21-26 August 2014
Festival overview2014 is certainly shaping up to be another exciting year in the life of the Presteigne Festival.
- Staging the Past, an exciting new education programme, will bring a brand new children’s opera to Presteigne in July 2014. Composer Liz Lane and librettist David Lewis will take the Battle of Bryn Glas, Pilleth as their subject in a piece will have parts for professional singers, a chorus of local school children and a professional instrumental ensemble.
- The Festival proper will have a strong Polish flavour; we not only celebrate the centenary of Anglo-Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik, but also include important music by Penderecki, Lutosławski, Górecki and Bacewicz, and feature works by two successful younger generation Polish composers – Paweł Łukaszewski and Maciej Zielinski.Other exciting ingredients include composer-in-residence Stephen McNeff, a celebration of John McCabe's seventy-fifth birthday and the inclusion of music from Welsh composers commemorating the Dylan Thomas centenary.
- 2014 sees a particularly strong crop of commissions, with special prominence given to vocal and choral pieces – a new Requiem for soloists, chorus and orchestra from Paweł Łukaszewski, an unaccompanied choral work from Lynne Plowman and Lie Still – a cycle of three songs by Toby Young to words by Dylan Thomas. There is a string quartet And the Snow did Lie from Hilary Tann, a work for clarinet and piano from Daniel Kidane (the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society/Presteigne Festival Alan Horne memorial commission) and Ilid Jones will premiere a new Oboe Concerto by Stephen McNeff.
- After the great success of Nova Music Opera’s double-bill at the 2013 Festival, the company return again in 2014 with another chamber opera double-bill – Airborne by Cecilia McDowall (drawn from the diaries and logbooks from World War I, this follows the story of a young pilot in the Royal Flying Corps and his poignant love for the young girl he left behind him) and Prometheus Drowned by Stephen McNeff (the strange story of the death of the poet Shelley, who ventured out to sea in a sailing boat in Italy and was never seen again).
- The 2014 Presteigne October Tour will be undertaken by the clarinet and piano team of Kate Romano and Richard Uttley, with concerts already arranged in Birmingham, Bristol and Cheltenham.
As usual there will be plenty of supporting events including exhibitions, talks, poetry and very much more.
- Artists for 2014 include: the Leonore Piano Trio, the Cavaleri Quartet, Benjamin Nabarro (violin), Gemma Rosefield (cello), Richard Uttley (piano), Ilid Joines (oboe), Kate Romano (clarinet), Clare McCaldin (mezzo-soprano), Christopher Foster (bass-baritone), Chris Hopkins (piano), Rachel Wick (harp), the Joyful Company of Singers under their director Peter Broadbent, together with the Presteigne Festival Orchestra under Artistic Director, George Vass.
The full programme will be available on the website at the end of April 2014, when free brochures will be available from:
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