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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27 May – 11 June 2016
With 160 fantastic events to enjoy, this year's Festival features the very best in music, theatre, dance, circus, film, literature and family shows.
Where will it take you?
Featuring music from Early Opera Company, violinist Benjamin Baker, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Vox Luminis, OperaUpClose, Grammy Award-winning baritone Jonathan Lemalu, Fretwork, and a candlelit celebration of Wolf Hall with composer Debbie Wiseman
For further information contact Lucy Rouse Communications Manager on 01722 332241 or Emily Browne Development & Communications Coordinator on 01722 333601
Tel: 0845 241 9651
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
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.
25 June – 2 July 2016
The 32nd Early Music Festival being held in Fertőd-Eszterháza between 25 June and 2 July 2016 provides its all-time richest concert and course programme for the enthusiasts of early music and for students from Hungary and abroad who are planning to study historical music on the highest level.
What makes recent Early Music Festival special – along with the performances and courses of world-renowned musicians like Nancy Argenta and Ingrid Attrot (vocal) Simon Standage (violin), Malcolm Bilson (fortepiano), Erik Bosgraaf (recorder), Rita Széll (historic dances) along with – is an international conductor course led by Helmuth Rilling, conoisseur of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, founder of the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart. The subject of the course, John Passio by Bach will be performed at the closing concert conducted by Maestro Rilling. (Participating ensembles: Purcell Choir, founded and conducted by György Vashegyi and Orfeo Orchestra performing on period instruments.)
Tel: +36 1 302 4961
7th – 17th July 2016
JAM on the Marsh is a dazzling multi-arts festival in the world-renowned medieval churches of Kent’s Romney Marsh. Curated by international composer, Paul Mealor, outstanding performers include: BBC Singers, London Mozart Players, Sacconi Quartet, Onyx Brass, Sounds Baroque and the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge. Along with premières by Mealor and Thomas LaVoy, musical highlights range from Mozart to Messiaen via Elgar, Dove and Vaughan Williams. The festival also includes art and photography exhibitions, poetry recitals, dance workshops and a churches tour. Over 11 days, JAM on the Marsh lights up this unique shore of Kent.
Tel: 0800 988 7984
1st July - 31st July
Castleton in Performance (CiP) was the prelude to what would eventually become the Castleton Festival. Originally operating under the umbrella of the Châteauville Foundation, CiP began on that famous Summer Solstice day on June 21, 1997, when the late Maestro Lorin Maazel inaugurated the Theatre House on Castleton Farms (a former chicken stable for 15,000 chicken converted to a “mini-Globe” European style pocket theatre) together with his renowned friends: cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and pianist Yefim Bronfman.
Box Office: 866.974.0767
7 Castleton Meadows Lane, Castleton, VA 22716
From 5 – 21 May, Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé celebrate the life and music of Czech composer Antonín Dvorák, in a festival entitled ‘Nature, Life and Love’.
On 7 May, the Hallé presents – for the first time in Manchester – ‘Beyond the Score’, the astonishing re-telling of the ‘New World’ Symphony and the story of its creation combining music, actors, singers and film.
On 12, 15 and 18 May, you can hear Dvorák’s wonderfully lyrical Cello Concerto, full of nostalgia for the composer’s homeland. The festival reaches a splendid conclusion on 21 May with a rare performance of the composer’s great oratorio Saint Ludmila.
Tel: +44 (0)161 907 9000
Artistic Director Malcolm Creese writes:
This year we welcome the Hallé, pianists Benjamin Grosvenor and Richard Uttley, Fitzwilliam and Heath Quartets, Florin Ensemble, Adam Summerhayes, 21st Century Baroque, Stile Antico and Emma Kirkby with Jacob Heringman and Susanna Pell.
Our Young Artists Platform includes violist Rosalind Ventris, cellist Pau Codina, percussionist Joby Burgess, flautist Katherine Birtles, and guitarist Andrey Lebedev.
We also present folk supergroup Lau, singer Christine Tobin, flamenco guitarist Nick Wilkinson, fiddle virtuoso Niamh Ní Charra, and guitarist Antonio Forcione with Seckou Keita and Adriano Adewale, plus brass bands, theatre, film, poetry, exhibitions, talks, and guided walks in glorious Dales countryside.
Tel: 01748 880018
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
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
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
Founded in 2002, Chipping Campden International Music Festival has grown into one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the UK’s musical calendar.
The 2016 programme is as exciting and varied as ever, with some of the world’s most renowned musicians performing in the beautiful and intimate atmosphere of St James’ church with its legendary acoustics.
Artists include: The Borodin Quartet, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Trevor Pinnock, Vox Luminus, Imogen Cooper, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Lucy Parham, Harriet Walter, Alex Jennings, Isabelle Faust, The Aquinas Trio, The Nash Ensemble, Adrian Brendel, Aleksandar Madzar, Alfred Brendel, Angelika Kirchschlager, Julius Drake, and Festival President Paul Lewis, who will perform all five Beethoven concertos with the Festival Academy Orchestra and their inspiring conductor, Thomas Hull.
