Festival & Performance Guide
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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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Join us in the 4 star Village Hotel, for a feast of wonderful music from the 1920’s and 1930’s – hot jazz and sweet dance music performed concert style by some of the top musicians in this genre – from the UK, Europe and the US. Pre assigned seating, cabaret style – plus, we have a dance floor for showing off your moves.
Tel: 0191 2812935
BBC concert orchestra conducted by John Gibbons _
Jennifer Pike (violin) _ Philippa Davies (flute) _ Sara Trickey
(violin) _ Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) _ Lucy Wakeford (harp) _
Jan Willem Nelleke (piano) _ Odysseus Trio _ Nicholas Daniel
(oboe) _ Daniel Grimwood (piano) _ John Turner (recorder) _
Linda Merrick (clarinet) _ Mark Bebbington (piano), Nathan
Williamson (piano) _ Tippett Quartet _ Prometheus Orchestra
conducted by Edmond Fivet.
Alwyn will be represented by orchestral and chamber works which highlight the wide diversity of his craft. Alongside these works will be music from the standard repertoire and several new commissions from 20th century British composers. Also, given that Alwyn was a highly respected film composer of some two hundred scores there will be a screening of one of his classic films.
For further details please contact Festival Director, Elis Pehkonen.
15–30 August 2016
The 12th edition of the Festival is the next in a series of confrontations between the music of Chopin and that of the composers closest to his heart – Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Bellini; it also traces the various influences on Chopin’s music, as well as that of Chopin’s music on the works of other composers; it features Chopin’s favorite musical genres – opera, art song, concerto, chamber music; finally, it showcases a phenomenon popular in the 19th century, consisting of arrangements, paraphrases and variations on the themes of the best-known works from that era. All of this in masterful renditions on both contemporary and historical instruments.
The line-up is very exciting. Piers Lane, Nicholas Angelich, and the Ebene Quartet are the head-line guests. The festival’s Artistic Director, Finghin Collins, will be performing, as usual.
The above artists will be sharing several concerts. But as usual there are two up-and-coming young pianists giving solo recitals This year they are Nathalia Milstein, the first female winner of the Dublin International Piano Competition in 2015. Jonathan Morris is the other. He is a native of Co. Wexford. Jonathan was the first student in the first festival’s masterclass, so it is rewarding to see how far his career has progressed.
In addition the organisers intend to complete their three year commissioning project , where 15 Irish composers are composing 15 short piano pieces inspired by the amazing Ros Tapestry. And then there are the outreach programmes with schools and the free jazz sessions on PLAY ME pianos placed around the town. It’s a very exciting weekend to look forward to. Booking is at email@example.com or 00353 51 421255. Keep up to date with news at www.newrosspianofestival.com.
Tel: 00353 51 421255
Announcing the 37th annual Cambridge Summer Music Festival: 15-30 July 2016! With 35 events comprising lunchtime recitals, picnic promenade concerts, music for kids, late-night cabarets and more there truly is something for everyone. And framing it all is Cambridge itself – a beautiful, timeless city only 45 minutes from London. General booking opens 28 March 2016
Tel: 01223 767125
The next edition of the Enescu Competition will take place between 3 and 25 September 2016, at the Romanian Athenaeum and National University of Music Bucharest, Romania; featuring four competition sections: Violin, Cello, Piano, and Composition.
Distinguished artists worldwide confirmed their participation as members of the Competition’s Juries: Gabriel Tacchino – President of the Piano Competition Jury, Natalia Gutmann and Arto Noras (Cello Section), Peter Ruzicka (Composition Section), famous Romanian-born violinist Silvia Marcovici and violinist Remus Azoiței, the youngest violin teacher and the only Romanian musician in the history of the Royal Academy of Music in London (Violin Section).
