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Suffolk Villages Festival

Based in ‘Constable Country’ on the Suffolk-Essex border, the Suffolk Villages Festival offers nine concerts throughout the year, five at the Festival itself (over the August bank holiday weekend) and the others in its Spring & Autumn Series. The Festival offers music from the middle ages to the nineteenth-century, sacred and secular, vocal and instrumental. Semi-staged and concert performances of early opera are a regular feature.

2018 dates:

24 August Monteverdi Courtly Ballets

25 August Bach concertos

26 August Charles Daniel & Fred Jacobs

27 August Purcell & Handel

Full Festival details here

9 December Christmas concert

Tel: 01206 366603

Exeter Philharmonic Choir

Saturday 1 June 2019 7.30 pm

Exeter Northcott Theatre


Brahms Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52

Rossini Petite Messe solennelle

Exeter Philharmonic Choir's summer concert combines musical drama and colourful, memorable tunes. Rossini’s Mass is a work of contrast and intensity and despite its title, is neither ‘small’ nor ‘solemn’ but reflects his great operatic talent. In Brahms’ love songs, possibly inspired by his devotion to Clara Schumann, the composer blends north German folk tunes with the waltz and ländler rhythms of Austria.

The four soloists, Clare Tunney (soprano), Giulia Laudano (mezzo-soprano), Ryan Williams (tenor) and William Pate (bass-baritone), are all supported by the Josephine Baker Trust. Soloists and choir are accompanied by a trio of musicians who have greatly contributed to Exeter’s musical life: David Davies and Andrew Millington (piano) and Stephen Tanner (harmonium).

Tel: 01392 726363

The William Alwyn Foundation

This year’s festival, our eighth annual event, is based primarily in the village of Blythburgh, where Alwyn lived and worked for the last twenty-four years of his life. Alongside a wealth of chamber music and song in Blythburgh’s beautiful church, we present a film matinee at Southwold’s Electric Picture Palace and an art exhibition at CRAFTCO in Southwold.

Many of this year’s performers will be familiar to regular festival audiences, with several new faces alongside. It’s a particular pleasure to show case students from the Royal Academy of Music, marking Alwyn’s long-standing association with that institution. Two award-winning young quartets present exciting programmes of classical and British repertoire, and a return to the Alwyn Festival for distinguished violinist Jennifer Pike will provide a sensational finale to the week.

William Alwyn actively encouraged many other composers throughout his life, and we are proud to continue that legacy by programming a substantial body of new work this year, including commissions by Sally Beamish, Gary Carpenter, David Horne, David Matthews, and Nathan Williamson. We look forward to welcoming you to a feast of both new and familiar music in the beautiful surrounds of Suffolk this autumn.

Tel: 01728 687 110

Point Music Festival

Point Music Festival - Four days of pure magic

23-26 May 2019
Throughout the festival, 23-26 May 2019, the Gothenburg Concert Hall will be transformed. With sound, lighting and design, we’ll create an atmosphere where music, dance, performing art and other art forms meet in new, unexpected ways. Four festival days, four world premières, three orchestras, two club nights, a film screening, and some ten concerts…

Tel: 0046 31 726 53 00

Martin Randall Festivals

World-class musicians perform a sequence of private concerts in Europe’s glorious historic buildings, many of which are not normally accessible. We take care of all logistics, from flights and hotels to pre-concert talks and dining. Photographs; Rose Consort of Viols, Basel Chamber Orchestra.

Tel: +44 (0)20 8742 3355

New Ross Piano Festival

In 2018 the New Ross Piano Festival sees the Irish debut of two very different pianists: Anne-Marie McDermott , “one of the great American pianists of her generation”, who has a major career as soloist and chamber musician in the USA and beyond but has never played in her ancestral home of Ireland; and the Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu , recently named by International Piano Magazine as ‘one of 30 pianists under 30 destined for a spectacular career’. Anne-Marie, Alexandra and the festival’s Artistic Director Finghin Collins will be joined by outstanding Bulgarian violinist Svetlin Roussev and French cellist Marc Coppey for performances of three glorious piano trios.

The weekend coffee concerts will be given by François Dumont from France and Marcos Madrigal from Cuba. Waterford pianist Billy O’Brien will fill the new Friday coffee concert slot, a free event specifically geared towards students. David Greilsammer will perform his fascinating late-night programme, Labyrinth.

Our Jazz Piano Day on Thursday September 27th, features the Phil Ware Trio and the Swedish pianist and composer Lars Jansson , who is acclaimed throughout Europe for his eclectic performances and improvisations.

St. Mary’s Church in New Ross, Co Wexford in the closing days of September is the place to be to enjoy a great range of piano music! Booking at 00353 51 421255 or online at www.stmichaelsnewross.com from July. More information at 00353 51 421766, at www.newrosspianofestival.com and on our Facebook page.

Tel: 00353 51 421255

World Music Days

Festival dates: 02/05/2019 - 10/05/2019

2019 will bring one of the most prestigious events in contemporary music to Estonia – “World Music Days 2019” which is the biggest and most important new music festival in the whole world. Come to Estonia and enjoy the world best contemporary music from the last ten years.

