04 Oct

Presteigne Festival Autumn Tour 2019

Our popular Autumn Tour takes to the road this month and next with a great programme of music for percussion and piano by Steve Reich, Hannah Lash and Howard Skempton, also featuring exciting new works from Mark David Boden, Gregory Rose and 2018/19 RPS Emerging Composer, Liam Mattison.

GBSR Duo – George Barton and Siwan Rhys

The virtuoso percussion and piano recital by George Barton and Siwan Rhys at Presteigne this year was one of the stand-out successes of the Festival. If you missed the duo in the summer, here are two excellent opportunities to hear them in some fabulous repertoire – click on links for full details:

Friday 18 October at 1pm
Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham University B15 2TS

Friday 22 November at 7.30pm
Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford OX4 1DY

05 Sep

2019 Presteigne Festival reviews

A huge thank you to everyone who attended events at the 2019 Presteigne Festival this year – a fabulous 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 popular for the third year, Presteigne Open Studios.

Audience numbers continued to grow, with 81% of all available tickets sold and we again welcomed a great number of people to the Festival for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheryl Frances-Hoad, composer-in-residence

The American theme offered a particularly wide choice of music from Bartók and Stravinsky via Barber, Copland and Gershwin to Richard Rodgers and music from the Great American Songbook – all interspersed with contemporary British works and pieces by composers-in-residence Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Hannah Lash, with a wonderful collection of no fewer than nine specially commissioned pieces.

Here are the reviews currently available:

Classical Source, 23.8.19
Classical Source, 24.8.19
Classical Source, 24.8.19
Midlands Music Reviews, 24.8.19
The Guardian, 26.8.19
Midlands Music Reviews, 26.8.19
Western Mail, 30.8.19
Wales Arts Review, 31.8.19
Hereford Times, 2.9.19
Musical Opinion Quarterly, October 2019

 

22 Jul

2019 Presteigne Festival | Box Office now open for telephone orders and personal callers

With just over four weeks to go until the opening night of the 2019 Festival, there is a real sense of excitement in Presteigne. Some 50% of the tickets have already been sold, and a number of our daytime events at smaller venues are very close to selling out – 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

2019 Presteigne Festival Box Office Opening Times

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

19 – 27  August
Daily, 10am – 5pm

Telephone 01544 267 800

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

29 Apr

2019 Presteigne Festival | Online booking now open

Presteigne Festival
22-27 August 2019

The 2019 Presteigne Festival was launched earlier this month – six days of exciting Arts events with a fabulous American theme running throughout and, as always, a focus on the music of living composers.

There is an exploration of the work of composers-in-residence – Cheryl Frances-Hoad and American composer and virtuoso harpist Hannah Lash (pictured above) – including major new pieces.

Also premiered are Festival commissions from James Francis Brown, Harriet Grainger, Liam Mattison, Freya Waley-Cohen and Adrian Williams.

A rich variety of supporting events extends the American theme still further with Sarah Gabriel’s delightful one-woman show, Dorothy Parker takes a Trip, a tribute to Richard Rodgers – The Sound of His Music, three legendary American movies and talks from Stephen Johnson, Ian Marchant, Fiona Sampson, Nicholas Murray and Peter Lord.

The artist line-up sees the welcome return of Festival favourites Tom Poster, Alice Neary and Sarah-Jane Bradley, whilst Presteigne first-timers include the Albion Quartet, virtuoso flautist Katherine Bryan, outstanding young violinist Mathilde Milwidsky and silver-voiced soprano Elizabeth Cragg.

Booking
General online and postal booking is now open – book here

View or download the Festival Brochure here

22 Feb

Support the 2019 Presteigne Festival

After a hugely successful fundraising concert in London earlier this month, excitement is beginning to mount for the 2019 edition of the Presteigne Festival. The full programme is to be announced at the beginning of April and we’ll be sending shiny new Festival Brochures to our family of Benefactors, Patrons and Friends before the official announcement.

We hope to attract many new individual Festival supporters this year, and hope that you’ll be interested in becoming a Friend, Patron or Benefactor of the 2019 Presteigne Festival.

For many years the Festival was supported financially by Powys County Council however, Powys has recently been forced to axe all its community and cultural funding and we therefore need to find new areas of support.

Many individuals have already helped by making donations and a number of Trusts and Foundations are being extremely supportive – it would be wonderful if you could consider a donation to the Festival this year – we certainly have one of our strongest programmes ever. 

Details of the various schemes can be found on this special page, please join our ever-expanding group of Festival supporters. In return, we can offer you some great additional benefits.

09 Jan

A Schubert Evening in aid of the 2019 Presteigne Festival

A Schubert Evening in aid of the Presteigne Festival | Wednesday 6 February

We are delighted to announce that our 2019 London fund-raising event on Wednesday 6 February will be a celebration of the music of Franz Schubert.

This Schubertiade will take place at the beautiful London home of Bob and Elisabeth Boas in Mansfield Street, close to Oxford Circus, and will feature performances from no fewer than 7 Presteigne Festival favourites – the fabulous Leonore Trio (Benjamin Nabarro violin, Gemma Rosefield cello and Tim Horton piano) join forces with Rachel Roberts viola and Ben Daniel-Greep double bass. Whilst glorious Welsh mezzo Rebecca Afonwy-Jones is accompanied by Timothy End.

