2014 Festival

Our ninth annual festival celebrated the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, arguably the musically ablest of Johann Sebastian’s sons.

In addition to the four concerts and two dance sessions, there were three free events for festival visitors: a walk around Brecon on the Saturday morning, a guided tour of Christ College on the Sunday evening and a pre-concert event with actor Ian Milton as Johann Sebastian Bach!

Friday 24 Oct 2014 – 7.00pm

Sing Unto The Lord!

Trinity Baroque with Brecon Baroque, directed by Julian Podger

  • Brecon Cathedral
  • Tickets: £20, £18

Cantatas and motets from the Bach family and their circle, including JS Bach’s “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied”

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Saturday 25 Oct 2014 – 11.00am

A walk around Brecon

Led by eminent local historian Edward Parry

  • Starts at the Castle of Brecon Hotel
  • Tickets: Free for festival visitors

During a one hour walk around Brecon, Edward will tell the story of the town’s rise from an early Norman fortress against the Welsh to a prosperous nineteenth-century market town.

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Saturday 25 Oct 2014 – 3.00pm

Baroque Dance Workshop

Led by Peter Brock (Dancing Master)

  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Tickets: Free to Tea Dance ticket holders

Come and learn the basic steps for the dances to be performed at the Baroque Tea Dance

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Saturday 25 Oct 2014 – 6.00pm

Pre-concert event

With actor Ian Milton

  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Tickets: Free for concert ticket holders

Actor Ian Milton - as Johann Sebastian Bach - tells you all you need to know about what lies behind A Musical Offering.

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Saturday 25 Oct 2014 – 7.00pm

A Musical Offering

Brecon Baroque, directed by Rachel Podger

  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Tickets: £22, £20

JS Bach’s “Musikalisches Opfer”, two Brandenburg Concertos and the intriguing story of Bach’s meeting with Frederick II

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Sunday 26 Oct 2014 – 11.00am

Festival Eucharist

Choir of Brecon Cathedral, directed by Mark Duthie

  • Brecon Cathedral

Players from the Festival join forces with the Cathedral choir and others to enhance normal Sunday worship

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Sunday 26 Oct 2014 – 2.30pm

Baroque Tea Dance

Led by Peter Brock (Dancing Master)

  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Tickets: £15

With Dancing Master Peter Brock, a Baroque Ensemble and tea and cakes!

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Sunday 26 Oct 2014 – 6.15pm

Guided tour of Christ College

  • Tickets: Free for festival visitors

A chance to see the ancient buildings of Christ College which are not normally open to the public.

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Sunday 26 Oct 2014 – 7.00pm

“In The Name Of Bach”

Bojan Cicic and Mahan Esfahani

  • Neuadd Goffa, Christ College
  • Tickets: £14, £12

Music for harpsichord and violin by CPE Bach and his contemporaries

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Monday 27 Oct 2014 – 7.00pm

“Father, Son and Godfather”

Brecon Baroque Festival Orchestra and Powys Youth Orchestra

  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Tickets: £16, £14

Orchestral suites, overtures and concertos by JS Bach, his sons and CPE’s godfather Telemann

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