We are very proud and happy to have presented a specially filmed online festival in 2020, despite the challenges of the year. It received hugely enthusiastic audience and critical reaction.

Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque worked with harpsichordist and director Chad Kelly on a centre-piece filmed performance of Chad’s revelatory new arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

Our thanks go to all our supporters who enabled this project to go ahead.

The Goldberg Variations Reimagined:

The Times 5***** review (Rebecca Franks), October 26
‘Filmed in the sunlit south transept of Brecon Cathedral, it’s a performance to revisit many times......The playing was exquisite.’
‘It was as though the intricate contrapuntal lines of the past 80 minutes had united, like streams joining a river that had finally reached the sea. The effect was glorious.’

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. Each October she gathers together some of the world’s leading period musicians for a long weekend of performances, talks and workshops in her home town of Brecon. Rachel’s commitment to the next generation also means that each Festival includes opportunities for students and younger musicians to get involved and play alongside musicians at the height of their profession.

Beyond the Festival Rachel 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

Anne Morgan (Chair)
Dorcas Slaney (Treasurer)
Andrew Sutherland

Top image of Pen y Fan provided by Tim Evans of Llangynidr

Arts Council of Wales Sponsored by Welsh Government Supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Wales Community Fund Brecon Town Council Mid Wales Music Trust Tŷ Cerdd The Gibbs Trust The Fidelio Charitable Trust Community Foundation Wales The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The Gwendoline and Margaret Davies Charity

Moondance Foundation