Presteigne Festival 2019
The 2019 Presteigne Festival programme brings together a large number of diverse musical elements, but with an important American strand running throughout.
We welcome a pair of exciting composers-in-residence – from the UK, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and from the US, composer and virtuoso harpist Hannah Lash – and also include a mini-feature of music by Aaron Copland.
We continue to promote the work of living British composers, with a wonderful collection of newly commissioned works from James Francis Brown, Freya Waley-Cohen, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Harriet Grainger, Adrian Williams and 2018 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize-winner, Liam Mattison.
The Festival’s extremely successful partnership with Nova Music Opera continues with their production of The Burning Boy, a community opera from Stephen McNeff to a libretto by the well-known Cornish poet, Charles Causley. The Burning Boy is based on the biblical story of the prophet Elisha and the raising of the boy from the dead.
A carefully balanced collection of supporting events extends the American theme further and includes Sarah Gabriel’s hugely entertaining one-woman show, Dorothy Parker takes a Trip, together with exhibitions, a trio of American movies, talks, poetry and much more besides.
Artists appearing at the 2019 Festival include the Albion Quartet, Nova Music Opera, pianists Tom Poster and Siwan Rhys, virtuoso flautist Katherine Bryan, sublime French clarinettist Rozenn le Trionnaire, fabulous string players Mathilde Milwidsky (violin), Alice Neary (cello), Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) and Hannah Lash (harp), scintillating soprano Elizabeth Cragg and exciting young percussionist George Barton. A specially-formed Presteigne Festival Chamber Choir will be conducted by Philip Sunderland and the ever-popular Festival Orchestra appears three times under artistic director, George Vass.
Outreach continues to be a vital part of the Festival’s work, enabling better engagement with communities both at home and away. In 2019, we’ll be working with senior members of the community in association with the Bleddfa Centre for the Creative Spirit, and our Autumn Tour is to be undertaken by exciting young piano and percussion duo George Barton and Siwan Rhys.
The full programme will be available in print and online at the end of April 2019
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