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Cambridge Summer Music Festival 2017

For nearly 40 years Cambridge Summer Music Festival has provided world-class, classical music in spectacular settings. The 2017 Festival runs from 13th to 29th July with over 30 concerts including the Academy of Ancient Music, Aurora Orchestra, Freddy Kempf, the Martinu Quartet, Tom Poster, Tenebrae and the Wiener Kammersymphonie.

Tel: 01223 894161

English Haydn 2017 Festival.

7th to 11th June 2017 International soloists will feature at the English Haydn Festival, including the celebrated Cellist Christophe Coin, violin virtuoso Simon Standage, oboe soloist Mark Baigent, and flautist Rachel Beckett. The acclaimed Russian cellist Pavel Serbin, will perform in the Hoffmann Double Cello Concerto with Christophe Coin.

The Festival theme is “Haydn Across the Years”, with performances of his symphonies, and music by Beethoven, Mozart, and Mendelssohn, including an oboe concerto by Krommer, Michael Haydn’s Flute concerto, with the orchestra performing on period instruments and conducted by the distinguished director Steven Devine. Chamber concerts feature the Quatuor Mosaiques Quartet, the Salomon String Quartet, the English Haydn Ensemble & Wind Band, and the Florilegium Quintet. With 5 Haydn symphonies, including Michael Haydn’s “Requiem Mass” conducted by John Moore.

Tel: 07547 289704

Grimeborn Opera Festival

See opera differently at Grimeborn. ‘East London’s ... irreverent and influential festival of new Opera’ (Time Out) is back for its eleventh year with 14 exciting productions. Rarely-performed pieces. Reinvigorated classics. Brand new works from some of the UK’s most exciting up-and- coming artists and companies. Tickets range from £7 to £22. Whether it’s your first or your latest opera experience, you’ll be right at home at Grimeborn 2017.

Tel: 0207 503 1645

Festival Musikdorf Ernen 2018 | In Motion

29 June – 26 August 2018

Founded by piano master György Sebök, the Festival Musikdorf Ernen will celebrate its 45th season in 2018. Located in Ernen, Switzerland, and surrounded by the stunning nature of the Alps, the festival offers highclass concerts in a harmonious, intimate and nonchalant atmosphere. Focussing on baroque, chamber, and piano music, as well as classic‐jazz crossovers, the upcoming season will present 32 concerts with an international scope of superb artists. Under the theme In Motion, the festival will explore interconnections and reciprocal impacts between orchestral and dance music. Furthermore, Ernen offers literature courses, i.e. given by the crime‐novel writer Donna Leon.

Tel: +41 27 971 1000

Perth Festival of the Arts

Artists performing at this year’s Perth Festival of the Arts include Nigel Kennedy, Nicola Benedetti, Tenebrae, English Touring Opera “Tosca”, Moscow Philharmonic with Freddy Kempf, Jools Holland, Marcus Brigstocke, Justin Currie, The Treacherous Orchestra, Rachael Sermanni and more. See the website for more information www.perthfestival.co.uk

Tel: 01738 621031

The York Early Music Festival

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the York Early Music Festival with guests including The Sixteen; B’Rock Orchestra; Mala Punica and Cinquecento. ‘Changing Times, Changing Places’ opens with a promenade performance of Monteverdi Vespers with I Fagiolini in York Minster, and ends by welcoming artists from across the globe for The International Young Artists Competition.

Tel: 01904 658338

Longborough Festival Opera 2018

6 June – 2 August

Enjoy spectacular opera inside one of the UK’s finest country opera houses – and in the interval, find a spot in the grounds to picnic with a view of the beautiful Cotswold landscape. The 2018 Festival includes Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, Verdi’s La traviata, Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea.

Members book first – join today from £60. Tickets on public sale 5 March 2018 from £35.

Tel: 01451 830292

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

Stratford on Avon Music Festival: 26 September - 3 October 2017

For 2017 Stratford on Avon Music Festival has teamed up with Orchestra of the Swan and members of BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artists scheme to offer an exciting week of music making. This year we give prominence to the wonderful and varied repertoire available for wind instruments.

