26-31 August 2021
The Presteigne Festival team have worked tirelessly to bring together a striking programme for the 2021 Festival. Our plan is to present a range of live performances to a socially-distanced audience, offering additional online ‘streamed’ content as an additional alternative.
Recently honoured at The Ivors Composer Awards and celebrating her 70th birthday year in 2021, Cecilia McDowall is composer-in-residence.
The Festival’s advocacy of new British music continues with a corpus of exciting new works from a hugely talented roster of British composers – James Francis Brown, Nathan James Dearden, Sarah Jenkins, Cecilia McDowall, Luke Styles, Adrian Sutton, Hilary Tann, Matthew Taylor and James B Wilson, our 2021 Royal Philharmonic Society Emerging Composer.
Other important programming elements see the Festival celebrating the Malcolm Arnold centenary, a mini-feature of music by Michael Tippett and a French music focus centred on Ravel.
Opening the Festival, Nova Music Opera present the premiere production of Luke Styles’ chamber opera Wakening Shadow – a re-imagining of his 2013 Glyndebourne Festival Opera commission, which interweaves his own music with Benjamin Britten’s five Canticles.
As always at the Presteigne Festival, performance standards are upheld with a first class artist line-up – the Heath Quartet, Ensemble Perpetuo, violinists Fenella Humphreys and Francesca Barritt, pianists George Xiaoyuan Fu and Timothy End, oboist James Turnbull, baritone Jonathan Gunthorpe, cellist Cara Berridge and bassoonist Catriona McDermid.
The hugely popular Choir of Royal Holloway will be in residence under their director Rupert Gough, whilst the Festival Orchestra undertake two programmes conducted by artistic director George Vass.
There will also be a collection of supporting events including music talks, literature, poetry and more.
Final arrangements are likely to be confirmed in early May and as a result, tickets will not be on sale to the general public until June. The full programme will be announced online at the end of May. Please bear with us on this – we want to be able to give our audience the best possible experience in 2021.
We hope to see you in August for some brilliant live performances – something greatly missed by us all in 2020.
Presteigne Festival, PO Box 30, Presteigne, Powys LD8 2WF