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The BBC Music Magazine Festival & Performance Guide 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 Third International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music

A Competition to groom young talents in conducting. A milestone in the development of Chinese orchestral music.

First Round 12-17 December 2016 Taipei, Taiwan Second Round 5-9 July 2017 Taipei, Taiwan Semi-final Competition 10-15 July 2017 Hong Kong Final Competition Concert 16 July 2017 Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, Hong Kong (Open to Public)

Awards Champion, First Runner-up and Second Runner-up Outstanding Young Conductor of Hong Kong Outstanding Young Conductor of Taiwan Best Interpretation of a Work on Hong Kong Best Interpretation of Work on Taiwan Audience’s Favourite (Voted by audience on the spot) Musicians’ Choice (Voted by members’ of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan) Application Deadline: 31 October 2016

Tel: (852)3185 1600

Dartington International Summer School & Festival

A Music School by Day, a Concert Hall by Night.

29 July – 26 Aug 2017 Artistic Director, Joanna MacGregor programmes its world famous summer school for both professional musicians and music students. Your chance to play with some of the most celebrated musicians in the beautiful South Devon countryside.

Tel: +44 (0)1803 847080

Presteigne Festival

24th - 29th August

Held each August in an intimate setting nestling on the Powys/Herefordshire border, the Presteigne Festival has become a focal point for those seeking musical nourishment and artistic discovery in the beautiful 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 audience and to bring experience broadening opportunities to its host community.

The Presteigne Festival's six music-filled days span the August Bank Holiday period. Established over thirty years ago, the Festival has a long tradition of supporting young artists and for presenting a fresh and individually stylised mix of contemporary works carefully balanced with twentieth century classics and featuring a wide range of music from the standard repertoire.

Tel: +44 (0)1544 267800

Prague Spring

12 May – 2 June 2017

The 72nd annual Prague Spring International Music Festival is the biggest and oldest classical music festival in the Czech Republic. It will offer audiences several dozen traditional and experimental concerts and performances at lovely venues including Smetana Hall at the Municipal House, Dvořák Hall at the Rudolfinum, and other halls and sites around Prague. In 2017, highly regarded guests will be presenting the ceremonial opening concert: for the first time in the festival’s long history, the Vienna Philharmonic will be playing Má vlast by Bedřich Smetana at the opening concerts on 12 and 13 May under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. The festival will also offer Czech and foreign orchestras and ensembles, soloists from every corner of the globe, and winners of prestigious musical competitions. In 2017, a series of Spanish and Latin American music will follow up on the successful series this past year, introducing audiences to more outstanding artists and music from that region.

Tel: +420 257 310 414

Oxford University

International Summer Schools in Oxford 2017

Choral Singing 25 June – 2 July 2017 A practical course for singers focused on the English choral tradition; suitable for students, educators and other able musicians.
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Opera 29 July – 5 August 2017 Deepen your understanding of opera in a welcoming and inspiring environment through lectures, screenings and an operatic recital.
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Grand Teton Music Festival

July 3–August 20, 2017
“Come See the Stars” in Jackson Hole, Wyoming at the Grand Teton Music Festival . Celebrated Music Director Donald Runnicles leads some of the world’s best orchestral musicians in seven weeks of star-studded programming of orchestral music, chamber music, lectures, and films. Soloists include cellist Yo-Yo Ma , pianists Yefim Bronfman and Garrick Ohlsson , and violinist James Ehnes . Concerts take place in the majestic foothills of the Teton mountain range, and during the final weekend of the 2017 season, Mother Nature will be in all her glory, as a full eclipse offers a grand finale to festival attendees.

Tel: +1 307 733 3050

Website: http://gtmf.org/

The Third International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music

A Competition to groom young talents in conducting. A milestone in the development of Chinese orchestral music.

First Round 12-17 December 2016 Taipei, Taiwan Second Round 5-9 July 2017 Taipei, Taiwan Semi-final Competition 10-15 July 2017 Hong Kong Final Competition Concert 16 July 2017 Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, Hong Kong (Open to Public)

Awards Champion, First Runner-up and Second Runner-up Outstanding Young Conductor of Hong Kong Outstanding Young Conductor of Taiwan Best Interpretation of a Work on Hong Kong Best Interpretation of Work on Taiwan Audience’s Favourite (Voted by audience on the spot) Musicians’ Choice (Voted by members’ of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan) Application Deadline: 31 October 2016

Tel: (852)3185 1600

Parkhouse Award 2017 Finals Concert at Wigmore Hall

Saturday 8 April at 1pm

Tickets free for Friends of Wigmore Hall, Friends of the Parkhouse Award and students

General admission £5

4 ensembles of piano with strings, from duos to piano quartet, will compete for the 2017 Parkhouse Award. They have been selected following two days of intensive auditions from an international entry to this unique chamber music competition which has been discovering exceptional young groups since 1991. The distinguished jury can choose only one winner who will be announced on the day.

Will the audience agree with the jury?!

Tel: 020 7935 2141

String Quartets London

A Collective of London's Professional String Quartets Available for hire for Recitals, TV Commercials, Corporate Events, Private Parties and Weddings in the UK.

Tel: 02079938007

Music At Oxford

Music at Oxford was founded over 30 years ago in order to fulfil a need for professional classical music of international standing in the City of Oxford. The organisation holds approximately 20 concerts a year, spanning a wide range of classical music, all of which are held in the iconic venues of the University of Oxford. We aim to provide a platform for highly talented younger performers, as well as to more established, renowned artists, but every one of our musicians is chosen because of the exceptionally high quality of his or her artistry. Our 2016-17 season commences with Alina Ibragimova performing all of Bach’s works for solo violin, over two night (3 and 4 September) in the atmospheric surroundings of Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre. For further information about these and our other concerts, please visit musicatoxford.com

Tel: 01865 242865 / 01865 244806

IAO Music Festival

Date: 23–27 July 2017

The Festival will include recitals at The Queen’s College (Frobenius), Keble College (Tickell), Merton College (Dobson), St John’s College (Aubertin), and Exeter College (Walker). There will be a half-day visit to Blenheim Palace to hear the organ in the Long Library (Willis) and a day trip to Eton College. A day will be spent at the Holywell Music Room and the Festival Dinner is in the Hall of Exeter College, preceded by Choral Evensong.

Artists include Dame Gillian Weir (Masterclass & Interview), David Goode, Matthew Martin, Benjamin Nicholas and Peter King on organ, John Reid (Piano), and the Edington Quartet.

Cowbridge Music Festival

The historic town of Cowbridge in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan is the perfect setting for this young and vibrant September music festival. Started in 2010, it engages some of the world’s most celebrated musicians for two weeks of concerts and a rich variety of music from classical to jazz.

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