Tel: (+40) 21 – 317 80 81
The North York Moors Chamber Music Festival (shortlisted for an RPS Award) enters its eighth consecutive year (August 14 - 27), exploring Robert Schumann and his influences. 13 concerts within 11 priories and churches all around the National Park, this festival brings international performers including Katya Apekisheva and Tamsin Waley-Cohen together in a celebration of landscape, history, architecture and music.
The Schumann Project: The light and shade of Romanticism
14 – 29 October 2016
The fifteenth Oxford Lieder Festival celebrates the life and works of Robert Schumann, featuring many of the world’s leading singers and pianists in over fifty concerts. The performance of Schumann’s complete songs is at the heart of the festival, as well as his chamber and piano music, choral works, music by his friends and contemporaries, film, theatre, talks, masterclasses and more. Singers include Christian Gerhaher, Juliane Banse, Anne Sofie von Otter, Thomas Allen, Sarah Connolly, Christopher Maltman, Mark Padmore, Roderick Williams, Christoph Prégardien and many others. The Schumann Project will be a thrilling and immersive fortnight of exploration, discovery and inspiration in the heart of Oxford.
Tel: 01865 591276
Art and Music under the Beartooth Mountains, just north of Yellowstone Park
INAUGURAL SEASON: June 17- August 21, 2016
Christopher O’Riley, Music Director
Ariel String Quartet
Dover String Quartet
Excelsis Percussion Quartet
John Bruce Yeh
Performances: Fridays @ 6:30pm, Saturdays @ 2pm and 6:30pm.
Internationally acclaimed soloists will perform at the English Haydn Festival, including the celebrated Baroque Trumpet Player Crispian Steele-Perkins, violin virtuoso Simon Standage, and fortepianist Yoko Kaneko. oboe soloist Mark Baigent, and bassoonist Robert Percival. The acclaimed Russian cellist Pavel Serbin, will perform in the UK Premiere of a newly discovered Hoeke cello concerto. The Festival theme is “Haydn‘s Life in Vienna”, with performances of his symphonies, and music by Beethoven Schubert and Mozart,, including an oboe concerto by Hummel, with the orchestra performing on period instruments conducted by the distinguished director Anthony Halstead. Chamber concerts feature the Chiaroscuro String Quartet led by the talented Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova, the Salomon Quartet, the English Haydn Ensemble, and the Fitzwilliam Quartet. Including Haydn’s choral masterpiece “Lord Nelson Mass”, conducted by John Moore.
Dates: 8th to 12th June 2016
Tel: 07547 289704
A truly international festival in one of Wales’s most attractive and historic towns. Musical excellence from renowned singers, instrumentalists and choirs. Savour the musical experience of a lifetime in this unforgettable part of the Country. Llandeilo ,set in the garden of Carmarthenshire and was once the Medieval Capital of Wales
Tel: 01269 594303
From 22 July to 7 August 2016
Since 1994, the Verbier Festival has invited the world’s leading classical musicians together with the best of the next generation of artists, in a truly breath-taking alpine environment. For 2016 the programming philosophy is unchanged--invite great conductors and legendary soloists, and put them together with the next generation of extraordinary talent. The programme includes orchestral and chamber music with soloists such as Daniil Trifonov, and Yuja Wang, opera-in-concert such as Bizet’s Carmen, and Falstaff with Bryn Terfel, unique repertoire such as the Spanish evening for star guitarist Miloš Karadaglić, as well as the legendary Gipsy Kings and Dianne Reeves.
Tel: +41 (0)848 771 882
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.
The Newbury Spring Festival 2016 promises to be a vintage year with an international line up of major artists from the worlds of classical music, jazz, opera, ballet and cabaret. The Festival looks forward to welcoming the Vienna Piano Trio, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Anoushar Shankar and Benjamin Grosvenor, who returns to Newbury for a mini residency and will take part in the extensive education programme. With over fifty events in a dozen venues covering a radius of twenty miles there is something for everyone to enjoy in what promises to be a glorious fortnight.
