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The BBC Music Magazine Festival & Performance Guide contains a wide range of classical music festivals to suit all tastes. Use the tabs below to find the perfect festival for you this year, whether you're in the UK, Europe or anywhere else in the world!

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Stavanger Chamber Music Festival

August 07th-12th. 2018

We're an annual international festival that present world class chamber music and the best of classical musicians. Our festival is an oasis for busy musicians. Here, they live together for an entire August week, forming an extended family where they work, eat, and play together. Their joy in the inspiring togetherness shines out to the concert audience. Participants soon began to acknowledge the chamber music festival in Stavanger as one of the world’s best chamber music festivals. The festival has expanded the knowledge of classical pearls, opened for meetings with less well-known music, and in addition nurtured a culture where contemporary music has its natural place.

Tel: +47 9326 8993

Festival Musikdorf Ernen 2018 | In Motion

29 June – 26 August 2018

Founded by piano master György Sebök, the Festival Musikdorf Ernen will celebrate its 45th season in 2018. Located in Ernen, Switzerland, and surrounded by the stunning nature of the Alps, the festival offers highclass concerts in a harmonious, intimate and nonchalant atmosphere. Focussing on baroque, chamber, and piano music, as well as classic‐jazz crossovers, the upcoming season will present 32 concerts with an international scope of superb artists. Under the theme In Motion, the festival will explore interconnections and reciprocal impacts between orchestral and dance music. Furthermore, Ernen offers literature courses, i.e. given by the crime‐novel writer Donna Leon.

Tel: +41 27 971 1000

Cheltenham Music Festival

30 June-15 July 2018

The 74th Cheltenham Music Festival brings the very best of classical music to the widest possible audience. A star-studded line-up includes a Festival debut from Maxim Vengerov, András Schiff with the OAE, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Sarah Connolly, James Gilchrist, Mahan Esfahani, Steven Isserlis, Benjamin Grosvenor and The King’s Singers plus Sir Mark Elder and Louise Alder with The Hallé and Martyn Brabbins with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The Festival marks the anniversaries of Leonard Bernstein, Claude Debussy and Hubert Parry as well as the world premières of Joseph Phibbs’ chamber opera, Juliana, a retelling of Hansel & Gretel by Matthew Kaner and Simon Armitage; four Quartet premières by the Ligeti Quartet; and Festival commissions from Gavin Higgins, Eddie Parker, Kenneth Hesketh and Richard Blackford. Mahan Esfahani, Dame Sarah Connolly and friends open the Festival with a weekend dedicated to Bach in the converted medieval Tithe Barn at Syde Manor.

Tel: 01242 850270

Portsmouth Festivities

15-24 June 2018

For 10 days, during the middle of June we capture imaginations, celebrate diversity and deliver over a 100 Citywide experiences. 2018 marks the nineteenth anniversary of Portsmouth Festivities and the theme for this year's festivities is FREEDOM. Portsmouth Festivities is privileged to work with creatively diverse venues and organisations throughout the city. Every year, the Festivities celebrates the best of Portsmouth and offer creative individuals and organisations the chance to showcase their work.

Tickets for the Festivities go on sale Friday 16 March 2018. For more information go to www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk

Tel: (023) 9268 1390

Ryedale Festival

13th – 29th July 2018

‘Yorkshire’s boldest festival’ (The Times) brings great music and top-class performers to beautiful and historic venues, in a unique and friendly atmosphere amid idyllic North Yorkshire countryside.

Highlights of the 2018 programme include concerts given by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and Orchestra of Opera North, along with a new production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte.

Artists in residence include the Albion Quartet, Chineke!, Fretwork, I Fagiolini and Judith Weir. Soloists include Richard Goode, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Gabriela Montero, Rachel Podger, Benjamin Appl, Tamsin Waley-Cohen and many more.