It is little wonder that the festival now attracts audiences from the USA, Canada, Australia, and mainland Europe, alongside its ever growing UK following.
Photo : Priska Ketterer
Tel: 01386 849018
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
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
12.05.2016 – 14.05.2016
Attending a concert by the Budapest Festival Orchestra is much like seeing and hearing the recreation of music. Iván Fischer always provides that little something extra that lifts an exceptional orchestra above a merely good one. Imagination, control, commitment, cutting-edge music making: in short, a must for every music lover! In this edition of the Budapest Festival, devoted exclusively to the music of Mozart, he directs The Magic Flute and Requiem Mass. The concert on 14.05.16 will be broadcasted live on MezzoTV.
Tel: +32 70 22 33 02
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
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.
Bringing you music from some of the world’s finest musicians, presented against the backdrop of a stunning world heritage city. Est. 1948
The 2016 Classical programme has some of the best international musicians, and a host of young talent. Richard Goode is one of the world’s leading pianists, and it will be a very special occasion to hear him playing three of Schubert’s late sonatas. We host another take on the piano repertoire, with a concert focusing on 19th Century superstar Franz Liszt, created by the witty and acclaimed pianist and author Kenneth Hamilton. We are particularly delighted to bring the Philharmonia Orchestra to Bath, with a beautiful programme of Sibelius and Elgar, led by the renowned conductor Edward Gardner with violinist Valeriy Sokolov. As in 2015, we have created a residency so that audiences can get to know a particular musician: this time with cellist Philip Higham, who will be playing all of the Bach Cello suites, and joining the Navarra Quartet for a final concert. Other rising stars include the young Mexican tenor Hector Sandoval, singing opera favourites with the Bath Philharmonia, and guitarist Sean Shibe performing a fascinating programme including two pieces originally commissioned for the legendary guitarist Julian Bream.
Tel: 01225 463362
July 4–August 20, 2016
The Grand Teton Music Festival celebrates Music Director Donald Runnicles’ “Ten Years in the Tetons” with a star-studded line-up in 2016. Some of the world’s best orchestral musicians make an annual pilgrimage to picturesque Jackson Hole, Wyoming to work with Maestro Runnicles at the foothills of the Teton mountain range. In this 55th season, violinists Joshua Bell and Nicola Benedetti, pianists Jonathan Biss and the Naughton Sisters, and cellists Johannes Moser and Lynn Harrell join the Festival Orchestra to recognize Maestro Runnicles’ leadership in making the Festival a destination for classical music connoisseurs.
Tel: +1 307 733 3050
The sixth edition of the festival takes place in Glasgow’s iconic West End once again, with over 50 performances of chamber music and small scale dance. With free lunchtime concerts (a look at Heinrich Biber and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre), 2 evening performances each night (an hour long), films and talks, the programme explores composers, choreographers and historical cultural figures who were influenced by migration or refugee movement. Artists include Pekka Kuusisto, Bojan Cicic, Daniel’s Beard, Red Note, Hebrides Ensemble, SCO Winds, Concerto Caledonia, Mr McFall’s Chamber, Rosas Company, Alec Frank-Gemmill, Alexander Janiczek and Alasdair Beatson.
Tel: 0141 628 9740
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
Stour Music, the festival of early music founded by countertenor Alfred Deller in 1962, takes place annually at the end of June, concerts held in the 13th-century Pilgrim church of All Saints’ Boughton Aluph. The rural setting is part of the attraction, the Festival Marquee overlooking the Stour Valley on the Pilgrim route to Canterbury.
Highlights of this year’s festival include The Sixteen, as part of their 2016 Choral Pilgrimage, Florilegium performing the complete Bach Brandenburg Concertos, Fretwork celebrating their 30th anniversary with The Magdalena Consort in a programme of music by Orlando Gibbons, Stile Antico and The King’s Consort.
Tel: 05603 434123
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
27th April – 1st May 2016
BRINGING A CITY TO LIFE WITH SONG SINCE 1954.......
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 in Cork, Ireland. 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: Tel: +353 21 421 5125, Fax: +353 21 421 5192
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
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
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
4 June - 6 August 2016
The internationally renowned Iford Arts Festival takes place in the exquisite Grade 1 listed garden of Iford Manor, nr Bath. Highlights for 2016 include Verdi’s Macbeth, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and a new edition of Purcell’s A Fairy Queen.
Opera is staged in the round and sung in English. Informal, free flowing popular jazz nights and concerts punctuate the festival programme. Don’t forget to bring your picnics and enjoy the stunning views over the Iford valley.
Tel: 01225 448 844
50 Springs. 50 Festivals. 50 Opportunities. Every year some of the greatest artists, performers and thinkers have congregated for a festival in one of the most artistically rich and geographically blessed places in the country. Now that’s something to celebrate.
Our classical programme this year includes the World Premiere of Brighton: Symphony of a City, a remarkable fusion of silent film and live music by filmmaker Lizzie Thynne and composer Ed Hughes. City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Brighton Festival Chorus join forces in a lush orchestration of The Dream of Gerontius & the ever exquisite London Symphony Orchestra make their long awaited return to the Festival.
