Festival Guide 2015

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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 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!

Simply click on the map locations to find out more about the year's most exciting festivals near you!

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Cambridge summer music

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

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

Harwich Festival of the Ar ts 2015

Wednesday 24th June to Sunday 5th July
The Harwich Festival features 12 exciting days of music, spoken word, dance and visual arts for everybody to enjoy. The varied classical music programme highlights include renaissance vocalmusic by Fieri Consort; a major baroque concert of Vivaldi, Purcell and Handel by the Royal College ofMusic historical performance ensemble; Shackleton's Cat from English Touring Opera; Brahms, with klezmer and gypsy music from ZRI Band; Tango and Piazzolla with Deco Ensemble; recitals by Joo Yeon Sir, Jane Chapman, Paula Sides and JonathanGale. This festival was rated in the top 15 of UK Festivals by the Sunday Times in 2014.

Tel: 07870 620273

Festival Printemps Des Arts De Monte-Carlo

20 MARCH / 12 APRIL 2015


The coming music festival « PRINTEMPS DES ARTS DE MONTE-CARLO » will take place over 4 long weekends from 20 March to 12 April 2015 offering 54 musical events in 14 dream venues in Monaco and along the French Riviera...

On stage: the BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Soprano SOILE ISOKOSKI, the ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE RADIO FRANCE, the MONTE-CARLO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, among over 400 guesting world renowned artists ! Programme : BACH, SIBELIUS, DONATONI and world premieres by contemporary composers PESSON, NOUNO and BAYLE.

FESTIVAL PACKAGES (conference/cocktail/concert) & MUSICAL HOLIDAYS in partnership with international travel partners

Tel: 00 377 93 25 54 04

Aix Easter Festival

30 March – 12 April, 2015

Third edition. 22 concerts, 7 symphony orchestras and outstanding soloists in the heart of Provence. The best conductors: Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, Vladimir Ashkenazy will get with leading orchestras and ensembles. With Beethoven and Sacred Music as underlying themes, star violinist and artistic director Renaud Capuçon has invited some of the most renowned violonists, Maxim Vengerov or Augustin Dumay as well as prestigious pianists: Martha Argerich, Khatia Buniatishvili, Krystian Zimerman, Katia and Marielle Labèque… Every generation of musicians will be represented!

Tel: +33 8 2013 2013

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

London Festival of Baroque Music: Women in Baroque Music

15-19 May 2015
Formerly known as the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, LFBM celebrates the feminine presence in Baroque music, from songs of passion by Barbara Strozzi to the elegant instrumental works of Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, and from music composed for brilliant female performers by Rameau and Vivaldi to Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, honouring the Virgin Mary. Concerts take place at St John’s Smith Square, Westminster Abbey and The Wallace Collection, and performers include the Bach Collegium Japan, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, María Cristina Kiehr, Carolyn Sampson, Ex Cathedra, The Bach Players, Béatrice Martin and The Choir of Westminster Abbey with St James’s Baroque.

For more details: www.lfbm.org.uk
For booking: www.sjss.org.uk 020 7222 1061

Tel: 020 7222 1061

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