Summer festivals and extra concerts in addition to those in the 2021/22 brochure - we will add performances here as we hear about them!
2022 Birmingham International Piano Competition
Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Open to the public: Second Round - 24 June; Final - 3 July (afternoon)
Under the proud custodianship of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, and Artistic Director and Head of the Department of Keyboard Studies, Professor John Thwaites, the Birmingham International Piano Competition, founded in 1979, provides a platform for young pianists aged from 18 to 28 to further their career and perform in a world-class venue.
Initial rounds take place during June with the Second Round and Final open to the public at the Bradshaw Hall, with its state-of-the art performance facilities including the Conservatoire’s exceptional fleet of concert grand pianos.
Over the course of preliminary rounds, four outstanding pianists will be chosen for the Final, to be held on 3 July, in which they will each perform a forty-minute recital in front of a public audience. The international jury is to be drawn from across the music industry and will include Katya Apekisheva, Philip Fisher and Carole Presland.
For those wishing to listen in, the Competition offers an opportunity to witness the brightest keyboard stars of the future in works by composers from classical to contemporary.
How to attend:
Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road B4 7XR
24 June – preliminary heat (open to the public)
3 July, 14:30 – Final (open to the public)
Tickets will be available on the door, and in advance via the website: www.bipcomp.co.uk
Longborough Festival Opera
30 May, 1, 3, 5, 7 June
Conductor: Anthony Negus Director: Amy Lane
Following an acclaimed Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, Longborough’s Ring continues with Wagner’s remarkably funny and exuberant third instalment of the epic cycle.
Korngold Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)
21, 23, 25, 27 June
Conductor: Justin Brown Director: Carmen Jakobi
A dramatised concert production of Korngold’s rarely performed youthful drama of desire – seductive, charming and full of beautiful melody.
9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19 July 2022
Conductor: Jeremy Silver Director: Mathilde Lopez
A radical take on Bizet’s tale of freedom, passion and high drama, featuring the Longborough Youth Chorus.
Emerging Artist double bill:
Freya Waley-Cohen Spell Book
Francesca Caccini La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina (The Liberation of Ruggiero from the Island of Alcina)
28, 30, 31 July, 2 August 2022
Conductor: Yshani Perinpanayagam Director: Jenny Ogilvie
Members of Longborough’s Emerging Artist programme offer the first complete staging of the dramatic song cycle Spell Book; followed by The Liberation of Ruggiero, the earliest surviving opera written by a female composer.
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Booking opens 14 March 2022.
Book ahead with membership – join from £80.
Longborough Festival Opera, near Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0QF
Line up announced for The Guiting Music Festival 2022, including
The Galliard Ensemble, the Fantasia Orchestra with Alena Baeva, The Scott Brothers, Leon McCawley and Alexandra Whittingham
The 2022 Guiting Music Festival which runs from Friday July 22 to Sunday July 31, offers some top names from the classical and jazz world.
Now in its 51st year, this very popular music festival is held in the beautiful village of Guiting Power in the Cotswolds and celebrates over 10 days some of the best in classical, jazz and blues music, with several favourite artists returning and some new young up and coming musicians performing.
The classical programme begins on Tuesday July 26th with the
award-winning classical guitarist Alexandra Whittingham, whose videos on YouTube have exceeded 30 million views.
A special fundraising concert for the Ukraine Humanitarian Relief (UNHCR) is to be held on Wednesday July 27th with the conductor Tom Fetherstonhaugh and Fantasia Orchestra. Featuring chamber orchestra arrangements for ten players together with the superb concerto soloist Alena Baeva joining to play the epic Brahms Violin Concerto. Alena is most generously waiving her fee for the performance to boost the donation from ticket sales. An evening not to be missed.
One of Britain’s leading wind chamber groups, The Galliard Ensemble, performs on Thursday July 28th with a repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Berio and Birtwistle. On Friday 29th the festival is delighted to welcome back the very popular and Hon. Patrons of the GMF, the UK classical keyboard duo The Scott Brothers, playing the intriguing mix of harmonium and piano.
Saturday July 30th sees the acclaimed pianist Leon McCawley, professor of piano at the Royal College, with a recital of Haydn, Mozart and Schubert and described as “one of today’s most impeccably musical pianists.” International Piano Magazine
The classical evenings are followed by an afternoon of Blues music on Sunday afternoon
Ticket prices: Evening shows (6.30pm). £28
July 29 Fundraising show for the UNHCR. £35
Venue: Guiting Music Festival,
Glos GL54 5TX
Tickets & Information: www.guitingfestival.org
Patron His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
4th July : Music at Brecon
23rd July : St Mary and All Saints, Fotheringhay, Northants.
26th and 27th July : St Margaret's, Cley-next-the-Sea (for St Mary's, Wiveton), Norfolk
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GŴYL GREGYNOG FESTIVAL 2022
Saturday & Sunday, 25-26 June 2022
Gregynog Festival, the oldest classical music festival in Wales, returns with a feast of Midsummer music in the handsome setting of Gregynog Hall near Newtown in north Powys.
Highlights in the historic Music Room include recitals by the harpist Maximilian Ehrhardt on Saturday afternoon, 25 June, and the pianist Llŷr Williams on Sunday afternoon, 26 June.
