Past festivals

Brecon Baroque Festival 2020 Online

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.’

2019 - Bohemia: From Biber to Mozart

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Brecon Baroque Festival 2019, both artists and audience. We hope you enjoyed sharing our Bohemian Baroque theme.

We were delighted to have lovely reviews that encompassed many of the year’s events.

‘Rachel Podger’s inspired direction was a highlight in a series of concerts that brought ravishing works by Biber and others to Wales.’
The Guardian (full review)

‘ always, excellent: distinctive repertoire in a delightful location.’
The Church Times (full review)

2018 - Angels and Archangels

‘I‘m full of admiration for both the scholarship of these four musicians from The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments and the way they used it to make such apparently effortlessly joyful music, an excellent contribution to Rachel Podger’s inventive programme of angelic delights in this year’s Brecon Baroque Festival.’
Cath Barton – Wales Arts Review (full review)

‘For the opening concert of the 13th Brecon Baroque Festival, artistic director Rachel Podger pitched the idea exactly right, launching its theme of Angels and Archangels with an ethereal quality that was spellbinding in a jam-packed Brecon Cathedral.’
Nigel Jarrett – Art Scene in Wales (full review)


Thank you to everyone who joined us for Brecon Baroque Festival 2017!

Read the Guardian review of the performances by I Fagiolini and Brecon Baroque on Friday and Saturday evening.


‘Brecon Baroque has passed its tenth anniversary and on this, my first visit to the weekend long celebration, I could see why there is such a loyal following for what some might see as a niche event. What a delight not only to see a full house but an audience hanging on every moment of this elegant performance (Fairy Queen).’
Mike Smith – Arts Scene in Wales (full review)


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.


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

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