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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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

Chipping Campden International Music Festival

May 10th- 23rd 2015 Now widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading festivals with visitors coming from Europe, America and Australia, as well as from all over the UK. The venue has become a favourite with many of the world’s finest musicians who all look forward to returning to this most beautiful of all the Cotswold towns. Artists include Paul Lewis, Takacs Quartet, Imogen Cooper, Stile Antico, Tasmin Little, Richard Goode, English Concert, Sophie Bevan, Steven Osborne, Carolyn Sampson. Chipping Campden is also one of the most important homes of the Arts and Crafts movement and is only 11 miles from the world famous RSC

Tel: 01386 849018

Bath International Music Festival

Bath Music Festival is delighted to have attracted some of the world’s finest soloists and groups in 2015. Amongst them is our Festival Artist in Residence, Steven Osborne, one of the great pianists of his generation, vocal legend Willard White and world famous organist Thomas Trotter. Prizewinning ensembles such as The Cremona Quartet and the early music vocal ensemble Stile Antico plus Red Note, Scotland's leading contemporary music ensemble, for a very special event at Cleveland Pools - the UK’s only surviving Georgian lido.

2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year Laura van der Heijden performs with the European Union Chamber Orchestra; Peter Manning and Renato Belsadonna, celebrate Schubert's repertoire for violin and piano; leading Harpsichord player and Bach authority John Butt, plays Bach's Goldberg Variations and also performs an all Bach programme with the Dunedin Consort and brilliant young performers, such as pianist Ji Liu in a series of exceptional lunchtime concerts. For the full 2015 programme and the Jazz, World and Folk programme see our website

Tel: Tel: 01225 463 362

Incontri in Terra di Siena - Music in a Tuscan Paradise

Saturday 25 – Friday 31 July 2015

La Foce, Val d’Orcia, Tuscany

Included as one of the Telegraph’s Top Ten Italian cultural holiday destinations for 2015, La Foce’s annual chamber music festival Incontri in Terra di Siena returns with a cast of world-class musicians for the 27th edition. Festival-favourites Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake, John-Eliot Gardiner<>/b<, Borromeo String Quartet, Ettore Causa, Domenico Nordio make a welcome return alongside newcomers Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung. Set in the buildings and gardens of one of Tuscany’s most beautiful estates, and in the historic castles and churches of the Val d’Orcia, the festival spans the final week of July, from 25 to 31 July.

Tel: +39 0578 63316

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

The Kirker Chopin Festival in Mallorca


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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Swaledale Festival

23rd May - 6th June 2015

The award-winning Swaledale Festival is an annual celebration of music and arts in the beautiful landscape of the three northernmost Yorkshire Dales - Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale.

More than 50 events are taking place over two weeks in beautiful locations. This years artists include:

King’s Singers, Tenebrae Consort, Royal Northern Sinfonia with James Gilchrist, Skampa Quartet and BBC NGA Sean Shibe, Leon Bosch, Magdalena Filipczak, Kathryn Tickell, Liane Carroll, Gwilym Simcock, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, and more.

Tel: 01748 880019

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

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

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
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

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

St. Davids Cathedral Festival

22 May - 31 May 2015

The King's Singers; Bella Tromba; British Sinfonietta; Nicholas Cleobury and Mid Wales Opera; Lutes & Ukes; Scott Brothers; David Rees-Williams Trio; Live Music Now; St Davids Cathedral Choir; Festival Chorus and Orchestra; Vox Angelica; Young Musician of Dyfed.

Choral Evensong broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 - Wednesday 27th May

Brochure Available 1st March

Tel: 07506 117901

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

The Kirker Music Festival in Suffolk


The acclaimed Chilingirian Quartet will play Britten¹s third and last string quartet as well as works by Schubert, Beethoven, Haydn and Dvorák during the first exclusive Kirker Music Festival in Suffolk. We will stay at Seckford Hall, a magnificent Tudor building set in impressive gardens and located close to Woodbridge. This part of Suffolk has close associations with Benjamin Britten and our programme of sightseeing includes visits to the Red House in Aldeburgh where Britten and Peter Pears lived from 1957 until their deaths, and the magnificent garden created by Giles and Sonia Coode-Adams at their Elizabethan manor house.

Tel: 020 7593 2284

Spitalfields Music Summer Festival

2-16 June 2015 Spitalfields Music Summer Festival returns to East London filling iconic and unexpected venues with music. Bridging the past and present expect dynamic early music performances, intriguing new opera and a range of vibrant sound-worlds. The programme is headed by three Associate Artists: early music ensemble La Nuova Musica, composer Emily Hall and composer and saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings. Between they present: Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Couperin’s Leçons des ténèbres, an evening of baroque horn concertos, Emily Hall’s new opera Folie à Deux, and project which turns found sounds from Spitalfields into live music. Complementing them are performances from renowned and up-coming artists, including The Sixteen, City of London Sinfonia and Stile Antico, in venues including Hawksmoor’s Christ Church Spitalfields, the Geffrye Museum and the Tower of London. In the intimate drawing rooms of Georgian Spitalfields, The English Concert’s Harry Bicket curates Spitalfields Salon, evenings of music and conversation with Ian Bostridge, Alice Coote and Elizabeth Watts. A day of events inspired by the history of Spitalfields and its links to the textile industry includes Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s Field Notes encompassing music and textiles, and The Little Weaving Opera, an intimate poetic music-drama inspired by weaving. There is also music for young ears, with the return of Spitalfields Music’s hit opera for toddlers, Musical Rumpus, plus an adventure for all the family with music and movement collective TROUPE. Booking is now open with tickets from £5.

