziz, Steven Devine and David Gould,
Trinity Laban Soloists and Baroque Orchestra with Adrian Butterfield, Director/Baroque Violin.
Masterclasses: with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Pamela Thorby.
Exhibition: Transforming the magnificent Painted Hall and Queen Mary Undercroft into a vibrant market place, attracting over 100 instrument makers from around the globe.
Visit www.earlymusicfestival.com to download the festival flyer.
Tel: 01274 288100 or 0207 632 3960
August 1-10, 2014
At America’s longest running festival dedicated to new music for orchestra, Music Director and Maestra Marin Alsop will be joined by 13 international composers, renowned guest artists, and a famously adventurous audience for two weeks of music-making in Santa Cruz, California. Abundant with World, U.S., and West Coast premieres, the program includes works by composers John Adams, Clarice Assad, Michael Daugherty, Brett Dean, Detlev Glanert, Jennifer Higdon, Andrew Norman, and Mark-Anthony Turnage, and features guest artists Béla Fleck, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Tim McAllister, and Time for Three. The Festival’s immersive experience offers open rehearsals, talks and activities.
Tel: 831 426 6966