Tel: 01789 207100

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Tel: +377 93 25 54 04

Philharmonia Orchestra at De Montfort Hall, Leicester

SMETANA: MÁ VLAST - THE LORD MAYOR'S CONCERT Saturday 7 October, 7pm BRAHMS & TCHAIKOVSKY Wednesday 1 November, 7.30pm ROMEO & JULIET Saturday 2 December, 7.30pm BARTOK MEETS BEETHOVEN - THE DMU CHANCELLOR’S CONCERT Wednesday 7 February, 7.30pm

Tel: 0116 233 3111

Two Moors Festival

13 - 21 October 2017

Two Moors Festival - Extraordinary music in remarkable places A week of chamber music, Lieder and recitals in Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks

Tel: 01392 665885

Machynlleth Festival

Held in the beautiful market town in mid-Wales the Festival begins with 3 days of Welsh music-making followed by an array of international musicians, under Artistic Director Julius Drake, including the Vienna Piano Trio, baritone Roderick Williams, violinist Rachel Podger and broadcaster Christopher Cook.

Image by Robert Price Photography

Tel: +44 (0)1654 703355

Kammermusikk Festival

Christian Ihle Hadland and Jan Bjøranger are artistic directors in 2017 and they have invited in a splendid mix of grups and soloists. Domkirken, the beautiful Norman-Gothic cathedral from the Middle Ages are the main venue. This years theme will be the Reformation of Martin Luther King and the Russian Revolution. Reformation or revolution has been a key issue for virtually all significant composers.

The Academy of Ancient Music

The Academy of Ancient Music is an orchestra and choir that perform music from the baroque and classical era, in the way it was first intended. Under the leadership of Christopher Hogwood and now Richard Egarr, the AAM has a busy worldwide touring schedule and an award-winning recording catalogue.

Tel: 44 (0)1223 301509

Chipping Campden International Music Festival

May 14th- 27th 2017

Set in the most beautiful of all the Cotswold towns, the festival welcomes some of the world’s most prestigious musicians for 2 weeks of glorious music making in the magnificent St James’ church, described by Alfred Brendel as “One of the finest acoustics I encountered in my 60 year career” Artists include - Steven Isserlis, Freiburger Barockorchester, Vox Luminis, Richard Goode, Takacs Quartet, Academy of Ancient Music & Richard Egarr, Paul Lewis, Alina Ibragimova, Cédric Tiberghien, Septura Brass Septet, Roderick Williams, Iain Burnside, Jack Liebeck, Nikolai Lugansky, & the Festival Academy Orchestra led by Ruth Rogers & Conducted by Thomas Hull Plus the lunchtime ‘young artists’ series.

Full online booking available with ‘select your own seat’

Tel: 01386 849018

Philharmonia Orchestra at De Montfort Hall, Leicester

SMETANA: MÁ VLAST - THE LORD MAYOR'S CONCERT Saturday 7 October, 7pm BRAHMS & TCHAIKOVSKY Wednesday 1 November, 7.30pm ROMEO & JULIET Saturday 2 December, 7.30pm BARTOK MEETS BEETHOVEN - THE DMU CHANCELLOR’S CONCERT Wednesday 7 February, 7.30pm

Tel: 0116 233 3111

Thomastik Infeld Vienna

Thomastik-Infeld has been producing handmade strings for almost 100 years, constantly thriving for innovation and improvement. World-class musicians around the globe trust the sound and quality of our extraordinary strings. The combination of handmade craftsmanship, engineering excellence and a highly passionate team is the secret to our success.

City of Derry International Choir Festival

Following the outstanding success of its four festivals, the City of Derry International Choir Festival returns from 25-29 October 2017. In addition to all of the familiar elements of previous festivals – concerts, workshops, choral and sacred trails, competitions and an international choral symposium – this year will see even greater community participation, a broad array of visiting international choirs and world-renowned guest acts.

School and national choirs are invited to take part in a variety of competitions, while our International Competition sees selected choirs competing for the prestigious ‘Oak Tree of Derry’ perpetual trophy and a cash prize of £2,000. Our national categories are open to choirs based in Ireland or the United Kingdom, and include equal and mixed voice, youth choir, sacred music, vocal ensemble, barbershop chorus, and popular, jazz & gospel music. Our competitions for primary and post-primary school choirs take place on 26 and 27 October, and include guest performances by our international competitors and workshops led by experienced international vocal experts.