Maximilian Ehrhardt is based in Berlin and specialises in playing historic harps including the Welsh triple harp. His pioneering CD None But the Brave (2020) combines traditional Welsh folk melodies with works by famous composers including Handel, Vivaldi and Corelli – music sourced from three manuscripts at the National Library of Wales which are associated with John Parry, the blind musician who worked as domestic harper to Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn of Wynnstay. Parry and other eighteenth-century Welsh harpers performed at prestigious and fashionable locations all over the UK, and Maximilian makes his Gregynog Festival début by playing some of the repertoire that demonstrates their skill.
Born in Pentrebychan, Llŷr Williams is widely admired for his profound musical intelligence, and for the expressive and communicative nature of his interpretations. An acclaimed performer of Beethoven, he makes a welcome return to Gregynog’s Music Room for the first time in ten years with a programme that begins with the ‘Pathétique’ Sonata before exploring compositions influenced by folksong by Tchaikovsky, Béla Bartók and Peter Warlock. Bartók visited Warlock at his family home, Cefnbryntalch Hall between Llandyssil and Montgomery, after making his UK public recital début at Aberystwyth on 16 March 1922, and Llŷr’s recital marks the centenary of these remarkable events.
Launching the 2022 Gregynog Festival season, Artistic Director Dr Rhian Davies said: “We would like to express our thanks to the Wales Cultural Recovery Fund for enabling us to safeguard the future of the Gregynog Festival during and beyond the pandemic. Many regular Festivalgoers have kept in close touch with us during this challenging time, and I know how much we have all missed the annual treat of hearing some of the world’s finest musicians perform for us here in mid Wales.
“Now that live events are able to resume, everybody is really looking forward to meeting at Gregynog once more for the Festival. The day programmes are designed to include a pre-concert talk and an opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea before each performance, so there will be plenty of time to catch up with friends as well as to enjoy the music.”
Gregynog Festival’s Box Office is now open and tickets and full information are available from www.gregynogfestival.org and 01686 207100.
For the latest news, you can join the mailing list via the Festival website and follow Gregynog Festival’s Facebook page and Twitter account @gregynogfest.
Gregynog Festival 2022
Saturday, 25 June 2022, 2.30pm
Senior Common Room, Gregynog
Rhian Davies, ‘By particular Desire’: Welsh musicians in Georgian Bath
Gregynog Festival’s Artistic Director reconstructs the eighteenth-century
world when Welsh exports to Bath included performers, composers and
impresarios as well as flannel, cobs and mutton. Recent research has revealed
that the ‘Celebrated Blind Harper’ John Parry gave a recital in the city,
and other notable visitors included the ‘Little Cambrian Prodigy’ Elizabeth
Randles and the ‘Infant Cambrian Harpist’ Master Hughes.
Saturday, 25 June 2022, 4.00pm
The Music Room, Gregynog
Maximilian Ehrhardt, triple harp
Making his Gregynog Festival début, the historical harpist presents a
programme of repertoire associated with Welsh harpers who performed in
Bath, including John Parry who played at Mr Hickford’s Great Room in 1765
and Evan Evans who appeared ‘By particular Desire’ at the Assembly Rooms
and Sydney Gardens from 1765-85.
Sunday, 26 June 2022, 2.30pm
Senior Common Room, Gregynog
Rhian Davies, ‘Baffling!’: Béla Bartók in Aberystwyth
On 16 March 1922, Béla Bartók made his UK public recital début in the Parish Hall, Aberystwyth (now Theatr y Castell). One hundred years on, Gregynog Festival’s Artistic Director considers this remarkable event, described by the Cambrian News as ‘an epoch-marking occurrence in the career of the music students’ and by Professor Walford Davies as ‘Baffling!’
Sunday, 26 June 2022, 4.00pm
The Music Room, Gregynog
Llŷr Williams, piano
The Welsh virtuoso makes a welcome return to Gregynog for the first time since 2011 with a programme including Beethoven’s ‘Pathétique’ Sonata plus repertoire by Tchaikovsky, Bartók and Warlock.
All tickets/events are subject to change dependent upon Government Covid guidelines. In the event of postponement or cancellation, all ticket holders will be contacted and offered a full refund.
Note to editors
Gregynog Festival was founded in 1933 by Gwendoline and Margaret Davies at their home Gregynog Hall, near Newtown in north Powys, and is now the oldest extant classical chamber music festival in Wales.
Gregynog Festival has hosted a remarkable roster of artists over the years including Jordi Savall and The Sixteen, plus world première performances of music by celebrated composers such as Gustav Holst and Eric Whitacre.
The Festival’s Board of Directors gratefully acknowledges the generous support of sponsors and partners to present concerts and community outreach events across our wide and deeply rural mid Wales catchment, including:
Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru
Gregynog Festival Patrons
Gwendoline and Margaret Davies Charity
Live Music Now
National Library of Wales
Peter Warlock Society
Stuart Jones Piano Sales
Town Council of Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn
Wales Cultural Recovery Fund
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Header photo: Nicholas Daniel - director of the Leicester International Music Festival