Tel: 01751 475777

Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival

21-24 June 2018

The 2018 Festival celebrates 20 years of performances of the finest chamber music, with internationally acclaimed artists including Dénes Várjon and the Navarra String Quartet joining Co Directors Anthony Marwood and Richard Lester for four days of glorious concerts in a beautiful corner of Sussex.

YORK EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL

6 – 14 July

The 2018 festival takes the theme of Power & Politics - one of the most seductive, intoxicating and pertinent subjects of our age, exploring music (and musicians) from the tangle of the medieval Popes to the time of Beethoven. Guests include Brecon Baroque directed by violinist Rachel Podger; viol virtuoso Paolo Pandolfo; The Sixteen directed by Harry Christophers and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny with her ‘Theatre of the Ayre’. Highlights also include a showcase of exceptional young talented ensembles from across Europe.

Tel: 01904 658338

Cambridge Piano Weekend

Exciting new piano festival with the aim of continuing and perpetuating the pianistic ideas and ideals of the legendary french-swiss pianist Alfred CORTOT. In 2018, it is with great pleasure that the highly esteemed pianist Cristina ORTIZ will be playing a full evening piano recital on Friday 14th September and teaching individually and in public Masterclasses-Studentclasses over the weekend.

With the participation in 2018 of world-famous pianist Cristina ORTIZ: full evening piano recital by Cristina ORTIZ on Friday 14th September in Recital Hall at Anglia Ruskin University individual tuition and public Masterclass-Studentclasses individual practise facilities Limited to nine places Opportunity to perform in up to two public concerts on Saturday 15th September and Sunday 16th September Steinway model D concert grand piano in ‘state of the art’ modern recital hall Most promising pianist to be offered a full lunchtime recital in the Mumford Theatre Recital Series at Anglia Ruskin University

Full participation: £285 - daily participation possible Some bursary support available for full-time students

Machynlleth Festival

2018 Festival Dates : 19-26 August 2018 2018 Festival Dates : 19-26 August 2018 2018 Festival Dates : 19-26 August 2018 2018 Festival Dates : 19-26 August 2018 Held in the beautiful market town in mid-Wales, the first three days of the Festival, curated by Dennis Jones, present a feast of the very best of Welsh music. The concerts that come after include Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata, Dvorak’s Dumky Trio, Poulenc’s heart-wrenching drama La Voix Humaine, Brahms’ second String Sextet, Schumann’s Piano Quartet and lunchtime programmes devoted to two of our artistic directors favourite composers, Beethoven and Rachmaninov.

Tel: 01654 703355

Cambridge Summer Recitals

• Joanna MacGregor who is giving a concert for this year’s Festival at 7.30pm on Saturday 14 July at West Road Concert Hall. Her programme includes Chopin Mazurkas as well as Beethoven’s 32 Variations in C minor and his ‘Appassionata' Sonata - plus some other works by Ginastera, Gubaldulina and Say. • The Brodsky Quartet - who are performing on Friday 13 July, 7.30pm. They are doing their innovative Wheel of 4Tunes programme - in which the pieces are chosen by the spin of a wheel! More info at : www.hazardchase.co.uk/productions/wheel-of-4-tunes

Tel: Cambridge Live Box Office Tel: 01223 357851

Dartington International Summer School

28 July – 25 Aug 2018 Artistic Director, Joanna MacGregor programmes its world famous summer school for both professional musicians and music students. Your chance to play with some of the most celebrated musicians in the beautiful South Devon countryside. In the early evening, Dartington transforms into a concert hall: we throw open the doors of the magnificent medieval Great Hall and present music of all kinds.

Tel: +44 (0)1803 847080

London Moonlight Symphony Orchestra at St Johns Smith square

22 June 2018 at 7:30 PM

Enjoy a classical concert showcasing vocal and orchestral performances by the London Moonlight Symphony Orchestra. The London Moonlight Symphony Orchestra returns to England after its tour recently in Vienna at 'Wiener Konzerthaus' to perform at St Johns Smith square. This is an renowned world Orchestra with its base in London, Amsterdam and Vienna'

Repertoire:

W.A Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A K622 was one of the final completed works written by Mozart two months before he died. The concerto is notable for its delicate interplay between soloist and Orchestra. The soloist for this performance is Jorge Ripoll, a Spanish Clarinetist who is currently completing his Master’s degree at the 2nd World's prestigious Music conservatoires the Royal College of Music.