The deadline for applications is Friday 9 June 2017 (for school and national choirs). For more details seewww.derrychoirfest.com

Tel: 02871 363672 / 07754 750646

Perth Festival of the Arts

Artists performing at this year’s Perth Festival of the Arts include Nigel Kennedy, Nicola Benedetti, Tenebrae, English Touring Opera “Tosca”, Moscow Philharmonic with Freddy Kempf, Jools Holland, Marcus Brigstocke, Justin Currie, The Treacherous Orchestra, Rachael Sermanni and more. See the website for more information www.perthfestival.co.uk

Tel: 01738 621031

Iford Arts Festival

New for 2017: Puccini’s La Boheme, Rossini’s Barber of Seville and Handel’s Jephtha. All performances offer the opportunity to picnic first. Opera is performed in English. Punctuating the season are an eclectic mix of jazz and classical concerts set in the glorious gardens of Iford Manor.

Tel: 01225 448844

Royal College of Music International Double Bass Festival

This year’s International Double Bass Festival features world renowned bassists including Alberto Bocini, David Heyes, Petru Luga and Simon Garcia. Join us for a unique day of masterclasses, performances and panel discussions all about the bass. The day also includes a pain-free session on Alexander Technique and an exhibition of basses by Cristiano Scipioni and Martin Penning. Tickets: Free, but required

Machynlleth Festival

Held in the beautiful market town in mid-Wales the Festival begins with 3 days of Welsh music-making followed by an array of international musicians, under Artistic Director Julius Drake, including the Vienna Piano Trio, baritone Roderick Williams, violinist Rachel Podger and broadcaster Christopher Cook.

Image by Robert Price Photography

Tel: +44 (0)1654 703355

Deal Festival 2017

Deal Festival celebrates 35 years bringing world-class artists to our beautiful, historic seaside town. With events in castles, theatres, gardens, arts centres and churches, 2017’s artists include Alison Balsom, Sarah Connolly, Sir John Tomlinson, Freddy Kempf, Wiener Kammersymphonie, Courtney Pine, Zoe Rahman, Ronnie Scott's Big Band and Academy of Ancient Music.

Tel: 01227 786111

Chiltern Arts

Launch Events: September, October, December 2017

Chiltern Arts Festival: 3rd–11th February 2018

Academy of Ancient Music: Launch Concert 1

Saturday 2nd September 2017, 8:00 pm All Saints Church, Marlow In a stunning setting overlooking the River Thames, AAM play a beautiful programme of Bach and Telemann.

Tel: 07943 875640.

Roman River Music


14-16 July
Four concerts to be recorded and broadcast on BBC R3. French music and culture in Coggeshall’s beautiful church, St Peter ad Vincula in rural Essex. An exhilarating programme includes Debussy, Fauré and Ravel. Join us and immerse yourself in the culture of La Belle Époque. With Roman River favourites, pianist Tom Poster and violinist Elena Urioste.

Salisbury Festival

26 May – 10 June 2017

Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival offers the very best in classical, jazz, folk, opera and contemporary music from around the world. This year’s highlights include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Clare Teal, I Fagiolini, Heath Quartet and Le Vent du Nord among many others

Where will we take you?

Tel: 0845 241 9651

Portsmouth Festivities

Portsmouth Festivities 16-25 June 2017 . A Ten Day Festival of Arts, Culture and Heritage for all. 2017's Music programme includes Peter Donohoe, John Harle, Wayne Marshall, Maggini Quartet, Savitri Grier.

Tel: 02392 828282

Malmö Chamber Music

19th – 23rd September 2017

Between 19th and 23rd of September, world class chamber music is presented in Malmö Sweden. Great music in intimate formats - from lunch time concerts to late night club performances. In unique constellations, programmes curated by our Artistic Director Håkan Hardenberger will be presented. Håkan Hardenberger will during the festival also perform and conduct as well as present several of the concerts.