Our grateful thanks go to Bob and Elisabeth for the use of such a wonderful venue and to the musicians for so generously supporting the Presteigne Festival.

 

 

 

 

Leonore Trio

The first part of the programme will contrast two of Schubert’s Impromptus for solo piano (Impromptu in G flat, D899 No 3 and Impromptu in A flat, D899 No 4), with a group of eight of his best-loved songs including Ständchen, Du bist die Ruh, An die Musik, Die Junge Nonne and An die Nachtigall, whilst the second half is given over to a performance of one of the greatest of all chamber music pieces, the Trout Quintet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Afonwy-Jones and Timothy End

Artistic director George Vass will be on hand to talk about the 2019 Presteigne Festival programme and, after the concert, there will be an opportunity to chat with the artists over wine and canapés.

STOP PRESS | This event is now fully booked

06 Sep

2018 Presteigne Festival reviews

A big thank you to all who supported the Presteigne Festival this year – a wonderfully eclectic programme of exceptional music-making from some truly amazing musicians with an inspired collection of seven specially commissioned works, engaging talks on music and musicians – not forgetting art exhibitions, literature, film, poetry and, for the first time this year, Open Studios.

Audience numbers continue to remain excellent, with many people sampling the Festival for the first time this year; the central Baltic/Nordic feature, interspersed with music by composer-in-residence Martin Butler and birthday celebrations for Michael Berkeley and David Matthews made for a fabulous musical contrast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Butler, composer-in-residence

Concert reviews can be found by following the links below:

The Guardian, 27.8.18
The Times, 31.8.18
The Birmingham Post I, 25.8.18
The Birmingham Post II, 28.8.18
Musical Opinion Quarterly, October 2018
Wales Arts Review, 27.8.18
Classical Source
Hereford Times, 3.9.18

16 Jul

Festival Box Office now open for telephone orders and personal callers

With just under six weeks until the opening night of the 2018 Festival, there is a real feeling of excitement in Presteigne. 50% of the tickets have already 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

2018 Presteigne Festival Box Office Opening Times

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

20 – 28  August
Daily, 10am – 5pm

Telephone 01544 267 800

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

23 Apr

2018 Presteigne Festival | Online booking now open

Presteigne Festival
23-28 August 2018

The 2018 Presteigne Festival was launched on 23 April – a bright and varied programme of inspiring Arts events for an ever-widening Festival audience.

This year, the programming focus is on Baltic music, with major works by Pēteris Vasks, Arvo Pärt and Raminta Šerkšnytė marking the centenaries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania becoming independent republics.

The Festival continues to explore British contemporary music, featuring commissions from Martin Butler (composer-in-residence), Huw Watkins, David Bednall, Gareth Moorcraft, Cydonie Banting and Manos Charalabopoulos (winner of a Royal Philharmonic Society composition prize). There are also birthday tributes for two major British composers – the Festival’s President, Michael Berkeley in his 70th year and David Matthews in his 75th.

The Festival opens with the Welsh premiere of Joseph Phibbs’ exciting new chamber opera Juliana, based on Strindberg’s unsettling drama Miss Julie; this forms part of a Nordic strand which encompasses music, art workshops and the screening of three legendary Scandinavian movies.

The supporting programme is hugely varied – Welsh art with Peter Lord, Stephen Johnson on music, poet Gregory Leadbetter, Terry Victor’s one-man show Well Thumbed, music and literary talks, Open Studios, exhibitions and film.

The dazzling artist line-up includes Festival favourites – the Navarra Quartet, Huw Watkins and the Choir of Royal Holloway, together with some sensational performers appearing at Presteigne for the first time including virtuoso Latvian violinist Kristīne Balanas, fabulous British soprano Ruby Hughes and outstanding pianist Joseph Tong.

Booking
General online and postal booking is now open – book here

View or download the Festival Brochure here

24 Mar

2018 Presteigne Festival | Martin Butler composer-in-residence

Martin Butler has been announced as composer-in-residence at the 2018 Presteigne Festival.

Born in Romsey, Hampshire in 1960, Martin studied at Manchester University, the Royal Northern College of Music and Princeton University, USA. From 1998-99 he was composer-in-residence at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. He is currently Professor of Music at the University of Sussex.

Martin’s works are widely performed and broadcast both in the UK and abroad.  He has received commissions from, among others, the BBC Proms, the London Sinfonietta, the Schubert Ensemble and the Brighton, Cheltenham, Canterbury, Norfolk and Norwich, and Presteigne festivals. His  opera A Better Place was premiered by ENO in July 2001 and the same year, Two Rivers was premiered by the Oxford Bach Choir.


More recently he was Composer in Focus with the Brighton Philharmonic and remains pianist with the innovative improvising group, notes inegales and co-director of Club Inégales in London. Regular Presteigne Festival attenders will remember Martin for the wonderful Saxophone Concerto he wrote in 2009 for Australian virtuoso Amy Dickson.

He is currently hard at work on his new commission for piano and chamber orchestra, Concertante Dances, which he will premiere at the Presteigne Festival as piano soloist with the Festival Orchestra under artistic director George Vass at the final concert on Tuesday 28 August.