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Music Festival, Thu 22 - Tue 27 Aug 2019

Presteigne Festival

Presteigne 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.

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.

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 22 - Tue 27 Aug 2019


Various pricing for tickets





Plan route to Llanandras | Presteigne 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