G. Verdi La Traviata, the fallen woman, is an opera of three acts. The main artist in this performance acts as Violeta and this character speaks to our universal nature. Among soloists is Charles Johnston, British baritone leads the two young soloists on this concerts Isolda Da Costa Soares, soprano and John Clapham, tenor.

North York Moors Chamber Music Festival

12th–25th August 2018
Entering its tenth year, the renowned North York Moors Chamber Music Festival focuses upon a celebration of British composers through a slightly different lens. The repertoire explores a more turbulent and less bucolic aspect of British music, woven throughout with the forgotten story surrounding Michael Tippett who lived and worked in the National Park during the mid1930s. The festival also celebrates local artists and photographers, historical buildings and breath taking beauty from surrounding landscapes and coastline. Capacity audiences and eleven concerts in all, this promises to be another unique experience for both musicians and concert goers.

Tel: 077598 56781/077598 56781

LLANDEILO FAWR FESTIVAL OF MUSIC 14 -21 JULY 2018

Founded in 2001 the Llandeilo Festival has established a reputation as one of the best ‘smaller’ festivals in the country, successfully attracting instrumentalists, singers and choirs of a truly international calibre to this small country town in Carmarthenshire. This year’s exciting programme will see the return of the Allegri Quartet, some of whose members will be joined by pianist Peter Donahoe in a performance of Schubert’s ‘Trout’ quintet. The Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition prizewinner will also become the latest in a long line of distinguished piano virtuosi to perform at the Festival.

Tel: 01269 594303; 01668 822410

Rye Arts Festival 2018

We are thrilled that Alison Moncrieff-Kelly has joined Rye Arts Festival as our new director of classical music.

Alison is bringing a raft of new ideas and big name international stars to this year’s Festival from 15th – 30th September 2018.

As a taster of what’s going to be on a brilliant menu we can reveal that Alison has booked Dame Emma Kirkby for a not-to-missed concert at St Mary’s Church on Friday 28th September. Alison is also working with Alistair Kitchen, who has brought six operas to Rye in recent years. And this year’s opera is going to be something really special!

We will be announcing this year’s artistes in the following weeks and months. Keep an eye on this website, on our blog, Facebook and Twitter account and Alison’s own website for the latest exciting news.

Tel: 01797 224442

Newbury Spring Festival

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Newbury Spring Festival continues its ethos of presenting some of the very best young musical stars alongside some of the world’s most distinguished and famous names. Staged in some amazing venues in and around Newbury, the 2018 Festival , which runs from 12 to 26 May, includes artists from the world of classical, jazz, opera, choral, folk, dance and world music. Highlights this year include the UK premiere performance of a newly discovered Alma Mahler song performed by Rozanna Madylus and Counterpoise, the Philharmonia Orchestra with Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Sir John Tomlinson, Kabantu, YolanDa Brown, Solomon’s Knot and Clare Teal.

Tel: 0845 5218 218

Clerkenwell International Music Series

The newly established Clerkenwell International Music Series is the first of its kind in the area of Clerkenwell, featuring a sophisticated choice of performing musicians from all over Europe. With its two to three concerts per month held on a Wednesday evening (7:30 pm), the series strives to contribute to the cultural variety of this lively corner of London, as well as to deliver excellence through the high level achieved in its performances. The recitals are held at the Priory, a stunning venue belonging to the Museum of the Order of St John at the heart of old London.

Leeds Lieder Festival

The annual Leeds Lieder Festival celebrates art-song, poetry and community, bringing world-class artists to the city for an enthralling and varied recital programme alongside an ambitious education programme, and interactive events for children, poets and amateur singers.

