Brecon Baroque Festival 2016-21st-24th October

Brecon is a delightful town situated in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is a wonderful place to come and stay, particularly with the beautiful colours of autumn all around you – even without a stunning musical festival! The 2016 festival explores the music of Henry Purcell, his contemporaries and his musical context. As well as the concert programme there will be a rich programme of talks, guided walks (Monday morning / afternoon) and the Baroque Tea Dance. Their pop-up cafe this year (Saturday / Sunday) will be inspired by London’s Restoration coffee-houses.

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Overview
We open on Friday 21 October with Purcell’s Fairy Queen (a nod to Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary), Robin Blaze joins Brecon Baroque on Saturday evening, and on Sunday 23 October Trinity Baroque thrill us with a celebration of Thomas Tallis including his mass ‘Puer Natus Est’. We are delighted to welcome the acclaimed young recorder player Tabea Debus for her Brecon Baroque debut, and the new Welsh Baroque ensemble Ystradivarius.

As well as the concert programme we have a rich programme of talks, a guided walk (Monday morning and afternoon) and dance events as well as the Festival’s pop-up cafe Will’s Coffee House (Saturday and Sunday).

We are also thrilled that the Brecon Baroque Fringe established last year by Gillian Ingham will be taking place again: please see their website for full details of events.

Programme

Friday 21 Oct 2016 – 7.00pm

Henry Purcell: The Fairy QueenHenry Purcell: The Fairy Queen

  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Tickets: £22 (concessions £20 / under 18s free)

Stage direction by Thomas Guthrie, Musical direction by Julian Podger, Brecon Baroque directed by Rachel Podger, Trinity Baroque, Sarah Dowling (choreographer/dancer), Eleri Lloyd (designer).

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Saturday 22 Oct 2016 – 10.00am

Baroque Dance WorkshopBaroque Dance Workshop

  • Priory School
  • Tickets: Free to those attending the Tea Dance

Prepare for the afternoon Tea Dance with Dancing Master Peter Brock.

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Saturday 22 Oct 2016 – 1.00pm

Lunchtime recital by YstradivariusLunchtime recital by Ystradivarius

  • Christ College Chapel
  • Tickets: £10 (concessions £8 / under 18s free)

J. C. Bach: brother and inspiration – chamber music by J. C. Bach, J. C. F. Bach and Mozart.

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Saturday 22 Oct 2016 – 3.00pm

Baroque Tea DanceBaroque Tea Dance

  • Theatr Brycheiniog Studio
  • Tickets: £10

Period dance, including Jacob’s Hall Jig, tea and cakes with Dancing Master Peter Brock and a trio of musicians.

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Sunday 23 Oct 2016 – 3.00pm

Tabea Debus and friendsTabea Debus and friends

  • The Plough Chapel, Lion Street
  • Tickets: £10 (concessions £8 / under 18s free)

Continental Connections from J. S. Bach to Geminiani. Tabea Debus (recorder), Alexander Rolton (baroque cello), Tom Foster (harpsichord).

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Sunday 23 Oct 2016 – 7.00pm

Trinity Baroque – A Birthday FeastTrinity Baroque - A Birthday Feast

  • Brecon Cathedral
  • Tickets: £15 (concessions £12.50 / under 18s free)

A festive celebration of Thomas Tallis with his mass ‘Puer Natus Est’ interspersed with motets and songs by Tallis and his peers.

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Monday 24 Oct 2016 – 10.30am

Brecon Beacons Guided WalkBrecon Beacons Guided Walk

  • Meet at the Mountain Centre car park (pay & display)
  • Tickets: Free

Explore the archaeological heritage of Mynydd Illtud with Peter Brock.

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Monday 24 Oct 2016 – 1.30pm

Brecon Beacons Guided WalkBrecon Beacons Guided Walk

  • Meet at the Mountain Centre car park (pay & display)
  • Tickets: Free

Explore the archaeological heritage of Mynydd Illtud with Peter Brock.

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Monday 24 Oct 2016 – 7.00pm

Brecon Baroque Festival OrchestraBrecon Baroque Festival Orchestra

  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Tickets: £16 (concessions £14 / under 18s free)

Handel’s Water Music and Oboe Concerto plus music by Charles Avison and Purcell.

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Find out more and get your tickets here!

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