Tel: +372 645 4068

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra presents the Oxford Piano Festival (27 July – 4 August), providing gifted young pianists an opportunity to work alongside some of the world’s finest musicians. Faculty include the Festival’s Patron, Alfred Brendel, opening the week with Chamber Music Masterclasses, and Boris Berezovsky who makes his Festival debut with a recital programme of Chopin Mazurkas bookended by Rachmaninov.

Tel: 01865 980980

Canterbury Festival

Kent’s International Arts Festival aims to surprise and delight audiences by showcasing incredibly talented performers from across the world. This year’s Festival takes place from 19 October – 2 November and will include world class performances from the increasingly popular saxophonist Jess Gillam performing a world premiere of ‘The Keys of Canterbury’, The Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars and many more. The full programme will be released in July. We look forward to warmly welcoming you to Canterbury Festival this year.

Tel: 01227 452853

English Chamber Orchestra London Concert Series 2018/19

After the international success of her recording of the Mozart and Mysliveček flute concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra, Ana de la Vega returns to the concert platform to perform two works from her album: Mozart’s D major Flute Concerto and the recently discovered flute concerto by Mysliveček, Mozart’s Bohemian contemporary. The concert opens with Grieg’s delightful Holberg Suite and closes with Tchaikovsky’s majestic Serenade for Strings, its first movement intended to imitate his beloved Mozart’s style.

Other artists in the series include horn player Ben Goldscheider, tenor Ben Johnson and conductor Jessica Cottis in music ranging from Purcell to Stravinsky. The season concludes with Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto played by the brilliant Behzod Abduraimov.

View the Season brochure at https://issuu.com/englishchamberorchestra/docs/eco_5-9-18_web_usage

Tel: 020 8840 6565

Portsmouth Festivities

14-23 June 2019

For 10 days, during the middle of June we capture imaginations, celebrate diversity and deliver over a 100 Citywide experiences. 2019 marks the twentieth anniversary of Portsmouth Festivities and the theme for this year's festivities is TWENTY. Portsmouth Festivities is privileged to work with creatively diverse venues and organisations throughout the city. Every year, the Festivities celebrates the best of Portsmouth and offer creative individuals and organisations the chance to showcase their work.

Tickets for the Festivities go on sale Friday 15 March 2019. For more information go to www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk

Tel: (023) 9268 1390

Glossop Music Festival

20th - 22nd June

Conducted by Christopher George, featuring players from national and international orchestras.

Geelvinck Music Museum & Festival

Reset your perception on classical music: experience performances with original historic pianos of the 18th and 19th centuries. These period pianos have an authentic sound, which significantly differs from today's modern concert grand. The early instrument forces the artist to a substantially different playing technique. This leads to fascinating interpretations.

Tel: +31 206390747

The Grange Festival

The stunning neoclassical buildings nestled in the lush Candover valley in Hampshire provide the setting for The Grange Festival. A little over an hour from West London by car, or fast trains with a bus transfer, this secret corner of Hampshire with its award-winning theatre is a pleasure not to be missed.

Tel: 01962 791020

George Enescu International Competition

Celebrating 60 years of activity in 2018, the George Enescu International Competition aims to promote young instrumentalists in violin, cello and piano, as well as talented composers, looking to make a name for themselves on the international stage.

The opportunities for competition applicants are significant. With over 40 recitals and concerts and a total prize value of 115.000 euro spread over each of the categories, along with the opportunity to play with renowned conductors in the finalists’ concerts, the competition has a lot to offer young musicians.

For more details, enter the competition website: https://www.festivalenescu.ro/en/

Perth Festival of the Arts

16 – 25 May 2019

ALL the Arts. TEN Days. ONE Amazing Festival.

The 48th Perth Festival of the Arts is a highlight in Scotland’s cultural calendar, bringing some of the finest international and national performers to the beautiful city of Perth. The annual Festival features classical music, opera, theatre, rock, folk, jazz, comedy and contemporary visual art.

Highlights from 2019’s arts-packed progamme include The Sixteen’s popular Immortal Legacy programme, Verdi’s Macbeth by English Touring Opera and The Russian Philharmonic (of Novosibirsk) with soloist Sergei Redkin.

Virtuoso comedian Rainer Hersch will team up with internationally-acclaimed pianist Danny Driver and Spanish Soprano Laura Ruhí Vidal to re-ignite the magic of Victor Borge. Other highlights include Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and Scottish Opera’s Pop-Up Opera.

Tickets on sale Monday 18 March (Festival Friends) / 25 March 2019 (general public).

Tel: (For Tickets): 01738 621031

Buxton International Festival

Everyone’s welcome to our summertime celebration of opera, music & books in the hills of the beautiful Peak District. BIF celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2019 by showcasing the most promising rising stars in the arts world, as well as prominent international singers, artists and literary figures performing over 17 days to an audience of 30,000 from 5 – 21 July.

Tel: Box Office: 01298 72190

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