Directed by Joseph Middleton, Leeds Lieder is the only Festival of its kind in the north of England, placing song at the centre of the cultural landscape, championing the Lieder art-form, and growing audiences.

Throughout the year Leeds Lieder also presents a concert season and produces education projects for primary and secondary schools, inspiring hundreds of children to discover and perform the genre.

Tel: 0113 234 6956

2018 Leamington Music Festival Weekend

4-8 May 2018

The annual festival is primarily of Czech music featuring the Prazak String Quartet, Guarneri Piano Trio, violinist Jana Novakova and pianist Martin Kasik plus Ensemble 360 with Radio 3 recording the first three evening concerts. Michael Collins and the Piatti String Quartet include Bliss’s Clarinet Quintet, Jack McNeill, David Le Page and Viv McLean introduce some Elgar, Debussy and Stravinsky and Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside end the eleven concert event with Schubert’s Schwanengesang.

Tel: 01926 497000

George Enescu International Competition

Celebrating 60 years of activity in 2018, the George Enescu International Competition aims to promote young instrumentalists in violin, cello and piano, as well as talented composers, looking to make a name for themselves on the international stage.

The opportunities for competition applicants are significant. With over 40 recitals and concerts and a total prize value of 115.000 euro spread over each of the categories, along with the opportunity to play with renowned conductors in the finalists’ concerts, the competition has a lot to offer young musicians.

For more details, enter the competition website: https://www.festivalenescu.ro/en/

Adam Chamber Music Festival

2019 International Chamber Music Festival

31 January to 9th February 2019 in Nelson, New Zealand

Featuring the Jerusalem Quartet, Dénes Varjon, the New Zealand String Quartet, Anthony Marwood, Sergey Malov and many more.

Wonderful collaborative chamber music. An excitingly different concert programme with International artists joining New Zealand's best to perform in beautiful venues renowned for their acoustics. Escape to a summer festival experience staged in the scenic resort town of Nelson - famous for it's wine, seafood and wild places.

Programme launch and ticket sales 1st October 2018

The London Festival of Baroque Music 2018 | Treasures of the Grand Siècle

This year, the London Festival of Baroque Music welcomes its first Guest Artistic Director, Sébastien Daucé, and crosses the Channel to immerse itself in the music of the French Baroque.

The Festival (11-19 May) brings together leading artists such as Le Poème Harmonique and Vincent Dumestre, La Nuova Musica with Iestyn Davies MBE, Capriccio Stravagante with Skip Sempé, and Sébastien Daucé’s own group, Ensemble Correspondances.

Grand statements include Charpentier’s Te Deum in Westminster Abbey and the UK premiere of Le Concert Royal de la Nuit, representing the event that saw Louis XIV emerge as the Sun King in 1653.

Tel: 020 7222 1061

Oxford Chamber Music Festival

3rd - 7th October 2018

OCMF in its 18th year under founder and artistic director violinist Priya Mitchell continues to generate musical electricity like few other Festivals. For an intensive week, a group of Europe’s most vital collaborative musicians work day-and-night preparing themed concerts. Sparks fly as players combine to galvanise lost masterpieces and pinnacles of the repertoire in the spirit of improvisation. Themes like this year’s ELEMENTS have imported sounds, soul and energy from far beyond the classical mainstream – India, Syria, Argentina. 2018 we welcome Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Sally Beamish, Nicolas Altstaedt, Vilde Frang, Sam Lee and many more.

Website: http://ocmf.net/

BUDLEIGH MUSIC FESTIVAL

July13th -21st, 2018.

A week of classical music in Budleigh Salterton, on the East Devon coast. The programme includes orchestral, chamber, solo and choral performances by leading international musicians, complemented by free lunchtime concerts by local and early-career artists. This year’s highlights include the Festival Wind Players and Orchestra, the Apollo 5 choral ensemble, Sunwook Kim, Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason, the Merlin Ensemble Vienna, the Chiaroscuro Quartet led by Alina Ibragimova, and Jess Gillam on saxophone.

