Violinist Rachel Podger, fresh from collecting her Gramophone Magazine Award and opening the Bach Unwrapped Season at King’s Place in London last week, is now focusing on this year’s Brecon Baroque Festival (21-24 October) which takes ‘London’ as it theme for 2016.
This annual Festival brings world class music-making to Brecon for four days and this year features music from Thomas Tallis to J C Bach at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon Cathedral, Christ College Brecon, The Plough Chapel, Priory School and The Muse. Performances include a staged production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen directed by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden’s Young Artist stage director, Thomas Guthrie; a concert by Podger’s own “crack team”, Brecon Baroque with singer Robin Blaze; plus Trinity Baroque, Ystradivarious, and recorder player Tabea Debus.
As well as the concerts – which have sold out for the last two years so book your tickets quick – there is a programme of talks, guided walks, dance events, a pop-up café and a fringe festival.
For more information visit www.breconbaroquefestival.com
For tickets: 01874 611622 or online at www.theatrbrycheiniog.co.uk
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Some useful quotes:
“The Queen of the Baroque violin” – The Sunday Times
“Podger offers an intoxicating combination of power and grace” – Toronto Star
“There is probably no more inspirational musician working today than Rachel Podger” – Gramophone Magazine
“Rachel’s crack team, Brecon Baroque, delivers miracles of virtuosity” – The Observer
Images: K Miura and Jonas Sacks