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Our 12th Festival celebrates Vivaldi and explores the music of Venice.

Five landmark concerts with Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque, I Fagiolini, Ensemble Diderot and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama frame a long weekend which also includes a pop-up café - Caffe Florian - with live chamber music, Festival Evensong and Eucharist at Brecon Cathedral, a guided walk plus tour of Penpont House in the Usk Valley and our annual Baroque dance events.

Thursday 26 Oct 2017 – 6.00pm

Choral Evensong at Brecon Cathedral

With Brecon Cathedral Choir directed by Stephen Power

Join us in this beautiful and ancient Cathedral for choral evensong with the Cathedral Choir featuring sacred music from Venice accompanied by organ and string quartet.

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Friday 27 Oct 2017 – 7.00pm

The Other Vespers: I Fagiolini

I Fagiolini directed by Robert Hollingworth

  • Brecon Cathedral
  • Tickets: £20 (concessions £18 / under 18s free)

I Fagiolini make their BBF debut with a programme of ravishing choral music celebrating Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary.

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Saturday 28 Oct 2017 – 10.00am

Baroque Dance Workshop

  • Priory Church in Wales School, Brecon
  • Tickets: Free to those attending the Tea Dance

Led by Dancing Master Peter Brock, this free workshop introduces the dances featured in the afternoon Baroque Tea Dance and provides an informal opportunity to learn from scratch or refresh dancing skills.

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Saturday 28 Oct 2017 – 10.30am

Caffe Florian at the Muse

  • The Muse, Glamorgan Street

Open from 10.30am to 4.30pm

Pop-up performances, Venetian-inspired design and fabulous food and drink provided by the award winning The Hours café.

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Saturday 28 Oct 2017 – 1.00pm

RWCMD Symphonic Brass

“Echoes of St Mark’s”

  • Brecon Cathedral
  • Tickets: £8 (under 18s free)

Music by Giovanni Gabrieli, Andrea Gabrieli and Michael Praetorius.

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Saturday 28 Oct 2017 – 3.00pm

Baroque Tea Dance

  • Theatr Brycheiniog Studio
  • Tickets: £12

Period dance and delicious afternoon tea with Dancing Master Peter Brock and the BBF Tea Dance Trio.

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Saturday 28 Oct 2017 – 7.00pm

Brecon Baroque directed by Rachel Podger

“Harmony and Invention”

  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Tickets: £22 (concessions £20 / under 18s free)

Including Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, concertos by Vivaldi, Bach and Legrenzi’s La Cetra.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 – 10.30am

Caffe Florian at the Muse

  • The Muse, Glamorgan Street

Open from 10.30am to 4.30pm

Pop-up performances, Venetian-inspired design and fabulous food and drink provided by the award winning The Hours café.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 – 7.00pm

Ensemble Diderot

“From Canzona to Sonata: the Chamber Music of Venice”

  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Tickets: £16 (concessions £14 / under 18s free)

“… clean, lyrical virtuosity … Diderot’s one-to-a-part readings on original instruments are truly superb.” (Gramophone)

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Monday 30 Oct 2017 – 10.00am

Usk Valley Guided Walk

  • Meet at Trallong Village Hall
  • Tickets: Free but advance booking essential

From 10.00am to 12.00pm

Two-hour walk in the Usk Valley west of Brecon.

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Monday 30 Oct 2017 – 12.30pm

Lunch & Guided Tour of Penpont House

  • Tickets: £10 per person

Advance booking essential

Soup lunch at Penpont House before taking a guided tour of this beautiful and historic 17th-century house and grounds.

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Monday 30 Oct 2017 – 7.00pm

Brecon Baroque Festival Orchestra

“Venetian Sparkle!”

  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Tickets: £16 (concessions £14 / under 18s free)

With South Powys Youth Orchestra. Programme to include Albinoni and Vivaldi.

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