Online booking available from May 14th at www.ticketsource.co.uk

Tel: 01395 445275

Sound Festival

24 Oct - 3 Nov 2018

Scotland’s celebrated festival of new music, soundfestival, returns to north-east Scotland in 2018. Inviting you on a sonic adventure, soundfestival takes audiences on a journey of discovery exploring new music in unique and iconic venues across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. soundfestival features world-class artists, new music from prominent composers, ground-breaking performances from some of the most exciting and cutting edge contemporary music ensembles, talks, workshops and more. 2018 featured artists and composers include Icebreaker, Ensemble Klang, 2e2m, Red Note Ensemble, Garth Knox, Sally Beamish, Diana Burrell, Oscar Strasnoy and more to be announced.

Tel: 01330 826526

Oxford Piano Festival

The Oxford Piano Festival combines a world-class concert series and a programme of public masterclasses for talented young pianists. For the 20th anniversary, we welcome back the Patron and the President of the Festival, Alfred Brendel and Sir András Schiff respectively. Brendel will lecture on Mozart, and Schiff will perform the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II. Other highlights include Piotr Anderszewski’s Diabelli Variations, Chopin’s first piano concerto with Seong-Jin Cho and the Oxford Philharmonic, Anne Queffélec’s Festival debut and tenor Nicky Spence performing lieder with Julius Drake. Also returning are Richard Goode and Menahem Pressler, the Festival’s most frequent visiting recitalist. Tickets on sale here

Tel: 01865 980 980

The Iford Arts Festival 2018

Our 2018 season offers jazz, swing and party music, a cloister concert and three stunning new opera productions. All this, in combination with picnics, a captivating garden and cloister hidden in its Shangri-La valley create an irresistible summer music festival.

Be quick! Tickets are selling like hot cakes.

Tel: 01225 448844

Swaledale Festival - 26 May to 9 June 2018

Swaledale Festival is an award-winning two-week summer festival which brings international quality music and arts to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and provides a platform for local talent. Events take place in charming venues - from village churches and halls to theatres and castles. The Festival commissions new music and artworks, supports emerging performers, and works extensively in arts education.

The 2018 programme features performances of Bach’s Goldberg Variations by both Angela Hewitt and Mahan Esfahani, and appearances by The Hallé, Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band, Jennifer Pike, Sacconi Quartet with James Gilchrist, Craig Ogden, Gary Ryan, Catrin Finch, Seckou Keita, Martin Roscoe with wind soloists from the EU Chamber Orchestra, Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Dodo Street Band, Marian Consort, David Owen Norris, The Young’uns, Syrian musician Maya Youssef and mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, as well as theatre, poetry, dance, comedy, film, workshops, art exhibitions, talks and guided walks.

Tel: 01748 880018

New Ross Piano Festival

In 2018 the New Ross Piano Festival sees the Irish debut of two very different pianists: Anne-Marie McDermott , “one of the great American pianists of her generation”, who has a major career as soloist and chamber musician in the USA and beyond but has never played in her ancestral home of Ireland; and the Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu , recently named by International Piano Magazine as ‘one of 30 pianists under 30 destined for a spectacular career’. Anne-Marie, Alexandra and the festival’s Artistic Director Finghin Collins will be joined by outstanding Bulgarian violinist Svetlin Roussev and French cellist Marc Coppey for performances of three glorious piano trios.

The weekend coffee concerts will be given by François Dumont from France and Marcos Madrigal from Cuba. Waterford pianist Billy O’Brien will fill the new Friday coffee concert slot, a free event specifically geared towards students. David Greilsammer will perform his fascinating late-night programme, Labyrinth.

Our Jazz Piano Day on Thursday September 27th, features the Phil Ware Trio and the Swedish pianist and composer Lars Jansson , who is acclaimed throughout Europe for his eclectic performances and improvisations.

