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Presteigne Festival

24 – 29 August 2017

Held in the idyllic surroundings of the Welsh Marches and celebrating its 35th year in 2017, 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. The Presteigne Festival remains a major commissioner of new music in the UK and is renowned for its fresh and innovative programming.

‘An outstanding array of talent, both creative and interpretative, sets the Presteigne Festival apart from all other annual musical events’. Musical Opinion Quarterly

Tel: +44 (0)1544 267800

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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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

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

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

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

International Competition COMPOSITION

On the occasion of the 10th International Competition Franz Schubert and Modern Music, which will take place February 19-28, 2018 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, the university announces the International Competition COMPOSITION in the category Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello to expand the competition repertoire. The prizewinning work will be on the programme as a compulsory piece of music in the 2nd round of the 10th International Competition Franz Schubert and Modern Music.

The competition is open to composers of all nations (age limit: 38 years, born after March 1st, 1978) and the maximum length of the piano trio is to be 15 minutes. Application open until February 28, 2017! Cash prize: € 5.000,-

Tel: +43 316 389 1900

Hot Springs Music Festival

4 - 17 June 2017

Unique in its original concept, the Hot Springs Music Festival brings together exceptionally talented pre-professional musicians and places them under the guidance of renowned Teacher/Mentors. Under the direction of Maestro Peter Bay, the Hot Springs Music Festival combines world-class music with the beautiful setting of Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, USA. All rehearsals are free and open to the public; featured composers for this 22nd Season are: Walton, Stravinsky, Hovhaness, Prokofiev, Respighi, Bruch, and Tchaikovsky. The stirring Howard Hanson Song of Democracy will be performed with Chorus. Audiences can also look forward to a variety of Chamber Concerts, all in an atmosphere which is casual, classical, and fun.

TACTUS - Young Composers Forum 2017

The seventh edition of [‘tactus] Young Composers’ Forum will take place in Brussels and Mons, Belgium from September 25th to 29th, 2017. Composers 35 years and younger are invited to apply by submitting work/s as indicated in the application requirements. Launched in 2003, this biannual event offers the opportunity for young composers to increase their understanding of what is involved in writing for a symphony orchestra and chamber ensemble working alongside an international panel of Master composers with the participation of the Brussels Philharmonic and the ensemble Musiques Nouvelles. Applications can be submitted exclusively online via the Ulysses platform: http://ulysses-network.eu/web/competitions

Apply by 1 June 2017

Styriarte Festival - The Dance Of Life

June, 23 – July, 23

Music and dance are linked so closely that it takes a massive cultural superstructure to separate them. Today, it’s mostly conventions and rules of decency that prevent music from taking us by the hands and carrying us away through nodding, tapping, rocking, swinging and swaying to and fro. It’s only natural to get up from our seats, fall into each other’s arms and open up to the warm feelings of wellbeing and excitement – for this is often the true essence of music.

The 2017 styriarte Festival goes to the root of this connection. The festival links music to its dancing roots and tells – in the true meaning of the word – moving stories. Ritual and spiritual stories, as well as sensual and erotic dances. It revitalizes forgotten dance traditions, such as the baroque horse ballet, and discovers aspects of dance in the seemingly rigorous art music. It pays homage to the top performances in the high art of classical ballet. It searches for the original inspiration that the composers found in folkloric dance music. And it immerses itselve in the lively traditions of the dances of completely unfamiliar and distant cultures. Above all, however, it gives you the opportunity to participate, be it in your mind’s eye or with your legs: join the dance of life – listen, feel and dance with the styriarte Festival!

Tel: 0043.316.825 000

Longborough Festival Opera 2017

8 June – 4 August

Take in the picturesque views, bring a picnic and enjoy spectacular opera – all amidst the glorious rolling hills of the Cotswolds. The 2017 Festival includes Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Beethoven’s Fidelio, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.

Members book first – join today from £60. Tickets on public sale 6 March 2017 from £32.

Tel: 01451 830292

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Amiata Piano Festival

May – December 2017

Great music, but also fine wines, in a unique beautiful landscape. The pianist Maurizio Baglini founded the Amiata Piano Festival in 2005, he also directs it with the support of the Bertarelli Foundation. The festival takes place from May to December at the Forum Fondazione Bertarelli: a new auditorium built to sophisticated acoustic criteria in the rolling hills of the Tuscan Maremma, Italy. The programme ranges from baroque to contemporary music, including classical, jazz and prose, involving several stars of the international concertism. The cellist Silvia Chiesa is also a resident artist. All concerts are cheered by a tasting of fine wines offered along with tastings of local products.

Tel: +39 339 4420336

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

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

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

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

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 OXFORD LIEDER FESTIVAL 2017

Friday 13 – Saturday 28 October 2017

The last of the Romantics: Mahler and fin-de-siècle Vienna

Under the theme The last of the Romantics: Mahler and fin-de-siècle Vienna, this year's Festival presents Mahler's complete songs with piano over the course of its sixteen days. Mahler's Vienna is also placed in a wider context, through the songs of Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, Wolf, Zemlinsky, Korngold, Joseph Marx and Richard Strauss, whilst a late-night salon looks ahead to the Second Viennese School. The soloists themselves are the usual starry bunch, including Ian Bostridge, Sarah Connolly, Angelika Kirchschlager, Mark Padmore, Roderick Williams and Imogen Cooper. Nestled amongst the fifty-odd performances are also study days, readings, screenings, and workshops.

Tel: 01865 591276

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

London Festival of Baroque Music

The 2017 Festival takes as its theme ‘Baroque at the Edge’, reflecting the fact that this year’s two main composer anniversaries – Monteverdi and Telemann – are for composers from the chronological extremities of the Baroque period and that both of them mixed Baroque style with that of the adjacent eras, respectively the Renaissance and Classical.

Artists appearing include the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Vox Luminis, Les Passions de l’Ame, the Early Opera Company, Florilegium, I Fagiolini, the Choir of Westminster Abbey, the Academy of Ancient Music, Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead, and Elin Manahan Thomas, while repertoire includes Monteverdi’s Vespers and Orfeo, Telemann’s cantata ‘Ino’, Pergolesi’s Stabat mater, Bach’s Mass in B minor and Handel’s Jephtha.

Tel: 0207 222 1061

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