Brecon resident Rachel Podger, one of the world’s finest violinists – credited by the New York Times this summer for her “magnificent violin playing” – is staging this year’s Brecon Baroque Festival between 26 and 29 October 2012 at Brecon Theatre, Christ College and Brecon Cathedral.
The Festival is a long weekend celebration of authentic period music from Monteverdi to Mozart performed by a roster of international stars including Rachel, soprano Sian Winstanley, bass Giles Underwood, oboist Alexandra Bellamy, cellist Alison McGillivray and tenor and choral director, Julian Podger. These soloists are supported by a cross-section of prize ensembles including Brecon Baroque, Trinity Baroque, Quintessential Sackbut & Cornett Ensemble and the Brecon Cathedral Lay Clerks. The weekend’s celebrations also include Festival Eucharist at Brecon Cathedral and the popular Baroque Ball.
Commenting on this year’s plans, Rachel Podger said: “After a summer of sporting brilliance, what better way to break yourself gently into winter with a weekend listening to some of the world’s finest musical athletes. It’s always a pleasure to welcome such a wealth of talent to Brecon for the weekend and we can’t wait for what promises to be a real gem of a Festival this year.
“Due to popular demand, not only will our big JS Bach concert be on Saturday night this time but we have also invited back some Festival favourites. Julian Podger returns with Trinity Baroque to perform Monteverdi’s 1640 Vespers in the Cathedral and the lovely young Welsh soprano Sian Winstanley gives a solo song recital at Christ College Brecon.
For full details of concerts, artists, venues and tickets. Or Have a look at the Brecon Theatre’s website where you can book tickets.
Have a really special weekend away and stay at Gliffaes (we are about 10 miles from Brecon) and go to one of the events at the Baroque Festival. Check availability at Gliffaes and book on line.