06 Jun

We’re looking for experienced professionals

The Presteigne Festival is seeking experienced professionals to work in the roles listed below. Please note that the funding for these roles must be used by December 2024, so availability to carry out the brief within that time frame is vital. Key dates would be the Festival period itself, 22-26 August 2024.

Thanks to a grant from Powys County Council’s Shared Prosperity Fund, we are seeking professional fundraising support to help us formulate and implement a strategy that focuses on maximising support from grant-makers and individuals, expanding  our funder pool and on devising and launching a legacy fundraising strategy.

Please follow this LINK to see the brief for this and other roles available, and details of how to contact us if you wish to discuss any of the roles further.

Thanks to a grant from Powys County Council’s Shared Prosperity Fund, we are seeking professional evaluation support to formulate and implement a strategy that focuses on evaluating this year’s Festival activities and on providing a framework for future evaluation to track progress and change year by year.

Please follow this LINK to see the brief for this and other roles available, and details of how to contact us if you wish to discuss any of the roles further.

ECONOMIC IMPACT SURVEY (potentially coupled with evaluation, above)
Thanks to a grant from Powys County Council’s Shared Prosperity Fund, we are seeking professional input to assess the value to the local economy and employment market of this year’s Festival activities. Work was carried out on this in 2010 and yielded invaluable information. We now seek to update this work to help us with our advocacy in years to come.

Please follow this LINK to see the brief for this and other roles available, and details of how to contact us if you wish to discuss any of the roles further.

Thanks to a grant from Powys County Council’s Shared Prosperity Fund, we are looking to overhaul the Festival’s website. The focus will be on an update of style, structure and content, increasing flexibility to serve new areas of Festival activity and improving the interface with our box office provider, Spektrix. It is vital that the website is fully Welsh/English bi-lingual.

Please follow this LINK to see the brief for this and other roles available, and details of how to contact us if you wish to discuss any of the roles further.

Mae’r ddogfen hon hefyd ar gael yn Gymraeg trwy’r ddolen hon
These documents are also available in Welsh via this LINK

We look forward to hearing from you!

22 May

2024 Presteigne Festival | Programme launched, tickets on sale

Presteigne Festival | 22-26 August 2024

The 2024 Presteigne Festival programme was officially announced yesterday – 25 amazing arts events taking place in the beauty of the Welsh Marches.

  • 13 world premieres.
  • A special feature of Benjamin Britten’s music.
  • Richard Blackford welcomed as composer-in-residence.
  • Concerts, film, exhibitions, poetry and literature.
  • A fabulous roster of exceptional performing artists and speakers.
  • Presteigne Open Studios extended to 4 days.
Online and telephone booking is now open via our website.
  • View or download Festival brochure here
  • Book tickets online here
We look forward to welcoming you to Radnorshire’s Cultural Capital at the end of August …
05 Apr

Springboard Weekend | 11 & 12 May

A brand new weekend of creative events takes place in Presteigne this May, celebrating the approach of summer and looking forward to the town’s annual Festival of Music and the Arts in August.

We’re delighted to host a super mix of events – some free of charge – celebrating spring’s passage into summer.

Contributors to the programme include Ian Marchant, The Radnorshire Wildlife Trust, The Pressgangers, Sue Harris, Nicholas Murray, George Vass and Dr Toby Driver, author of The Hillforts of Iron Age Wales (Logaston Press).

We also share a film exploration of Gustav Klimt’s iconic painting The Kiss from Exhibition on Screen, and welcome fabulous Dutch violinist Emma Roijackers and exciting young British harpist Heather Brooks, who perform recitals of well-known classics at St Andrew’s Church.

Saturday May 11 sees Presteigne’s lively shops supplemented with Broad Street Brocante, 9.30am to 2.30pm, plus live harp music in Presteigne Library.

Throughout the weekend, Ruth Kirkby and Penny Hughes open Art in the Yard behind Daphne’s Pizza, with creative events and displays for droppers-by, 10am to 4pm, on both days.

The full Springboard programme and details of booking are available online via this LINK

Booking is open now – Roll Up!

01544 267800

08 Oct

2023 Presteigne Festival | Thank you

We wish to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who attended and participated in the 2023 Presteigne Festival – a truly uplifting experience for everyone involved.

Bucking the general trend, our 2023 audience numbers continued to improve, with 79% of all available seats taken and, of the total 24 events, a third were sold out. Audience renewal is hugely important for any arts organisation, and we’re happy to report that this year, over 24% of the audience were first time Festival attenders.

Our Janáček feature was particularly popular, as were the touching birthday celebrations for our old friends David Matthews and Michael Berkeley. With Roxanna Panufnik as composer-in-residence, new music was still very much in evidence, with premieres of no fewer than 10 specially commissioned pieces.

In addition to a packed music programme, other events included showings of three Wales-produced films promoted (in association with Presteigne Screen), readings and talks from Dr Sioned Davies, poet Rhiannon Hooson, Stephen Johnson and Gavin Plumley; also included was the first screening of Barrie Gavin’s superb David Matthews film.

