Festival Guide 2015

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The BBC Music Magazine Festivals Guide 2015 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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ARCADIA MUSIC

1st - 4th of OCTOBER 2015

The sixth Arcadia Festival is in Leintwardine, Kingsland and Downton and this year has the theme Youth, Age and Love. Arcadia, this year extended to include film and poetry, is devised and directed by composer/pianist Eleanor Alberga and violinist Thomas Bowes and brings together what Christopher Morley of the Birmingham Post called a Œhand-picked bunch of world-class instrumentalists¹. Concerts in the historic 14th century Leintwardine church, its fellow Norman church in Kingsland, and in the delightful rural setting of Downton, will again bring superb musicianship and three compelling programmes to this ancient and beautiful part of Herefordshire. For more information on guest artists, our poet-in-residence Pele Cox and the poetry event 3:00 pm Saturday 3rd October at Aardvark Books, Brampton Bryan; the screening of ŒLate Quartet¹ 3:00 pm Friday 2nd October in Leintwardine and all other fringe events please go to: www.arcadiamusic.org.uk

Tickets: £15 each, two concerts for £25, three for £30 from Ludlow Assembly Rooms

The Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

July 1­August 15, 2015

Each summer in stunning Jackson Hole, the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) re-unites a celebrated orchestra of musicians. Led by Maestro Donald Runnicles, GTMF is seven weeks of classical music bliss! This year includes Beethoven's Eroica Symphony conducted by Maestro Runnicles (7/24 & 25), Edo de Waart conducting Schubert's Ninth Symphony (7/31 & 8/1); Osmo Vänskä conducting Sibelius's Fifth Symphony (8/7 & 8/8); soloists including American violin master Mark O¹Connor (7/22); Canadian virtuoso James Ehnes (7/24 & 25), fast-rising Uzbekistani pianist Bezhod Abduraimov (8/7 & 8/8), and residencies from star cellist Alisa Weilerstein (7/14­18) and guitar master Pablo Villegas (8/4­8).

Tel: 307.732.9957

Musicfest Aberystwyth

25th July- 1st August 2015

An 8 day festival of over 40 concerts, summer schools course and master classes in Aberystwyth Meyrick Alexander, David Campbell, Sigyn Fosnes, Guy Johnston, Orion Orchestra, Raphaela Papadakis, Tom Poster, Solem Quartest, The Session

Tel: 01970612034

The Kirker Chopin Festival in Mallorca

SIX NIGHT ESCORTED HOLIDAYS | 24 & 30 SEPTEMBER 2015

The works of Frédéric Chopin are still central to our Festival in Mallorca and for our third visit we have extended the programme to include Spanish and Latin American composers. Based in the village of Banyalbufar, our holiday will introduce you to the glorious unspoilt north coast of Mallorca. We are delighted to welcome back three of the musicians who so impressed our clients at the first Festival in 2013 ­ pianist Melvyn Tan, organist Oliver Condy and Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski. This time they are joined by the young Spanish soprano Amaia Azcona Cildoz.

Tel: 020 7593 2284

Cambridge Summer Music Festival

The Cambridge Summer Music Festival is the city’s annual festival of classical music offering outstanding musical performances in some of the city’s most historic buildings.

Booking is now open for our Spring Concerts as well as our popular series in Cambridgeshire villages, Music in Quiet Places.

The Spring Concerts present some delightful and varied music, including solo piano and song, orchestra and choir. We are pleased to offer a new date for the concert by Crispian Steele-Perkins and Anne Page which was postponed from last autumn.

In our Music in Quiet Places series four village churches – in Comberton, Whittlesford, Great Shelford and Girton – will play host to groups of musicians of exceptional quality and variety, including a flute and harp duo, a classical string quartet and two amazing trios with special missions to explore music from different eras and cultures.

Malta International Music Festival

The Malta International Music Festival & Competition 2015 will be held between 27th April and 10th May. The Festival is growing and developing every year. Last year’s participants hailed from 21 countries and this year we are expecting a further increase regarding international participants, as the number of events, concerts and master classes will be more than double of last year’s. Eighteen world renowned professors and musicians from leading international music conservatories will be in Malta, conducting master classes and performing concerts during the 13 days of the Festival. Classical music lovers will be treated with over 20 concerts at prominent venues in Malta and Gozo, followed by public performances of the four International Music Competitions for Piano, Strings, Wind Instruments and Chamber Ensembles. The Festival opens on 27th April at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta.

