2018 Festival

Friday 19 – Monday 22 October: Angels and Archangels

Five concerts with Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque, VOCES8, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments and lutenist James Bramley and friends frame a long weekend which also includes our pop-up café, dance events, choral evensong and eucharist at Brecon Cathedral, together with guided walks in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Box Office will open on Friday 1 June.

‘Rachel Podger … Britain’s finest period violinist’ (BBC Music Magazine)

Friday 19 Oct 2018 – 7.30pm

Rachel Podger and VOCES8

“A Guardian Angel”

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

A programme interweaving music for violin together with choral masterpieces by composers including Thomas Tallis, J. S. Bach, Heinrich von Biber, Nicola Matteis and a new work by Owain Park.

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Saturday 20 Oct 2018 – 10.00am

Baroque Dance Workshop

  • Theatr Brycheiniog Studio
  • Tickets: Free for those attending Tea Dance

Led by Dancing Master Peter Brock, this free two-hour 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 20 Oct 2018 – 10.30am

Caffé Paradiso at The Muse

  • The Muse, Glamorgan Street, LD3 7DW

Open 10.30am – 4.30pm

Pop-up performances, angelic designs and fabulous food and drink provided by award-winning café The Hours.

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Saturday 20 Oct 2018 – 1.00pm

A Heav'n Below

Hannah Medlam, James Bramley and Kate Conway

  • The Plough Chapel, Lion Street, Brecon, LD3 7AU
  • Tickets: £10 (no concessions / u18s free)

Three outstanding young professionals bring a programme of English devotional songs, Italian sacred music, and a few fallen angels, with works by Dowland, Purcell, Monteverdi and Strozzi among others.

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Saturday 20 Oct 2018 – 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 Ensemble.

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Saturday 20 Oct 2018 – 7.00pm

Brecon Baroque directed by Rachel Podger

“Bach’s Angels”

  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Tickets: £22 (concessions £20 / u18s free)

Rachel Podger and her virtuosic Brecon Baroque ensemble are joined by a stellar line-up of singers for this all-Bach programme.

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Sunday 21 Oct 2018 – 10.30am

Caffé Paradiso at The Muse

  • The Muse, Glamorgan Street, LD3 7DW

Open 10.30am – 4.30pm

Pop-up performances, angelic designs and fabulous food and drink provided by award-winning café The Hours.

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Sunday 21 Oct 2018 – 7.00pm

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

“Ministry of Angels”

  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Tickets: £18 (concessions £16 / u18s free)

Traditional tunes, dances, and songs by composers including Corelli, Francoeur and Arbeau, played on strange and ethereal-sounding instruments.

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Monday 22 Oct 2018 – 10.00am

Guided Walks - Henry Vaughan: the Swan of Usk

  • Llansantffraed Church, Talybont-on-Usk and surrounding area
  • Tickets: £5 (limited numbers: advance booking essential, lunch not included in ticket price)

Two walks above and along the Usk Valley exploring the poetry and landscape of 17th-century poet Henry Vaughan together with a visit to Llansantffraed Church and Vaughan’s grave.

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Monday 22 Oct 2018 – 7.00pm

Brecon Baroque Festival Orchestra

“Archangelo Corelli and Other Angels”

  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Tickets: £16 (concessions £14 / u18s free)

Join us for our celebratory final concert with Handel’s Harp Concerto played on triple harp and music by Corelli, Geminiani, Handel and others.

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