A programme of Handel, J. S. Bach, Geminiani, Mossi and Corelli make up this year’s Brecon Baroque Festival which focuses on the theme of ‘The Roman Connection’.
The four-day festival, taking place from 25 to 28 October, is directed by Rachel Podger, who spoke of the influences she has encountered in putting together the programme for the 2013 festival: ‘This year, my violin has taken me across Europe, North America and Asia as well as in and out of the recording studio and I have been lucky enough to work with some of the world’s finest musicians. It always gives me real pleasure to bring some of them home to my front door on the world, the Brecon Beacons. In true Italian form, these four days promise to be a real feast for the senses.’
The festival will open on 25 October at Brecon Cathedral (pictured) with Handel’s Theodora, performed by the festival’s resident ensemble Brecon Baroque and directed by Mark Duthie. The following evening, a concert of Bach’s cantatas and concertos will take place at the Theatr Brycheiniog, featuring performances from countertenor Robin Blaze and festival director Rachel Podger.
On Sunday 27 October, Mark Duthie will lead The Baroque Strings from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in festival eucharist at Brecon Cathedral. In the afternoon, attendees are invited to a baroque tea dance, hosted by dancemaster Peter Brock and accompanied by the Playford Baroque Trio. Ensemble Diderot perform an evening concert entitled ‘All Roads Lead to Rome’ at Christ College Brecon with a programme of instrumental work from seventeenth-century composers working in and around Rome during the period. The closing concert, directed by Podger, will feature works by Corelli and Handel.
The festival, in its eighth year, will also feature performances by violinist Johannes Pramsohler, bass Giles Underwood, tenor Julian Podger and harpsichordist Marcin Światkiewicz.