St. Mary’s Church in New Ross, Co Wexford in the closing days of September is the place to be to enjoy a great range of piano music! Booking at 00353 51 421255 or online at www.stmichaelsnewross.com from July. More information at 00353 51 421766, at www.newrosspianofestival.com and on our Facebook page.

Tel: 00353 51 421255

The Grange Festival, Hampshire.

7th June – 8th July

Following a season of 5* reviews, The Grange Festival is presenting three new productions for June 2018. Rossini’s comic masterpiece The Barber of Seville is conducted by Rossini specialist David Parry and reunites a creative team with many sparkling hits behind them. Anna Bonitatibus returns to The Grange as Agrippina, Handel’s scintillating satire on Ancient Rome about one of opera’s most outrageous leading ladies. Mozart’s ever popular and witty Abduction from the Seraglio is directed by John Copley with a new English translation to reflect this light-hearted but moving piece.

Tel: 01962 791020

English Haydn Festival

6th to 10th June 2018

International soloists will feature at the English Haydn Festival, including the celebrated trumpet player Crispian Steele Perkins, violin virtuoso Simon Standage, violoncellist Pavel Serbin, oboist Anthony Robson and flautistEva Caballero. In addition, The Eighteenth Century Concert Orchestra will feature music by the composer and Royal Astronomer William Herschel with narration by astrophysicist Professor Andy Newsam, fitting the Festival’s theme of :- “Haydn’s World: A Voyage of Discovery”, with performances of his symphonies, and music by Beethoven, Boccherini, and Albrechtsberger, including a trumpet concerto by Hummel, a C. P. E. Bach Flute concerto, and Weigle’s Cello concerto, with the orchestra performing on period instruments and conducted by the distinguished director Steven Devine. Lunchtime and evening Chamber concerts feature the Trio Isimsiz, the Salomon String Quartet, the English Haydn Ensemble and the Consone Quartet. Evening concerts include six Haydn symphonies and his choral masterpiece “The Creation”conducted by John Moore.

Tel: 07547 289704

PURBECK INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

30 August - 2 September 2018

2018 is set to be the biggest year yet for PICMF. The idea of journeying and a sense of coming home has inspired our artistic director Natalie Clein and this year’s programming. The Festival begins with one of the most intense and moving of all musical journeys, Schubert’s Winterreise. Programme highlights will include the beauty of Mahler’s Wayfarer songs in the chamber music version arranged by Schoenberg, the joyous Beethoven Septet and the all-time favourite chamber music piece of many, Schubert’s A major piano quintet ‘The Trout’.

Interspersed throughout the festival, Syrian Oud player and singer Ibrahim Keivo will bring his unique voice and soul to the programmes. He will be joined by historian Philip Mansel who will give a lecture on Aleppo.

The Festival marks the 70th birthday of a highly respected British composer Brian Elias with a new commission and screening of premier of the film made by Barrie Gavin about Brian’s life and work.

The spoken word is also an important part of the Festival and we have actor Rory Kinnear joining us this year.

Masterclasses will also take place during the Festival weekend. See website for details.

Longborough Festival Opera 2018

6 June – 2 August

Enjoy spectacular opera inside one of the UK’s finest country opera houses – and in the interval, find a spot in the grounds to picnic with a view of the beautiful Cotswold landscape. The 2018 Festival includes Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, Verdi’s La traviata, Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea.

Members book first – join today from £60. Tickets on public sale 5 March 2018 from £35.

Tel: 01451 830292

Oxford Lieder Festival

The Oxford Lieder Festival, among the leading international festivals of classical song and winner of a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award, attracts the world's greatest artists. This year's Festival traverses Europe in a musical feast that explores a rich tapestry of works from across the continent. The historic city of Oxford provides a stunning backdrop for a fortnight comprising upwards of 100 events including song recitals, chamber and choral concerts, lectures, masterclasses, workshops and more.

01865 591276 (Mon-Fri, 12-5pm)

Autumn in Malvern 2018

Classical Music Literature Visual Arts

Tel: 01684 892277

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