Tel: 020 7377 1362

Pianist Imogen Cooper to headline Northern Aldborough Festival

Thursday 11 to Saturday 20 June

The leading English pianist Imogen Cooper CBE is set to open the Northern Aldborough Festival on Thursday 11 June, heading a world class line-up which includes Opera North Children¹s Chorus in a world première production, rising vocal collective The Myrthen Ensemble, violist Maxim Rysanov with pianist Ashley Wass and jazz luminaries Guy Barker MBE, Ian Shaw and Martha D Lewis. The festival is held in and around the picturesque Roman village of Aldborough in North Yorkshire and in a new initiative, tickets to the majority of concerts will be offered free of charge to all children under 16.

Northern Aldborough Festival
The Festival Office
Aldborough Manor
YO51 9EP

Tel: 01423 900979

The Budapest Spring Festival

10th April - 26th April 2015

Pulling together the best in classical music, opera, jazz and folk music, this annual festival is the largest cultural event in Hungary. A magnitude of venues throughout the city welcome both, Hungarian and international performers. Budapest celebrates its 35th Spring Festival in 2015. There will be over 50 performances and exhibitions to choose from during the 17 days of the festival, the Budapest Opera will premier Aida, the Papp László Sport Arena will celebrate the silver anniversary of the ‘Hungarian Wedding Feast’, the Palace of Arts will feature a series of classical concerts and several plays are on the repertoire at the theatres

Budapest, Hungary

Tel: +36 1 555 3000

Email: info@btf.hu

The Kirker Ischia Music Festival


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

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.

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

Cork International Choral Festival

29th April - 3rd May 2015: Cork City, Ireland


Founded in 1954 to be a dynamic force in developing choral music in Ireland, the Cork International Choral Festival is held annually over the five days preceding the first Monday in May. Cork welcomes choirs from across the world for a programme of Gala concerts, Schools Concerts, National and International Competitions, and world-class performances, as thousands of participants bring the city to life for a celebration of choral music in all its many forms. One of Europe’s premier international choral festivals, Cork is noted for its high standards, eclectic and wide-ranging programme, and the friendliness of its welcome.

Tel: +353 21 421 5125

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


22nd Festival Year
Dates: 3rd to 7th June 2015

Internationally acclaimed soloists will perform at the English Haydn Festival, including the celebrated cellist Christophe Coin, violin virtuoso Simon Standage, and fortepianist Yoko Kaneko. Oboe soloist Anthony Robson, horn virtuoso Pip Eastop. Acclaimed Russian cellist Pavel Serbin, will perform in the UK Premiere of a newly discovered J.C. Bach Sinfonia Concertante in G (C45)

The Festival theme is “Haydn & The Natural World”, with performances of his symphonies, and music by Mozart, Michael Haydn, Beethoven and Wagenseil, including an oboe concerto by Dittersdorf, with the orchestra performing on period instruments conducted by the distinguished director Anthony Halstead. Chamber concerts feature the Sacconi String Quartet, the Salomon Quartet, the English Haydn Ensemble, and the Christophe Coin Trio. Including Haydn’s choral masterpiece “The Seasons”, conducted by John Moore.

Tel: 07547 289704

City of London Festival

22 June – 10 July 2015

Every 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 spectacular St Paul’s Cathedral will play host to two of Britain’s most notable orchestras, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. The LSO will take on Haydn’s Creation under the baton of conductor Edward Gardner (24 June) while the OAE will perform Monteverdi Vespers under the mighty dome (2 July). Prestigious tenor Ian Bostridge will be joining forces with renowned pianist Andreas Haefliger, in a UK première inside the resplendent Mansion House, to perform work from Gulda, Schumann and Wolf (30 June). The Festival will be celebrating the arts in Singapore in its 50th year of independence, with special performances from Singaporean violin soloist Siow Lee Chin as well as the sublime Melvyn Tan and the T’ang Quartet. Another focus will be the wealth of choral riches within the City – ‘Choral Capital’ will see Voces8 in St Bartholomew-the-Great following their sell-out performance last year, a new Pete Churchill commission inspired by Shakespeare and a host of exciting free choral events.

Expect more world-class ensembles inside the City’s finest livery halls, including the likes of the Danish String Quartet and the New Zealand String Quartet.

To find out more about the diverse and exciting events at the City of London Festival this year click on the link below:

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


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

Gregynog Festival 2015: Chwyldro | Revolution

12-28 June 2015

Wales’ oldest extant classical music festival takes France and the spirit of Revolution as its themes for 2015. Historic venues include Gregynog’s Music Room, Powis Castle, National Museum, Cardiff and National Library, Aberystwyth.

Making Wales or UK debuts are Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Xavier de Maistre, Anne Queffélec, Christophe Rousset with Les Talens Lyriques, Alexander Melnikov with Ensemble Variances, Vox Luminis, Fantasticus, Les Folies francoises, Ensemble Amarillis and the Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments.

Tel: 01686 207100

The Cottier Chamber Project

5th - 26th June 2015 The fifth edition of the festival presents over 50 performances of chamber music, dance, jazz and world music. From the free Lunchtime Lieder series at the inspiring Hunterian Museum to late night tango, klezmer and baroque nights (each with an open dance class!), there is something in the programme to excite everyone. Artists include Steven Osborne, James Ehnes, Alasdair Beatson, Alec Frank-Gemmill, Philip Higham, Red Note Ensemble, Concerto Caledonia, Daniel¹s Beard, Hathor Consort, Femke Gyeslinck, All or Nothing Aerial Dance and dancers from Scottish Ballet. Concerts in the atmospheric Cottier¹s Theatre last an hour and are relaxed, welcoming and intimate.

Tel: 0141 628 9740

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.

Tel: 01751 475 777

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

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

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

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