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