Tel: (+356) 777 27 222

Corbride Chamber Music Festival

Corbride Chamber Music Festival 7th- 9th August 2015-03-30 Concerts in St Andres Church to include Beethoven, op.95,96,97 Schubert Pianoi Quintet Trout Engligh Coffee Concert Brahms Clarient tri Saint Saens Septet Martinu La Revue de Cuisine Illustrated talk by Richard IWgmore on the Brahms lat clairent works

Tel: 01434652477

Stratford on Avon Music Festival

The Stratford on Avon Music Festival has announced dates for its annual series of concerts as 9 – 24 October 2015.

The Festival showcases a diverse and extensive programme of internationally acclaimed artists alongside promising talent from classical, jazz, folk and world music backgrounds in a range of over 20 concerts held in both iconic and surprising venues around this celebrated and historic town

Amongst the artists and concerts, yet to be fully confirmed, are Eboracum Baroque, Laura van der Heijden (BBC Young Musician of the Year), Contemporary Consort and Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. The Festival includes family concerts and activities, the ever-popular Lunchtime Series, free Buy-A-Beer events, Fringe Festival and works from Early Music to the present day performed by music legends to names of the future.

Tel: 01789298197

West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival

WEST WYCOMBE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
17th - 19th September
The Festival was founded five years ago by the celebrated violist Lawrence Power and takes place each year in the beautiful village of West Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. This is a unique opportunity to hear some of the most internationally recognised musicians performing in the historic Church of St.Lawrence. In addition to the exciting concerts there is a masterclass for young violists which has become a k,very popular event. This year we are thrilled that Mark Padmore, Anthony Marwood, Adrian Brendel and other celebrated musicians will be joining us for what promises to be another spectacular few days of music making.

Tel: 01494 528659 or 07948897148

22nd edition of the Verbier Festival

17 July to 2 August
Joining us in the heart of the Swiss Alps for the 2015 Verbier Festival, some of the finest musicians alive today, including six conductors who are renowned the world over, and each with special connections with the Festival. Apart from the extraordinary and well-established artists on the main stages, the Verbier Festival is truly defined by its faith and investment in the great artists of the future. Each season we offer a diverse programme for exceptional young players. There really is something for every member of the family in this spectacular alpine location. We look forward to seeing you from 17 July, and to continuing our wonderful musical and human adventure together in this enchanting setting!

Tel: +41 (0)848 771 882

West Cork Chamber Music Festival

26 June to 4 July 2015
The West Cork Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary by programming some of the great landmarks of the repertoire. Alongside such favourites as Schubert’s Trout Quintet, Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet and Beethoven’s Archduke Trio will be contemporary works by a number of composers including Tabakova, Gubaidulina and Shchedrin. Making the journey to Bantry, County Cork for this special celebration will be Alina Ibragimova, Natalie Clein, Barry Douglas, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Alexander Melnikov, Marc Coppey, Romain Guyot, Viviane Hagner, Maria Keohane and many more. Vanbrugh Quartet will be joined by Cremona, Borodin, Signum and Benyounes Quartets. Friends booking opens late January 2015.

Tel: +353 (0) 27 52788

sound

Scotland’s Festival of New Music

22 October – 9 November 2015

sound is an innovative festival of new music which brings together a wide range of musical styles in a variety of concerts, workshops, installations and talks across North East Scotland.

The opening weekend will showcase cross-artform collaborations in Scotland, including new commissions for new music and dance, theatre, and visual art.

The following weekend features a conference run in partnership with the University of Aberdeen, ‘New music, Beauty and the Sublime.’

Artists and composers set to feature at the 2015 festival include The Griffyn Ensemble, Red Note Ensemble, Primrose Piano Quartet, Ensemble Alternance, Leafcutter John, Ian Pace, Ian Wilson, Brian Irvine and more.

Venues throughout Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire

Tel: 01330 826526

Three Choirs Festival

25 July – 1 August 2015 Hereford Three Choirs Festival 2015 marks its 300th birthday with a celebratory programme of cathedral services, concerts, talks and exhibitions. Main evening Hereford Cathedral concerts feature wide selection of significant repertoire, including Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, the Verdi Requiem, Sir Arthur Bliss’s Morning Heroes, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, Lux Aeterna by William Mathias, and first ever performance in Hereford of Messiaen’s Turangalíla. The OAE accompanies the Three Cathedral Choirs in the St Matthew Passion while other evening concerts feature the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and the Philharmonia orchestra. Concludes with new work for community choir by Pete Churchill.

Tel: 08456 521 823

Plush Festival

Four weekends / 10 events / June - August 2015 This season Plush Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special programme of music. Join a passionate audience to hear masterpieces including Schubert's String Quintet in C and Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, alongside modern and contemporary works by Scriabin, Adès and Kurtág. Concerts take place in the intimate venue of St Johns, surrounded by breathtaking views. Musicians include Sir András Schiff, Andy Sheppard Quartet, Imogen Cooper & Tim Horton (solo & four hand piano), Heath Quartet, Lawrence Power Trio with Simon Crawford-Phillips & Adrian Brendel, Emerging Artist Michael Petrov & many more.

Tel: 020 3286 1885

MusicFest International Music Festival and Summer School

MusicFest International Music Festival and Summer School returns for another fantastic week of music from Saturday 25 July to Saturday 1 August 2015 in Aberystwyth on the beautiful Mid Wales coast. Over 40 concerts and recitals across the festival programme and as ever an inspirational line-up of internationally renowned musicians will be resident in Aberystwyth for the week, performing in the concerts and tutoring on the Summer School. MusicFest also includes an extensive Fringe programme offering free concerts and courses throughout the town. Highlights for 2015 include Tom Poster, Joanna Songi, Anne Denholm, David Campbell and Solem Quartet. www.facebook.com/AberMusicFest @MusicFestAber

Tel: 01970612034

Gŵyl Machynlleth Festival

A week of inspiring music making in Mid Wales.

Sunday 23rd – Sunday 30th August 2015

The Machynlleth Festival is known for its unique blend of traditional Welsh music and chamber music at the highest level. It takes place in a former chapel in some of the loveliest countryside in Britain. It also includes a jazz evening, a free children’s concert by the Erlking Trio from Vienna and the Glyndwr Award for An Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in Wales. Christopher Cook’s talks have become a popular feature of the week and our guest of honour this year will be Sir John Tomlinson with our Artistic Director, Julius Drake, at the piano.

Tel: 01654 703355

Canterbury Festival

17 to 31 October 2015

Canterbury Festival is Kent’s International Arts Festival, the largest festival of arts and culture in the region, and one of the most important cultural events in the South East.

The Festival attracts an audience of 60,000 people of all ages to over 200 free and ticketed events, drawn from across Kent, London and the South East. Every year the Festival fortnight includes a wide range of events, including Music, Theatre & Dance, Comedy, Science, Exhibitions, Walks and Talks.

The full programme of events will be announced in early July.

Tel: 01227 452853

Harwich Festival 2015

Wednesday 24th June to Sunday 5th July
This year's festival offers an exciting programme on the theme of Leading Lights.

The varied classical music concerts include the Royal College of Music Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir performing Vivaldi, Purcell and Handel; harpsichordist Jane Chapman whose programme intersperses Inventions by Bach with contemporary pieces by Ligeti, Cage and a new commission from Diana Burrell; the Fieri Consort exploring 500 years of music on the theme of light; and recitals from Robert Houssart, Matthew Schellhorn, and Paula Sides with Jonathon Gale.

For further information about these and the wider programme of art, dance, spoken word, classical music, folk, roots and jazz please see our website. www.harwichfestival.co.uk

Tel: please see our website. www.harwichfestival.co.uk

The Kirker Ischia Music Festival

A SEVEN NIGHT ESCORTED HOLIDAY | 12 OCTOBER 2015

Join pianist Jeremy Young on the idyllic island of Ischia for six exclusive concerts at La Mortella, the former home of Sir William & Lady Walton. Jeremy will perform with tenor Paul Nilon, The Sacconi Quartet and violist Simon Rowland-Jones, and we will also enjoy one concert given as part of the Walton Trust¹s series. Our concerts are held in the lovely concert hall overlooking the garden, next to the villa where the Waltons lived. We stay at the 4* Albergo San Montano in the small resort of Lacco Ameno, a few minutes¹ drive from La Mortella with spectacular views of the Bay of Naples.

