16 Jul

Festival Box Office now open for telephone orders and personal callers

With less than six weeks until the opening night of the 2017 Festival, there is an expectant feeling of excitement in Presteigne. Nearly 50% of the tickets have been sold, so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Situated at the Assembly Rooms, Broad Street, Presteigne LD8 2AD, the Festival Box Office is now open for telephone sales and personal callers. Please do not send Presteigne Festival mail to this address but instead use P O Box 30, Presteigne LD8 2WF

2017 Presteigne Festival Box Office Opening Times

17 July – 19 August
Monday – Saturday, 11am – 2pm

21 – 29  August
Daily, 10am – 5pm

Telephone 01544 267 800

If you wish to book tickets out of Box Office hours, Online Booking is available here

14 Feb

2017 London Fundraising Concert | Wednesday 17 May

We are delighted to announce that two popular Presteigne Festival artists, violinist Sara Trickey and pianist Clare Hammond, join forces for our London fundraising event on Wednesday 17 May.

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The programme features two great German violin sonatas – the dark-hued, intense Brahms D minor and one of Beethoven’s most popular works, the bright, uplifting ‘Spring’ sonata. Stravinsky makes an appearance in the shape of the joyous Suite Italienne, arrangements for violin and piano of movements from his delightful neo-classical ballet, Pulcinella.

The programme is completed with David Matthews’ Adonis, a work commissed by the Presteigne Festival and first performed at the 2007 Festival by Sara Trickey (the dedicatee) and Gretel Dowdeswell.

Beethoven Violin Sonata in F, Op 24 ‘Spring’
Stravinsky Suite Italienne

David Matthews Adonis, Op 105
Brahms Violin Sonata in D minor, Op 108

Artistic director George Vass will be on hand to introduce the 2017 Presteigne Festival programme and, after the concert, there will be an opportunity to chat with the artists over wine and canapés. Our grateful thanks go once again to Bob and Elisabeth Boas for allowing us to hold this event at their delightful central London home.

Booking details are available via this link

15 Nov

Friday Afternoons – Education Outreach at Presteigne

Friday 18th November at 3pm and 4.15pm
St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne

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Our 2016 cross-border education initiative sees the Presteigne Festival working in partnership with Aldeburgh Music for the first time, bringing their Friday Afternoons singing project to the Welsh Marches.

Something of an innovation, Friday Afternoons began in 2013, originally to celebrate the centenary of British composer, Benjamin Britten. The programme aims to engage primary schoolchildren with contemporary music – Aldeburgh Music is committed to commissioning songs (for children’s voices and piano accompaniment) on an annual basis, creating a song bank of repertoire, complementing Britten’s own group of songs completed in 1935. Sheet music and teaching resources are made available for download, free of charge, for school use.

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Pictured above, English composer Jonathan Dove’s commission for 2016 is a twelve-movement song cycle entitled Seasons and Charms.

The Presteigne Festival will extend and expand Aldeburgh Music’s resource by employing Fiona Evans, a specialist vocal animateur, to work in local primary schools; the resultant performances (accompanied by Susie Allan) take place on 18 November with approximately 160 children from five local primary schools taking part.

Admission is free, but please arrive early, as we expect a high demand for places.

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
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18 Jul

Festival Box Office now open for Telephone bookings and personal callers

Excitement is building in Presteigne – with only five weeks until Festival Week. Some 50% of tickets have been sold in advance, so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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The Festival Box Office is now open for telephone sales and personal callers; as in previous years it is situated at the Assembly Rooms, Broad Street, Presteigne LD8 2AD. Please don’t send Presteigne Festival mail to this address but instead use P O Box 30, Presteigne LD8 2WF

2016 Presteigne Festival Box Office Opening Times

18 July – 20 August
Monday – Saturday, 11am – 2pm

22 – 30 August
Daily, 10am – 5pm

Telephone 01544 267 800

If you wish to book tickets out of Box Office hours, Online Booking is available here

02 Mar

2016 London Fundraiser | Thursday 5 May – Kathryn Thomas, Fenella Humphreys and Timothy End

We are delighted to announce that two of the Presteigne Festival’s favourite artists from recent years, flautist Kathryn Thomas and violinist Fenella Humphreys, will join forces with pianist Timothy End at our London fundraising event on Thursday 5 May.

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The eclectic programme features two of the greatest 20th century flute sonatas – those by Poulenc and Prokofiev, one of Beethoven’s most popular violin sonatas, delightful works for flute, violin and piano from Ibert and Martinů and, in keeping with the Presteigne Festival’s policy of supporting young living composers, the first London performance of Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Competition winner Michael Small’s fabulous solo violin piece White Space, premiered in Presteigne last August.

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Poulenc Flute Sonata
Ibert Deux Interludes for flute, violin and piano
Beethoven Violin Sonata in G, Op 30 No 3

Prokofiev Flute Sonata in D, Op 94
Michael Small White Space, for solo violin – London premiere of a 2015 Festival commission
Martinů Madrigal Sonata for flute, violin and piano

Artistic director George Vass will be on hand to talk about the delights on offer at the 2016 Presteigne Festival and, after the concert, there will be an opportunity to chat with the artists over wine and canapés, all at the delightful central London home of Bob and Elisabeth Boas.

Booking details are available via this link

18 Dec

2016 Presteigne Festival highlights announced

The Presteigne Festival has today announced the main themes for the 2016 Presteigne Festival, which takes place from 25 to 30 August.

The 2016 Presteigne Festival will host no fewer than 27 arts events, including 14 concerts, a staged production of Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat, poetry, literature, exhibitions, a one-man show, local history and screenings of the classic trilogy of Harry Palmer films starring Michael Caine.

The full programme will be confirmed in April 2016, but an enticing overview of what is on offer can be found here.

All of us at the Presteigne Festival take this opportunity to wish you a peaceful Christmas and a musically prosperous New Year.

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17 Sep

Autumn Tour with Fenella Humphreys

Hugely popular with everyone at the Presteigne Festival this year, violinist Fenella Humphreys performs Michael Small’s Royal Philharmonic Society/Presteigne Festival Alan Horne Memorial commission White Space, premiered in Presteigne, alongside a wide range of music by Cyril Scott, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Kreisler and J S Bach at St George’s Bristol and adds Sibelius and Peter Maxwell Davies for her November recital as part of Music at Oxford’s International Concert Season.

Dates are as follows, please click on venue names for full details:Thursday 24 September at 1pm
St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Park Street, Bristol BS1 5RR
Box Office – 0845 40 24 001

Friday 13 November at 7.30pm (pre-concert talk at 6.30pm)
Harris Manchester College Chapel, Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TD
Box Office – 01865 244 806

21 Aug

Box Office open all day from Monday

From Monday 24 August, the Festival Box Office will have extended opening hours for telephone sales and personal callers; it is situated at the Assembly Rooms, Broad Street, Presteigne LD8 2AD. Please don’t send Festival mail to this address but instead use P O Box 30, Presteigne LD8 2WF

2015 Presteigne Festival Box Office opening times

24 August – 1 September
Daily, 10am – 5pm

Telephone 01544 267 800

If you wish to book tickets out of Box Office hours, Online Booking is available here