Tel: 01273 709709
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
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
9-16 July, 2016 Szombathely, Hungary
It has been four decades that one of the most prestigious festivals of the Hungarian musical scene welcomes the fans of Béla Bartók as well as the fans of the 20th and 21st century music. From January 2016, a new age starts in the history of the Festival, since copy rights connected to the composer are not binding anymore. Thus, there is a possibility to put Bartók’s oeuvre into new light and for further experimentation. The Festival’s main theme centers around the ’Woman’ in 2016, in 2017 the focus will be on ’Dance’, whereas in 2018 emphasis will be placed on the opera Bluebeard's Castle commemorating the 100th anniversary of Two Pictures and the Wooden Prince’s premiere. In line with the former tradition, the Bartók Festival awaits participants not only with concerts, but also with master classes and other related fields of art.
Tel: +36 30 799 7192
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
The timeless relationship between music and language is at the heart of this year’s LFBM, which as usual treats audiences to an international cast of performers. Biblical texts lie behind Handel’s oratorios Messiah (performed by the Dunedin Consort) and Israel in Egypt (Westminster Abbey Choir), as well as in rare Hebrew psalm-settings by Salomone Rossi; literary inspiration fires Monteverdi’s powerful pocket-drama Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (given in a new staged production); and fine word-setting permeates recitals by singers Iestyn Davies and Roberta Invernizzi. In addition, concerts by cornettist Bruce Dickey and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani reveal the influence of words on Baroque instrumental music. More info: www.lfbm.org.uk
Tel: 020 7222 1061
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
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
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
Galos Piano Trio and Sarah Gabriel
Haverforwest Male Voice Choir
Goodwick Brass Band
St Davids Cathedral Choir with British Sinfonietta
and much more.
Tickets available on-line at www.stdavidscathedralfestival.co.uk from 21st March
BRQ Vantaa Festival is Scandinavia’s and the Baltic region’s most exciting early music festival with a modern twist. This year’s focus is on different tuning systems, which affect the listener’s moods and challenge them to reconsider ingrained notions of harmony and disharmony. Ensemble Micrologus, Phantasm, Mahan Esfahani, Ronald Brautigam, Maya Homburger, Barry Guy, Mara Aranda Sephardic Legacy Trio, Gábor Farkas, Mitzi Meyerson and Imbi Tarum are prepared to move, touch, challenge, elevate and make the audience laugh. In addition to the festival’s concerts, spectators can also spot new talent either in the EAR-ly 2016 competition for young soloists, or in the fringe concerts.
Tel: +358 40 76 75 935
This Festival gives everyone an opportunity to celebrate in a way that is quite different from other times of the year, offering a wealth of different cultural experiences to enjoy together over a glorious ten-day period.
We welcome international superstars of classical and popular music, and are also fortunate indeed in having a wealth of musical talent on our doorstep. From the Gabrieli Consort and The Beat to The Tin Pigeons and the young artists featured in the lunchtime concert series there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.
Vocal music features strongly this year: classical, folk, jazz, ska and choral with an opportunity for you too to take part in a performance - Breaking the Rules. It is a time to allow ourselves to try out something different – if your natural inclination is to go to a folk concert why not try out a lunchtime recital and vice versa. Go on: be brave and try an event you might not otherwise have considered. Chances are you will find your eyes and ears opened to a whole new world.
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
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
05.08 – 14.08.2016
MAfestival Brugge is an internationally renowned festival for early music, boasting a daring programme and an innovative outlook on tradition. Dedicated to Erasmus’ In Praise of Folly, MAfestival 2016 will explore humor, parody and satire in music, as well as the most diverse kinds of musical madness and folly with musicians and ensembles such as Le Concert Spirituel, Leonardo García Alarcón, Alexei Lubimov, Accademia Bizantina, Il Giardino Armonico, Alamire and Arcangelo. The annual prestigious International Competitions Musica Antiqua for young baroque soloists focuses on fortepiano in 2016.
Tel: +32 50 33 22 83
Leeds Lieder Festival, April 1-3, 2016: ‘Singing Stories – Such the Tenorman Told’
Described in The Times as ‘one of the most exuberant and far-reaching festivals of art-song in the UK’, Leeds Lieder’s sixth Festival will take place in venues across Leeds over the weekend of 1st-3rd April 2016. The Festival’s Artistic Director, internationally acclaimed baritone Roderick Williams, has chosen “storytelling” as his theme and he has assembled a mouthwatering line-up of like-minded artists: The internationally acclaimed (Elly Ameling, Mark Padmore, Julius Drake, Myrthen Ensemble, Joseph Middleton, Rory Kinnear and Katarina Karnéus) jostle alongside rising stars. School’s projects, masterclasses, new commissions, live-streaming and BBC broadcasts all add to the vivid programming.
Ticket information: Box Office, Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PD (Tel: 0113 222 3434)
Follow us on Twitter: @LeedsLieder
President: Elly Ameling
Honorary Patrons: Sarah Connolly CBE, Dame Felicity Lott DBE, Graham Johnson OBE, Richard Stokes
Roderick Williams Artistic Director Joseph Middleton Director
Jane Anthony Founder
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.