Tel: 020 7593 2284

Iford Arts Festival

6 June – 8 August 2015

The Iford Arts Festival takes place within the exquisite Peto Garden of Iford Manor, near Bath.

This season Iford Arts are pleased to present Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera and Handel’s Agrippina with the welcome return of Opera della Luna with Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld. All performances are staged in-the-round for an audience of 90 in the miniature Italianate cloister. All are sung in English.

Popular picnic proms and classical concerts compete with season with Clare Teal, Get The Blessing, CHROMA and more.

“Pure magic, as though each performance is being enacted for your personal benefit” The Telegraph



OPERA: Tickets from £61
Un Ballo in Maschera Giuseppe Verdi
June 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20

Orpheus in the Underworld Jacques Offenbach
A NEW OPERA DELLA LUNA PRODUCTION
June 27, July 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10

Agrippina George Frideric Handel
Iford Baroque Period Orchestra
July 25, 29, 31, August 1, 4, 5


2015 PROMS:
Midsummer Jazz
11 July Tickets £34

The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band
Get The Blessing

The Peto Prom
18 July Tickets £34
The Clare Teal Band With music and entertainment in the Cloister cocktail bar.

Another World
8 August Tickets £34
Lucinda Belle
Cable Street Collective

Iford Young Artists
7 June Tickets £30

Classical Concerts:
CHROMA: Folk Tales
14 June Tickets £30

Tel: 01225 448844

Ryedale Festival 2015

17th July – 2nd August

Two weeks of inspiring performances in the many beautiful and historic venues in and around Ryedale, North Yorkshire. The 2015 festival has a Hungarian flavour, with an opening night that recreates the sights and sounds of Brahms’s favourite tavern, a complete cycle of Bartók’s string quartets and a new production of Lehar’s The Merry Widow. A 100th anniversary performance of Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil introduces a parallel theme of ‘night music’, which includes a complete cycle of Chopin’s Nocturnes over three candlelit concerts and famous night pieces by Bartok, Schoenberg, Mozart, Ravel, Tallis, Byrd, Britten and others.

Chamber music is at the heart of the festival with residencies from the Heath and Doric Quartets, and the Lendvai Trio. Orchestral highlights include concerts by Royal Northern Sinfonia and Orchestra of Opera North, while the Dunedin Consort bring an all-Bach programme to Scarborough, and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra promises an unmissable evening in Malton. Vocal highlights include performances by top choirs Ex Cathedra and Stile Antico, and Toby Spence joins artistic director Christopher Glynn for the premiere of a new English version of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin by Jeremy Sams.

The festival features eleven world premieres, including two by festival composer in residence Michael Berkeley. There is also the festival’s famous series of Coffee Concerts – which take place in the many beautiful country churches of the region – a series of literary events, a photographic exhibition, a series of free workshops for young and amateur musicians, and Ryedale500 – a new initiative to help more young people explore the festival.

Tel: 01751 475 777

Leicester International Festival

Artistic Director, Nicholas Daniel writes: This year’s Festival celebrates one of the greatest examples of human achievement, Ludwig Van Beethoven, with a major survey of the variety and colour in his chamber music. I have placed him alongside great Romantic masterpieces by French/Belgian composers who would have been the first to acknowledge their debt to him. In many ways the huge waves of Romantic release found in the French works are a direct result of the explosive genius in Beethoven, which he always balanced with great Classical sensibility; they took all the restraints off that Beethoven maintained and the contrast is fascinating and satisfying.

Bristol Proms 2015

27 Jul - 1 Aug

Now in its third year, Bristol Proms is back, continuing its tradition of inviting world-class artists to explore the classical repertoire in an informal, accessible atmosphere, and embracing the intimacy and unparalleled acoustics of Bristol Old Vic’s theatre.

This year’s line-up features today’s most celebrated performers including Daniel Hope, Milos Karadaglic and Alison Balsom, and sees the return of Bristol Proms favourites Sacconi Quartet, The Erebus Ensemble and Jonathan James.

Each evening, Bristol Old Vic’s atmospheric Paintshop will be transformed into a late night bar for an additional series of experimental events including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s The Night Shift.

To book tickets or for further information please see bristololdvic.org.uk/proms2015 or call our Box Office on 0117 987 7877.

