Brecon Baroque Festival, October 2011

Brecon Baroque Festival

This just in from Tim Cronin, the director for the Brecon Baroque Festival.

The Festival starts tomorrow, Thursday, with the Welsh Baroque Orchestra, directed by Andrew Wilson-Dickson and featuring local dancer and choreographer Katy Sinnadurai, along with her daughter Josie, in a new work specially designed for this year’s festival, which will be danced to Telemann’s Concerto in E minor for flute and recorder (soloists Claire Heaney and Owen Morse Brown). The concert also features Water Music by both Handel & Telemann as well as a CPE Bach symphony. Tickets are still available from Theatr Brycheiniog’s Box Office on 01874 611622.

On Friday we have Festival Evensong at Brecon Cathedral. Brecon Baroque (led by Rachel Podger) will begin with instrumental music at 5.30. Then there’s the Baroque Ball at Theatr Brycheiniog at 7.30 pm.

Saturday sees the BBF debut of one of Europe’s most exciting, up-and-coming chamber groups, Ensemble Meridiana, at 7.00pm at Theatr Brycheiniog. Again, tickets are still available, so do come along and see this young, multi-award-winning group.

Sunday is busy busy day: Festival Eucharist (cathedral) at 11.00am, a * lunchtime recital * (Christ College Chapel) at 1.00pm and Brecon Baroque with Elin Manahan Thomas & Rachel Podger (Theatr Brycheiniog) at 7.00pm.

* In a change to the advertised programme for Sunday lunchtime, Sian Winstanley (soprano) & Steven Gordon (baroque guitar) will present a programme of Songs from Shakespeare, including music by Morley, Dowland, Purcell & Arne. Claire Bracher, the viola da gambist, who was going to be giving a recital of music by Marais, Handel and Telemann, suffered a broken collar bone a few weeks ago and has, reluctantly, had to pull out of this year’s festival. We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming her next year. Ticket prices remain the same, there are still some tickets available, and I’m sure that Sian and Steven will give a wonderful recital.

Monday, as in previous years, sees the grand finale to the festival, the Brecon Baroque Festival Orchestra, South Powys Youth Orchestra, Sian Winstanley (soprano soloist), Alison McGillivray (cello soloist), Alexandra Bellamy (oboe) and Rachel Podger, Bojan Cicic, Johannes Pramsohler and Sabine Stoffer (violin soloists) at Theatr Brycheiniog at 7.00pm.

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The theatre bar will be open after every evening performance so do come and join us for a drink upstairs. We look forward to seeing you all over the weekend.

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