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image for Music Festival item typePresteigne Festival at Presteigne/Llanandras

Music Festival, Thu 23 - Tue 28 Aug 2018

Music Festival

Music Festival


Held each August in an intimate setting nestling on the Powys/Herefordshire border, the Presteigne Festival has become a focal point for those seeking musical nourishment and artistic discovery in the beautiful surroundings of the Welsh Marches. With a truly forward looking commissioning policy, the organisation works closely with composers and artists to create and curate inspiring programmes and events for an ever-widening Festival audience and to bring experience broadening opportunities to its host community.

The Presteigne Festival's six music-filled days span the August Bank Holiday period. Established over thirty years ago, the Festival has a long tradition of supporting young artists and for presenting a fresh and individually stylised mix of contemporary works carefully balanced with twentieth century classics and featuring a wide range of music from the standard repertoire.

This year, the programming focus is on Baltic music, with major works by Peteris Vasks, Arvo Pärt and Raminta Šerkšnyte 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 Kristine Balanas, fabulous British soprano Ruby Hughes and outstanding pianist Joseph Tong.

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Thu 23 - Tue 28 Aug 2018



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Plan route to Presteigne/Llanandras using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SO 314644  Lat: 52.27362 Long: -3.00625

Turn off the A44 Leominster road at Walton onto the B4362; then B4355.

Accessible by Public Transport: 7 miles from Knighton station