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
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The programme for the 36th Presteigne Festival has a strong Baltic flavour.



Important works by a range of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian composers, among them Vladas Jakubenas, Tonu Korvits, Ester Magi, Arvo Part, Raminta Serksnyte, Erkki-Sven Tuur and Peteris Vasks, are included.
We celebrate important birthdays for two composers with long-held Presteigne Festival connections - Michael Berkeley and David Matthews - and the outstanding musical polymath Martin Butler joins us as composer-in-residence.
Our exploration of the world of contemporary British music continues with exciting commissions from a mix of established and emerging talent - Cydonie Banting (The Gate of Dawn, for solo piano), David Bednall (an unaccompanied choral setting of a Marian text), Martin Butler (Concertante Dances, for piano and chamber orchestra), Gareth Moorcraft (a work for oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano), Huw Watkins (Echo, a song-cycle for soprano and piano jointly commissioned with Carnegie Hall, New York) and, from 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize winner Manos Charalabopoulos, a work for solo cello.
The Festival's successful relationship with Nova Music Opera continues to flourish; the company perform Joseph Phibbs' new chamber opera Juliana at the Festival (a cocommission with the Cheltenham Music Festival), inspired by August Strindberg's unsettling stage drama Miss Julie.
Performing artists include the Navarra Quartet, Ruby Hughes soprano, Kristine Balanas violin, pianists Huw Watkins, Joseph Tong and Martin Butler, a specially-formed Festival Ensemble, oboists James Turnbull and Ben Marshall, cellist Joanna Gutowska, the Choir of Royal Holloway conducted by Rupert Gough and the ever-popular Festival Orchestra under artistic director George Vass.
A wonderful collection of supporting events will include exhibitions, a Nordic film feature, talks from Stephen Johnson, Ian Marchant and Peter Lord, poetry and Well Thumbed a fabulous one-man show from Terry Victor.
Brochures will be available at the end of April 2018 from:
Presteigne Festival, PO Box 30, Presteigne, Powys LD8 2WF
01544 267800
Telephone 01544 267800

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