Local galleries and attractions contributed to the Festival with other arts-based activity including exhibitions at the Sidney Nolan Trust and the Presteigne ‘Open Studios’ weekend which showed work by 33 local artists and makers, including three supported by the Sidney Nolan Trust Youth Arts Programme.

08 Aug

Presteigne Festival 2023 | Box Office open

The Box Office is now open for online, telephone and in person booking for the Presteigne Festival | 24 to 28 August 2023

The Festival Box Office is situated inside Presteigne Assembly Rooms:
1 Hereford Street, Presteigne, Powys LD8 2AD

Opening times
8-19 August, 10am to 1pm, Monday to Saturday
21-28 August, 10am to 5pm, Daily

Telephone booking
Please call 01544 267800

Online booking
Online booking is available 24/7 by following this link

We advise advance booking for all events, though tickets will be available at the door, provided the event hasn’t sold out.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2023 Festival later this month.

11 May

Presteigne Festival 2023 | Programme launched

Presteigne Festival | 24-28 August 2023

The 2023 Presteigne Festival is launched today, a digital version of the Festival Brochure can be viewed here or downloaded via this link.

Booking is already open to Benefactors, Patrons and Friends, whilst general online and telephone booking opens on Tuesday 23 May

Roxanna Panufnik, whose music was heard as part of the recent Coronation Service for King Charles III, is 2023 composer-in-residence, whilst the extensive music programmes centres around the work of maverick Czech composer, Leoš Janáček. The Festival premieres no fewer than 10 brand new pieces from a wide range of British composers and joins in with important birthday celebrations for David Matthews and Michael Berkeley.

Other events include poetry, literature and music-based talks, film and the popular Presteigne ‘Open Studios’ weekend.

We look forward to welcoming you to Radnorshire’s cultural capital in August!



25 Sep

2022 Presteigne Festival reviews

A huge thank you to everyone who attended events at the 40th Anniversary Presteigne Festival this year – a brilliant programme of world class music-making from a roster of superb musicians, engaging talks on music and musicians, not forgetting art exhibitions, literature events, films and the hugely popular Presteigne Open Studios.

Audience numbers held up very well post-pandemic, with 72% of all available tickets sold and we welcomed a great number of people to the Festival for the first time.

The Presteigne Festival Community certainly felt together again for the first time properly since lockdown, and the atmosphere in the town was simply fabulous, with old friendships being rekindled and new ones being made.

The celebration of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ 150th anniversary was a brilliant success; performances of his orchestral, chamber and vocal music interspersed with contemporary British works including pieces by this year’s hugely popular composer-in-residence, Julian Philips, with a wonderful array of no fewer than eleven specially commissioned pieces.

Here are the reviews currently available:

Wales Arts Review
Opera Today
A review in Musical Opinion Quarterly will appear in the January edition


11 Aug

40th Anniversary Festival – Box Office now open for personal callers

The Presteigne Festival Box Office is now open to personal callers at:
The Assembly Rooms, Broad Street, Presteigne

Tickets are selling extremely well and a number of Festival Events have either sold out or are close to doing so. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Opening Hours
9-20 August | Monday to Saturday 10am – 1pm
22-30 August | Daily 10am – 5pm

Telephone orders are being taken on 01544 267 800
Online booking is also available on the Festival website via this link


17 May

40th Anniversary Festival – online booking open

Presteigne Festival | 25-30 August 2022

Booking for the 40th Presteigne Festival is now open for online, postal and telephone customers. Follow this link to Online Booking.  A digital copy of the Festival Brochure is available here to view or download.

The Presteigne Festival reserves the right to insist on the wearing of face-coverings inside festival venues, should temporary Welsh or UK Government legislation dictate.

We strongly advise early booking online – tickets for events in Bleddfa, Discoed and Leintwardine MUST be booked in advance.

As regards Telephone Booking, please call us at any time on 01544 267 800 and leave a message on the answerphone. A member of the Box Office staff will return your call within 24 hours to take details of your order.

We look forward to welcoming you to Radnorshire’s cultural capital for another amazing Festival, taking place amid the beautiful backdrop of the Welsh Marches.

21 Feb

Writer required for Water’s Edge – Community Education Project

Water’s Edge | Community education project 2022/23

The Presteigne Festival is looking for a Welsh and English language writer with workshop experience to take part in an exciting education project for primary schoolchildren, to collaborate alongside talented young musician Sarah Frances Jenkins, the Presteigne Festival’s current ‘Emerge’ composer.

Part of the Festival’s fortieth anniversary celebrations, Water’s Edge is a joint music and literary project specifically designed for primary schoolchildren living in the Welsh Marches close to Presteigne. It will concentrate on environmental issues affecting the local community, specifically considering the importance of water on the rural economy.

Five local primary schools (Year 6) have been earmarked to take part in the project which will offer writing, music and singing workshops, culminating in performances of a new cantata for young voices and instrumental ensemble, to be performed at St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne in the spring of 2023.

If you are interested in working with us, please send your CV by email to alisongiles@presteignefestival.com before Friday 11 March 2022.

Further details are available via this link