The 13 festival concerts is filled with music by this year's festival composers Brett Dean, Igor Stravinsky, Sofia Gubaidulina and Ludwig van Beethoven. Australian composer and violist Brett Dean will attend the festival and also take part as an artist. Featured Malmö composer this year is Benjamin Staern.

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

Canterbury Festival

Canterbury Festival - Kent’s International Arts Festival 14 October - 4 November 2017 Each year Canterbury sees over 65,000 visitors flock to the city to enjoy the Festival. 2017 will include performances by Tenebrae in Canterbury Cathedral, Mikhail Rudy inspired by Chagall, St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra with cellist Tim Hugh, Oz Clarke and the Armonico Consort who will ‘Drink to Music’ and recitals from Freddy Kempf, Emma Johnson and Trio Apaches.

Full programme announced in early July, visit: www.canterburyfestival.co.uk

Tel: 01227 452853

All About Piano Festival

31st March - 2nd April 2017

All About Piano! returns to the Institut français for its 5th edition : from concerts to talks, cine-concerts, masterclasses, free tuition's, kids activities and even an art exhibition, there is an event to suit all ! Come and join us for three days of music and fun.

Tel: 020 7871 3515

Gregynog Festival

Pageantry, 16 June – 2 July , highlights the Welsh connections of Arnold Dolmetsch. Josef Holbrooke and Granville Bantock with Michala Petri, Mahan Esfahani, Thomas Dunford, Amy Dickson and Llŷr Williams. Classical and folk music, dance, talks and tours in Aberystwyth, Chirk, Harlech and Gregynog.

Tel: 01686 207100

St Davids Cathedral Music Festival

27th May – 5th June

This popular annual event in the beautiful setting of St Davids, Pembrokeshire is pleased to present the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Natalie Clein, cello The Sixteen Galos Piano Trio and Sarah Gabriel Haverforwest Male Voice Choir Goodwick Brass Band St Davids Cathedral Choir with British Sinfonietta Festival Chorus and much more.

Oxford Chamber Music Festival

27th September to 1st October

Musical mirage, mirrors and double identity, transformation and metamorphosis, and the enigma of hidden code - intriguing themes open to interpretation at the 2017 Oxford Chamber Music Festival. Discover ‘Fata Morgana’ with us from 27th September to 1st October – because nothing is as it seems…

Tel: 0845 652 0762

Website: http://ocmf.net/

Leeds International Orchestral Season

This autumn sees the start of the 37th Leeds International Orchestral Season. One of the finest orchestral programmes in the country, it features remarkable orchestras and astounding soloists from across the globe. Highlights of the 2017/18 season include the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and more – all in Leeds Town Hall.

Tel: 0113 376 0318

Philharmonia Orchestra at De Montfort Hall, Leicester

SMETANA: MÁ VLAST - THE LORD MAYOR'S CONCERT Saturday 7 October, 7pm BRAHMS & TCHAIKOVSKY Wednesday 1 November, 7.30pm ROMEO & JULIET Saturday 2 December, 7.30pm BARTOK MEETS BEETHOVEN - THE DMU CHANCELLOR’S CONCERT Wednesday 7 February, 7.30pm

Tel: 0116 233 3111

Buxton International Festival of Opera

Buxton International Festival of opera, music and books takes place from Friday 7 to Sunday 23 July. Operas include Verdi’s Macbeth, Britten’s Albert Herring and Mozart’s Lucio Silla which are performed in the spa town’s stunning Opera House, internationally celebrated soloists and ensembles in concert and leading writers and speakers.

MusicFest

22nd – 30th July

MusicFest is eight days of classical music festival, summer school and fringe performances set against the spectacular Aberystwyth coastline. It offers a packed daily programme from 10am – 10pm, which takes you from orchestras in concert halls, to ensembles in abandoned libraries, to string quartets on street corners.

Tel: 0044 1970 612034

St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square

St Martin-the-Fields is one of the busiests concert venues in London with over 350 concerts per year including free lunchtime concerts and ticketed evening concerts. Musical highlights this year include an Autumn Festival Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 November, Concerts for the Christmas Season and a choral programme for Easter. For tickets and information visit www.smitf.org

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