2019 Festival

Bohemia: From Biber to Mozart

Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque and guest artists gathered for a long weekend exploring Bohemia’s rich musical heritage including choral, chamber and orchestral works by Biber, Zelenka, Muffat and Mozart.

The 2019 Brecon Baroque Festival is now over. Read The Guardian's review at https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/oct/27/brecon-baroque-festival-review-a-lively-tour-through-bohemia.

Our 2020 dates will be October 22 to 26. We hope you can join us!

Thursday 24 Oct 2019 – 5.45pm

Festival Evensong at Brecon Cathedral

Brecon Cathedral Choir directed by Stephen Power

  • Brecon Cathedral
  • Tickets: Free and unticketed

Evensong opens with a trumpet fanfare, and is ‘bookended’ with Biber Rosary Sonatas played by Rachel Podger and friends.

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Friday 25 Oct 2019 – 7.00pm

Brecon Baroque directed by Robert Hollingworth

Zelenka: Missa Dei Patris

  • Brecon Cathedral
  • Tickets: Nave £22 (concessions £20), Side aisles and Chancel £15, Under 18s free. Nave seats are numbered and reserved, all other areas are unreserved.

Zelenka’s exuberant Missa Dei Patris fizzes with style and energy. Robert Hollingworth directs soloists from his group I Fagiolini, and specially invited consort singers in a compelling opening evening.

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Saturday 26 Oct 2019 – 10.00am

Baroque Dance Workshop

  • Subud Hall
  • Tickets: Included in Tea Dance ticket price

Led by Dancing Master Peter Brock, a two-hour introduction to the dances featured in the afternoon Baroque Tea Dance.

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Saturday 26 Oct 2019 – 10.30am

Caffe Bohemia at The Muse

  • The Muse, Glamorgan Street, LD3 7DW
  • Tickets: Admission free

Open 10.30am – 4.30pm

Visit our lovely Festival eatery at The Muse! Inspiration for the décor this year comes from the legendary Caffe Slavia, Prague’s great Art Nouveau institution.

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Saturday 26 Oct 2019 – 1.00pm

FIGO

Bohemian Rhapsodies

  • The Plough Chapel
  • Tickets: £10 (no concessions, u18s free)

The intriguing sound world of the Czech Baroque. Works by Schmelzer, Biber and Muffat.

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Saturday 26 Oct 2019 – 3.00pm

Baroque Tea Dance

  • Subud Hall
  • Tickets: £15

Period dance and delicious afternoon tea with Dancing Master Peter Brock and the Festival Tea Dance Ensemble.

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Saturday 26 Oct 2019 – 7.00pm

Brecon Baroque directed by Rachel Podger

The Three Bohemians: Biber, Muffat and Schmelzer

  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Tickets: Stalls and Balcony £24 (concessions £22), Upper Balcony £18, Under 18s free

A balletto, a battalia and a serenade crown a colourful programme that sees the strings and continuo of Brecon Baroque joined by trumpets and baritone soloist.

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Sunday 27 Oct 2019 – 10.30am

Caffe Bohemia at The Muse

  • The Muse, Glamorgan Street, LD3 7DW
  • Tickets: Admission free

Open 10.30am – 4.30pm

Visit our lovely Festival eatery at The Muse! Inspiration for the décor this year comes from the legendary Caffe Slavia, Prague’s great Art Nouveau institution.

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Sunday 27 Oct 2019 – 11.00am

Festival Eucharist

With visiting choir Ex Andreas directed by Jonathan Lane

  • Brecon Cathedral
  • Tickets: Free and unticketed

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Sunday 27 Oct 2019 – 7.00pm

In Echo, Director Gawain Glenton

Echoes of the Danube

  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Tickets: Stalls and Balcony £20 (concessions £18), Upper Balcony £18, Under 18s free

The flow of Habsburg power from 17th-century Vienna across the Holy Roman Empire. Colourful sounds from the works of Bertali, Biber, Sances, Fux, and Froberger.

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Monday 28 Oct 2019 – 10.00am

Guided Walk across the Brecon Beacons

  • Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre, Libanus, LD3 8ER to Penpont
  • Tickets: £10 (advance booking essential)

A guided walk across the Brecon Beacons led by a former National Park Warden. Take in the Beacons’ flora, fauna and ancient sites, ending at Penpont House and its beautiful grounds on the River Usk.

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Monday 28 Oct 2019 – 7.00pm

Brecon Baroque Festival Orchestra

Following the Danube

  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Tickets: Stalls, Balcony and Upper Balcony £16 (concessions £14), Under 18s free

Our celebratory finale concert features music from the glittering societies of Bohemia and Vienna encompassing the Baroque and Classical styles. Music by Benda, Zelenka, Biber and Mozart.

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Arts Council of Wales Sponsored by Welsh Government Supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Wales Big Lottery Fund Brecon Town Council Mid Wales Music Trust Tŷ Cerdd The Gibbs Trust Community Foundation Wales Colwinston Charitable Trust Foyle Foundation Oakdale Trust