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!
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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.
West Cork Chamber Music Festival takes place from 27 June to 5 July in historic Bantry House and St Brendan's Church in Bantry in beautiful West Cork, Ireland. The 2014 line-up includes the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, Alina Ibragimova, Carolin Widmann, Nurit Stark, Zemlinsky Quartet, Philippe Cassard, Alban Gerhardt, Doric Quartet, Cedric Pescia, Irish Chamber Orchestra, José Gallardo, Gregana Gergova, Maria Keohane, Lawrence Power, Andreas Brantelid, Danish Quartet, Concerto Copenhagen and Lise Berthaud, Concerts from morning to late night alongside violin making exhibition, composition competition, morning talks and young musician masterclasses.
Tel: +353 (0) 27 52788
23rd May – 1st June 2014
St Davids Cathedral Festival is an annual celebration of music set in Pembrokeshire’s Cathedral. This year, we will be launched to a spectacular start by the charismatic Alexander L’Estrange conducting his new cantata Ahoy!. We return to our baroque roots with a wonderful concert by the John S Davies Singers including music from by Vivaldi, Handel and Bach, and are thrilled to be joined by Mid Wales Opera and Brecon Baroque who will perform Handel’s Acis & Galatea – the first time an opera has been performed in the Cathedral. Other highlights include the St Davids Cathedral Choir, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, L’Estranges in the Night and the Festival Chorus performing Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Mozart’s Requiem.
Tel: 07970 206153
'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
The Sixteen, Pierre Hantaï, The Hilliard Ensemble, Laurence Cummings, Rachel Podger, La Risonanza ... The 2014 Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music presents superb artists and repertoire over eight momentous days. From Handel's resplendent coronation anthems and oratorio Joshua to Bach's brilliant harpsichord concertos and the profound expressions of Schütz and Purcell. With tickets from just £10 and some great multiple concert offers, book before the best seats go! Tickets for all events, including Festival tours and concerts at Westminster Abbey and St Peter's Eaton Square, must be booked through the Box Office at St John's Smith Square. 27 January 2014: Priority booking opens for Friends of the Lufthansa Festival and Friends of St John's Smith Square 3 February 2014: General booking opens
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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
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
As Bangor New Music Festival looks forward to its fourteenth contemporary music festival, we mark the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth through a series of concerts, lectures and workshops from 12th – 15th March 2014.
Highlights this year include violinist Madeleine Mitchell, Asaf Sirkis and his jazz quartet, acousmatic composer Natasha Barrett, an open air concert by Bangor New Music Ensemble, guest composer Robert Saxton, Orchestra of the Swan on Friday 14th, and the INTER/actions conference.
Contemporary musicians of all ages find inspiration, promotion and most of all, support through the festival and we have successfully hosted festivals since 2000.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bangor-New-Music-Festival-BNMF/183127528445651 Twitter: @bnmfestival
Tel: (01248) 382181
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
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