Tickets available from 1st March 2016
Tel: 0845 5218 218
Janáček Brno 2016 – 5th international theatre and music festival
7 – 18 October 2016
Opera performances, choir concerts, chamber music and jazz in a city which has style! 2 hours from Vienna, 2.5 hours from Prague. Aeroplane, train & bus connections. For an experience you won’t forget, visit Leoš Janáček´s beloved city!
The 2016 highlights
Ian Bostridge sings The Diary of the One Who Disappeared / Káťa Kabanová “on the water” directed by Robert Carsen / From the House of the Dead directed by Calixto Bieito / Bluebeard’s Castle & Expectation directed by David Radok / The Child and the Spells directed by SKUTR / Steve Reich & Beryl Korot: The Cave / Viktor Ullmann: The Fall of the Antichrist and many others.
Tel: +420 542 158 120
Throughout August the Summer School & Festival will present over eighty evening concerts and a range of courses, workshops and masterclasses that cater for all musical abilities and are led by internationally renowned artists including Joanna Macgregor, Jane Glover, Emma Kirkby, Andy Sheppard, Kathryn Tickell, Alison Balsom, Alfred Brendel and Ruby Hughes. From Baroque and Classical to Middle Eastern and Electronics, the festival is a musical experience of a lifetime.
FB Dartington Arts
Tel: 01803 847080 / 01803 847070
From 17 Sep to 1 Oct 2016, the packed programme includes • Busch Trio • Adrian Chandler • Caroline Jones • Don Pasquale • Harriet Jones • Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet • Alisdair Kitchen • Anthony Marwood & Aleksander Madzar • Peter Phillips • Rupert Reid • La Serenissima • Euphonia Opera • Spem in Alium • Greg Tassel • The Turn of the Screw • Wihan String Quartet • Tzu-Yin Huang - Winner of Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition 2016
Tel: 01797 224442
Songs of the Somme
11th-13th July 2016 at Wilton's Music Hall
An immersive, dramatic performance featuring the works of George Butterworth, Ivor Gurney, Frederick Kelly, Siegfried Sassoon, Haydn Wood and others alongside film footage from the Imperial War Museum archives. Brought to you by the London English Song Festival.
Katie Bray - mezzo-soprano
Nicky Spence - tenor
Nicholas Merryweather - baritone
William Vann - piano
Book tickets - Wilton's Music Hall Box Office: 020 7702 2789 / wiltons.org.uk
Tel: 020 7702 2789
15 October to 5 November the beautiful Medieval city will be filled with a dazzling array of music, performance, exhibitions, talks and walks. Highlights include Stile Antico in the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral, Miloš and the ECO Ensemble, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra with Jennifer Pike, Endellion String Quartet and pianist Barry Douglas.
Tel: 01227 452853
The Bach Family
with Lucy Crowe soprano
Reinhard Goebel conductor
Our season finale celebrates the music of JS Bach and his family of composers
Saturday 18 June, 7.30pm Barbican Hall, London
Tel: +44 (0)1223 341097
Acoustic Lounge: Ramon Ruiz – Guitar
Thursday 21st July 19:30
Cost: Full £14.50 use the code ‘Acoustic’ for discounted ticket price
Born in Granada, Spain, Ramon Ruiz is UK’s leading Flamenco guitarist. He combines his own compositions with traditional flamenco and original arrangements of music from different genres, including Paso doubles, Brazilian and Argentinian tango.
Acoustic Lounge: The Albach Guitar Duo Thursday 15th September 19:30 Rebecca Baulch and David Black are both prize-winning graduates of the Royal College of Music. They have played all over the UK, and in Northern Ireland, France, Italy, Hungary, the USA and Germany Cost: Full £14.50 use the code ‘Acoustic’ for discounted ticket price
Tel: 01276 707600
Nestled on a hillside and with splendid views over the tranquil Gloucestershire countryside, Longborough Festival Opera is a highlight of the summer's country house opera season. Founded by Martin and Lizzie Graham and located in the grounds of their home, the opera house seats an audience of 500 – ensuring an intimate and unique experience which truly captures the drama and emotion happening on stage.
