22 Sep

Presteigne Festival Autumn Tour visits Birmingham, Swansea and Oxford

Our popular Autumn Tour takes to the road once more next month with a programme of music by two French giants – Poulenc and Dutilleux, and three contemporary British composers – Robert Saxton, Thomas Hyde and Ninfea Cruttwell Reade.

The concerts are to be undertaken by oboist James Turnbull with Royal Philharmonic Society award-winner, Clare Hammond. There is also a RPS connection with Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade (pictured below) who was the recipient of the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society/Presteigne Festival Alan Horne Memorial commission.

Dates are as follows, please click on links below for full details:

Friday 7 October at 1.10pm
Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TS
Telephone – 0121 414 7333

Sunday 9 October at 11.30am
Swansea International Festival
Great Hall, Bay Campus, Swansea University, Swansea SA1 8EN
Box Office –  01792 604900/604999

Friday 25 November at 7.30pm
Music at Oxford
Jaqueline du Pre Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY
Box Office – 01865 244 806

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09 Sep

Critical acclaim for 2016 Presteigne Festival

The 2016 Presteigne Festival proved to be a great success both artistically and financially. With 80.2% of all tickets sold and seven of the 27 events completely sold out – the 34th Festival was more popular than ever with its audience.

The music programme featured no fewer than 37 works by living composers, including six specially commissioned pieces from Robert Saxton, Michael Berkeley, James Francis Brown, Adrian Williams and Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade.

The popular supporting programme included three exhibitions, showings of the Harry Palmer film trilogy, poetry, talks about art, literature and music, a one-man show and two local history based events .

Presteigne’s community spirit was also at an all-time high – the town hosted over 100 performers and composers during the six-day event.

To top everything, reviews have been wonderful:

Wales Arts Review
The Guardian
Hereford Times I
Hereford Times II
Hereford Times III
Hereford Times IV

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Clare Hammond (piano) rehearses with the Festival Orchestra under
George Vass (conductor) in St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne