About

Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque

“There is probably no more inspirational musician working today than Rachel Podger” (Gramophone)

“The [recording] leaves one breathless with admiration …and Rachel Podger’s crack team deliver miracles of virtuosity…” (Observer review of Brecon Baroque’s L’Estro Armonico)

Brecon Baroque Festival was established in 2006 by Rachel Podger, one of the world’s leading interpreters of Baroque music. She performs as soloist and guest director with orchestras and ensembles worldwide, including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Academy of Ancient Music (UK), Arte dei Suonatori (Poland), Tafelmusik (Canada) and the Handel and Haydn Society (USA). Rachel’s recordings have won many awards. Her 2013 release ‘Guardian Angel’ of music for solo violin was described as “utterly stupendous” by BBC Music Magazine and won her the 2014 BBC Music Instrumental Award. She is also a respected teacher: she holds chairs at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and has recently taken up a role at the Juilliard School in New York.

Brecon Baroque was founded in 2007 as the resident ensemble for the festival and now enjoys an international reputation in its own right. Brecon Baroque’s recording of Vivaldi’s ‘L’Estro Armonico’ was released in 2015 to critical acclaim, and has just won the 2016 BBC Music Concerto Award.

Brecon Beacons Music Trust

The Brecon Baroque Festival is presented by the Brecon Beacons Music Trust, a registered charity (no. 1172155).

Board of Trustees

Kate Gedge (Chair)
Peter Brock
Anne Morgan
Dorcas Slaney (Treasurer)
Richard Slaney

Previous festivals

2015

Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate Brecon Baroque Festival’s sell-out 10th Anniversary from 23 - 26 October 2015.

We were thrilled to receive 5* reviews from Stephen Walsh in The Arts Desk and Steph Power in Wales Arts Review.

2014

The 2014 Festival was very much enjoyed by both audiences and performers, as a celebration of the Circle of Bach – music from JS Bach’s forebears, contemporaries and friends (including Telemann, godfather to his son CPE Bach), JS Bach himself, and CPE Bach, along with colleagues of CPE from the court of Frederick the Great at the Palace of Sans Souci in Potsdam.

Festival reviews

  • The Guardian ****

Brecon Baroque festival review – grave but graceful Bach

  • Wales Arts Review (Steph Power)

‘A Musical Offering’ with Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque
‘In the Name of Bach’ with Bojan Cicic and Mahan Esfahani

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