What’s on in 2016
Richard Wagner – Tannahauser
9th, 11th, 14th, 16th and 18th June 2016
Wolfgag Amadeus Mozart – Le Nozze Di Figaro
26th, 29th June 1st, 2nd, 5th and 7th July 2016
Leos Janacek- Jenufa
16th, 19th, 21st and 23rd July 2016
George Frideric Handel
30th, 31st July and 2nd August 2016
Tel: 01451 830292
Deal Festival brings two weeks of amazing music, drama, visual art and dance to a coastal area of great beauty and historical relevance. Artists include European Union Chamber Orchestra, Freddy Kempf, Academy of Ancient Music, Muygenkyo Taiko Drummers, OperaUpClose, Kosmos, Steven Isserlis, National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Changeling Theatre Company.
Tel: 01227 786111
19-21 August 2016
St John’s Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA
Flutastique! BFS London Flute Festival 2016
Performers including: William Bennett, Charli Ashton, Joshua Batty, Juliette Bausor, Atarah Ben-Tovim, Emily Beynon, Lisa Beznosiuk, Denis Bouriakov, Rachel Brown, Katherine Bryan, Samuel Coles Michael Cox, Philippa Davies, Thomas Hancox, Natalia Jarząbek, Chloë Ellen Jones, Karen Jones, Natalia Karaszewska, Pasha Mansurov, Lorna McGhee, Stewart McIlwham, Patricia Morris, Sarah Newbold, Clare Southworth, Lucija Stilinović, Adam Walker, Claire Wickes, Zephyrus Flutes.
A fabulous weekend of flute recitals and workshops celebrating British flute playing and its historic links to France given by many of the world’s leading flute players. Featuring William Bennett’s 80th birthday gala concert, a Festival Flute Choir and Trade Showcase. Bring your flute or simply enjoy the wonderful music!
Tel: 020 7222 1061
The 15th Little Venice Music Festival sees fast-rising chamber group the Berkeley Ensemble take over curatorship from founder Sylvia Rhys-Thomas. Over the festival weekend of the 7th-9th October, the ensemble is joined by cellist Adrian Brendel and pianist Christopher Glynn for a Schubertiade featuring the Arpeggione Sonata, String Quintet in C and Trout Quintet. Fenella Humphreys explores the repertoire for unaccompanied violin - including the London premiere of the late Peter Maxwell Davies's Violin Alone - in a late-night concert whilst pianist Libby Burgess presents an eclectic lieder recital in partnership with mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley and other outstanding singers. Ground-breaking collective Ensemble Perpetuo mount a specially created site-specific performance while young concert-goers have the opportunity to create stories in sound through an interactive, fun-packed concert for all the family.
Tel: +44 (0)7760153782
Applications for the contest – being staged between 19-25 September 2016, with total prize money amounting to €42,000 – can be submitted by sending in video recordings until 27 April.
For the second competition organized by the Liszt Academy 18-32-year-old women and 18-35-year-old men can submit applications for the qualifying round on the competition website latest by 27 April 2016. As part of the application, candidates have to upload performances of one Baroque and one freely selected aria from another period, with piano or orchestral accompaniment. Details of the competition, application materials and the application form are available on the competition website at martoncompetition.hu.
Date of Festival: 27th April – 1st May 2016
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 4215 125
Llyr Williams (piano)
Adrian Brendell (cello)
Rakhi Singh (violin)
Sue Gee (novelist)
Piano Sonata B Maj
Sonata D574 for violin & piano
Arpeggione for Cello & Piano
Quartet in E-flat Maj
Rondo for Violin & Orchestra
Beethoven, Hummel, Albinoni
Fourth Schubertiade held at the Pembrokeshire Country Retreat, oak concert hall and Mansion set in 60 acres of gardens. With attractive accommodation packages.
Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love
16th June to 3rd July 2016
‘trust in young talent’ (The Times)
‘a goldmine of promise’ (Opera Magazine)
Take a seat in front of future stars at this exclusive and intimate summer opera festival. Set in a bucolic Leicestershire landscape, Nevill Holt Opera creates sensational opera at a stunning summer festival, attracting audiences from across the whole of the UK. Audiences are drawn to NHO by its focus on young talent emerging from UK Opera schools. NHO casts young singers, offering them invaluable early professional experience, and a stepping stone to the wider profession. With breath-taking panoramic views over three counties, the Nevill Holt estate dates back to the 13th Century. The NHO Theatre is set in historic grounds, landscaped by Chelsea Gold Medal winner Rupert Golby. Nevill Holt also showcases an outstanding collection of modern British sculpture, featuring works by Allen Jones, Nic Fiddian Green, Sean Henry and Eduardo Paolozzi among others. Festival Dining throughout the gardens is inspired by seasonal local produce from our catering partner Stones Events and our own gardens. Audiences can enjoy restaurant dining, private pavilions in the grounds, or picnic buffet options. Guests are also welcome to bring their own picnic for the gardens.
16th – 24th September, 2016
Hexham Abbey Festival of Music and Arts always sees a varied line-up of professionals, emerging artists and amateurs. In its 64th year, the programme offers Red Priest’s high-octane virtuosic take on the baroque, pianist Janina Fialkowska and the choir Renaissance. There will be Balkan sounds, exciting new music for organ and electronics, plus a live graffiti spectacle from Urban Canvas. As usual the festival has activities for youngsters such as workshops for schoolchildren, babies and toddlers as well as the chance for children to try choral singing or playing an instrument. All set in the glorious ancient Hexham Abbey.
Tel: 0808 126 1257
Come and celebrate Perth Festival's 45th birthday in Perth Concert Hall 19th-29th May 2016. The Festival is one of the highlights in Scotland's cultural calendar. Artists include
The John Wilson Orchestra The Broadway Sound
The Hallé with Elena Urioste (violin)
English Touring Opera Don Giovanni
The Sixteen -The Choral Pilgrimage
Pascal and Ami Rogé
The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Alex Horne and The Horne Section
Scottish Opera Pop-up Roadshow
Children’s Classic Concerts Roald Dahl Centenary
ArTay contemporary Art Marquee
Tel: 01738 621031 - Box Office opens 28th March
Explore the wealth of cultural connections between Ireland and Wales through classical and traditional music, drama, poetry, talks and exhibitions. Events take place in Gregynog’s beautiful Music Room and other intimate historic venues across Mid Wales.
Artists include Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall and Martin Hayes, Academy of Ancient Music, Chamber Choir Ireland, Mahan Esfahani, Ailish Tynan and Iain Burnside, Fidelio Trio, Irish Consort, Siobhán Armstrong, Daniel Grimwood, Ensemble Nevermind, Finghin Collins, Aoife Ní Bhríain and the Goodman Trio.
Gregynog Festival, Gregynog, Tregynon, Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PW, Wales, UK
Tel: 01686 207100
Programme includes… The Dream of Gerontius with David Butt Phillip, Anna Stéphany and David Soar.
“… a community event of an astoundingly high standard”
“… Southwell can already equal, even surpass, more established festivals”
Hugh Canning – The Sunday Times
Patrons: Dame Felicity Lott, Harry Christopher’s CBE
Founder and Artistic Director: Marcus Farnsworth
Associate Artistic Director: Jamie Campbell
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
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 continues to be a model of intelligent programming, inspiring musicianship and community spirit in the glorious setting of the Welsh Marches’.
Musical Opinion Quarterly
Tel: + 44 (0)1544 267800