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Newbury Spring Festival

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

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


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
KT Tunstall
Nina Conti
Alex Horne and The Horne Section
The Unthanks
Claire Hastings
Scottish Opera Pop-up Roadshow
Children’s Classic Concerts Roald Dahl Centenary
ArTay contemporary Art Marquee

Tel: 01738 621031 - Box Office opens 28th March

NEW ROSS PIANO FESTIVAL September 22nd to 25th 2016

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 stmichaelsnewross@eircom.net or 00353 51 421255. Keep up to date with news at www.newrosspianofestival.com.

Tel: 00353 51 421255

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

Cambridge Summer Music Festival

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

Llandeilo music festival

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

Rye Arts Festival

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

Gregynog Festival: Éire, 16-26 June 2016

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

Nevill Holt Opera - Summer festival 2016

Verdi’s Rigoletto
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.


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

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

North York Moors Chamber Music Festival

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.

London English Song Festival

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

The British Flute Society - London Flute Festival

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

Mike Durham Classic Jazz Party: Newcastle upon Tyne, Friday 4 – Sunday 6 November 2016-04-29

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

Longborough Festival Opera

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

Canterbury Festival, Kent’s International Arts Festival

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

Pembrokeshire Schubertiade

Llyr Williams (piano)
Adrian Brendell (cello)
Rakhi Singh (violin)
Kammer Philharmonie
Sue Gee (novelist)

Piano Sonata B Maj
Four Impromptus
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.

Tel: 01239841387

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.

English Haydn Festival

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

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

Janáček Brno 2016 – 5th International Theatre and Music Festival

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

The George Enescu Competition 2016

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

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