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The Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts

   
Address : PO Box 30
Town/City : Presteigne
County : Powys
Country : Wales
Post code : LD8 2AW
Phone : 01544 267800
Web Site :  www.presteignefestival.com

22nd - 27th August 2019 

 

Described by Musical Opinion Quarterly as 'an indispensable mainstay of the cultural calendar', the Presteigne Festival's 2019 edition brings together a number of diverse musical elements with an important American strand running throughout.

We welcome two exciting composers-in-residence – from the UK, Cheryl Frances-Hoad 'A remarkable talent' The Times, and from the United States, composer and virtuoso harpist Hannah Lash 'striking and resourceful ... handsomely brooding' The New York Times; we also include a mini-feature of works by the iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Copland, among the most important and highly respected figures in all American music.

The Festival continues to actively promote the work of living composers with a collection of specially commissioned pieces from James Francis Brown (a string trio), Freya Waley-Cohen (a string quartet), Cheryl Frances-Hoad (a clarinet quintet), Harriet Grainger (a Missa brevis), Hannah Lash (a Concerto for flute and string orchestra), Adrian Williams (a Concerto for string orchestra, co-commissioned with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta) and 2018 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize-winner, Liam Mattison (a work for percussion and piano).
The Presteigne Festival has become well-known for its fresh and innovative mix of a wide variety of styles and genres; 2019 is no different with important works by Barber, Bartók, Beethoven, Britten, Debussy, Dvořák, Gershwin, Prokofiev, Schubert, Schumann, Vaughan Williams and Walton included in the music programme.

A carefully balanced collection of supporting events extends the American theme still further. The Festival opens with a celebration of Richard Rodgers, The Sound of His Music realised by Lee Blakeley and Damian Thantrey, and other events number Sarah Gabriel's hugely entertaining one-woman show, Dorothy Parker takes a Trip, a trio of American movies, talks from Stephen Johnson, Ian Marchant and Nick Murray, poetry with Fiona Sampson, Welsh art with Peter Lord and more besides.

Artists appearing include the Albion Quartet, pianists Tom Poster and Siwan Rhys, virtuoso flautist Katherine Bryan, French clarinettist Rozenn le Trionnaire, string players Mathilde Milwidsky (violin), Alice Neary (cello), Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) and Hannah Lash (harp), soprano Elizabeth Cragg and exciting young

percussionist George Barton. A specially-formed Presteigne Festival Chamber Choir will be directed by Philip Sunderland and the ever-popular Festival Orchestra will appear three times under artistic director, George Vass.
The full programme will be available in print and online at the end of April 2019

Brochures available
at the end of April from:
Presteigne Festival, PO Box 30,
Presteigne,
Powys LD8 2WF
01544 267800
www.presteignefestival.com

 

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  1. Katherine Bryan
  2. Elizabeth Cragg
  3. Hannah Lash
  4. Rozenn le Trionnaire
  5. Mathilde Milwidsky
  6. Tom Poster

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Featured Attraction


Head for The Heights this year

Head for The Heights of Abraham, the award winning Hilltop Park situated in the spectacular Derwent Valley, just 9 miles from Chatsworth on the western edge of the Peak District National Park.

This "must see" Derbyshire jewel of an attraction is accessed by state of the art enclosed cable cars located on the banks of the River Derwent next to Matlock Bath railways station and the town's public car parks. Simply purchase your cable car ticket, and then sit back to enjoy Instagram-ready views of the geologically stunning valley as you climb to the summit.
TIP: You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of your visit. Go to www.heightsofabraham.com for ticket prices and availability
Once you've purchased your cable car ticket, access to all the summit attractions is free, offering a great value-day-out whatever the weather. Head off to explore 60 acres of landscaped grounds, undercover interactive exhibitions, photography gallery, multi-media show caverns, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and trails.

You can choose to dine in the Vista restaurant with its stunning views down the valley, or enjoy a snack in the café or out on the terrace with similar breath-taking views. Picnic areas can be found throughout the grounds, and during the school holidays you'll discover extra entertainment like the traditional Punch and Judy show (with a satisfying Heights of Abraham twist) for all the family to enjoy.
TIP: Dining times can be reserved in advance. This is recommended especially during the busiest times of the year. Phone 01629 582365 to make a reservation or pre-order the popular afternoon tea package.
Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

The Heath and Heaven Gallery is a delightful pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer's day. Next to this you will find Through the Lens, a 12 minute film of the Great Masson guided tour, ideal for those who cannot, or do not wish to go underground during their visit.

If you're heading into Derbyshire or the Peak District, don't miss the opportunity to head for the Heights this year and tick this one off your bucket list. The cable car is just the start of a fascinating, relaxing and fun day out for everyone. Keep up to date with the news by visiting the official website for opening times, special offers and details of forthcoming events: www.heightsofabraham.com

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