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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,
Powys LD8 2WF
01544 267800


Images :

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

Bryan Katherine 1Cragg Elizabeth 1Lash Hannah 1Le Trionnaire Rozenn 3Milwidsky Mathilde 2Poster Tom 1

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