Tel: 0117 987 7877

Ryedale Festival 2015

17th July – 2nd August

Two weeks of inspiring performances in the many beautiful and historic venues in and around Ryedale, North Yorkshire. The 2015 festival has a Hungarian flavour, with an opening night that recreates the sights and sounds of Brahms’s favourite tavern, a complete cycle of Bartók’s string quartets and a new production of Lehar’s The Merry Widow. A 100th anniversary performance of Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil introduces a parallel theme of ‘night music’, which includes a complete cycle of Chopin’s Nocturnes over three candlelit concerts and famous night pieces by Bartok, Schoenberg, Mozart, Ravel, Tallis, Byrd, Britten and others.

Chamber music is at the heart of the festival with residencies from the Heath and Doric Quartets, and the Lendvai Trio. Orchestral highlights include concerts by Royal Northern Sinfonia and Orchestra of Opera North, while the Dunedin Consort bring an all-Bach programme to Scarborough, and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra promises an unmissable evening in Malton. Vocal highlights include performances by top choirs Ex Cathedra and Stile Antico, and Toby Spence joins artistic director Christopher Glynn for the premiere of a new English version of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin by Jeremy Sams.

The festival features eleven world premieres, including two by festival composer in residence Michael Berkeley. There is also the festival’s famous series of Coffee Concerts – which take place in the many beautiful country churches of the region – a series of literary events, a photographic exhibition, a series of free workshops for young and amateur musicians, and Ryedale500 – a new initiative to help more young people explore the festival.

To find out more click on the link

Tel: 01751 475 777

THE OXFORD LIEDER FESTIVAL 2015 - Singing words: poets and their songs

16 – 31 October 2015 The fourteenth Oxford Lieder Festival builds on the tremendous success of last year’s ‘The Schubert Project’, once again bringing a glittering array of the world’s most exciting artists to Oxford in a diverse and enticing programme. This Festival will focus on the poets and poetry through which composers have been inspired to set music, with programmes devoted to Goethe, Heine, Housman, Verlaine and others. A lunchtime series features the complete songs of Gabriel Fauré, alongside chamber music, talks, masterclasses, workshops and more. Artists include: Sarah Connolly & Graham Johnson; Christoph Prégardien & Roger Vignoles; Wolfgang Holzmair & Imogen Cooper; Elizabeth Watts & Julius Drake; and many others.

Tel: 01865 600 540

Kilkenny Arts Festival

7 - 16 August

Since its foundation in 1974, Kilkenny Arts Festival has gathered many of the world’s finest musicians, performers, writers and artists in Ireland’s medieval city each August. For ten days, the city’s historic churches, castle, courtyards, townhouses and gardens offer a magical setting for unique collaborations and intimate encounters between audiences and artists.

The 42nd Festival begins on Friday 7 August, and the First Announcements of our 2015 programme are now on sale: DruidShakespeare, an epic new production from one of the world’s great theatre ensembles in a co-production with Lincoln Centre Festival in New York; Eternal Harmony: The Music of JS Bach, a unique series of 18 concerts exploring the great composer's timeless, life-affirming music and featuring great musicians from around the world including Les Arts Florissants & William Christie; and headline concerts by legendary performers such as Sir András Schiff and Jordi Savall.

Tel: +353 (0)56 776 3663

Salisbury Cathedral

Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival is a 16-day multi-arts festival that celebrates music of all kinds from classical to world and jazz. Among this year’s highlights are Mahan Esfahani with a complete performance of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Klavier, Handel’s Israel in Egypt performed by La Nuova Musica in Salisbury Cathedral and the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Jaime Martín and Narek Hakhnazaryan. World music comes from Iranian sisters Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat, Palestinian brothers Trio Joubran and seven-piece band She’Koyokh. One of Britain’s foremost saxophonists Andy Sheppard also makes an appearance.

Tel: 0845 241 9651

Presteigne Festival

27 August – 1 September 2015 Held annually in the idyllic surroundings of the Welsh Marches, the Presteigne Festival has become a focal point for those seeking musical nourishment and artistic discovery. The organisation works closely with composers and artists to create and curate inspiring events for an ever-widening Festival community. Founded in 1983, the Presteigne Festival remains a major commissioner of new music in the UK and is well-known for its fresh and innovative programme mix. ‘the Presteigne Festival provides intelligent scheduling and musical excellence at every turn. In the current musical calendar it shines very brightly indeed’ Musical Opinion Quarterly

Tel: + 44 (0)1544 267800

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