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Brighton Fes­ti­val

When: 5-27 May

Where: Brighton, Sus­sex

Tel: +44 (0)1273 709709 Web: www.brighton­fes­ti­val.org

Brighton’s in­ven­tive fes­ti­val al­ways likes to find a new slant. Four ac­tors join the Heath Quar­tet for di­rec­tor Cal­ixto Bieito’s The String Quar­tet’s Guide to Sex and Anx­i­ety; pi­anist Cé­dric Tiberghien brings Paul Kildea’s novel Chopin’s Pi­ano: A Jour­ney through Ro­man­ti­cism to life; while The Arms of Sleep mul­ti­me­dia ex­pe­ri­ence pro­poses a ten-hour overnight choral odyssey with beds pro­vided for the au­di­ence.

HIGH­LIGHTS:

6 May Han­del Dixit Domi­nus,

Bach, Scar­latti; Vox Lu­mi­nis/

Lionel Bringuier

12 May Brit­ten War Re­quiem; Brighton Fes­ti­val Cho­rus, Orchestre de Pi­cardie, Brit­ten Sin­fo­nia/arie van Beek

17 May Chopin’s Pi­ano; Chopin Pre­ludes Op. 28; Cé­dric Tiberghien (pi­ano),

Paul Kildea (nar­ra­tor)

Chip­ping Cam­p­den Fes­ti­val

When: 12-26 May

Where: Chip­ping Cam­p­den, Glouces­ter­shire

Tel: +44 (0)1386 849018 Web: www.cam­p­den­mu­sicfes­ti­val.co.uk

There may be Bach’s Mass in B mi­nor from Tene­brae and a Chip­ping Cam­den de­but for The Jerusalem Quar­tet, but acous­ti­cally-blest St John’s Church is awash with world-class pi­anists this year. Fes­ti­val pres­i­dent Paul Lewis plays a dif­fer­ent Mozart con­certo in each of three Academy Orches­tra con­certs, while Imo­gen Cooper, Stephen Hough and Steven Os­borne (see p34) per­form a wide se­lec­tion of works, rang­ing from Beethoven to Berg.

HIGH­LIGHTS:

15 May De­bussy, Berg, Ravel, Prokofiev; Steven Os­borne (pi­ano)

17 May JS Bach Mass in B mi­nor; Tene­brae, Academy of An­cient Mu­sic/ Nigel Short

25 May Schu­bert Win­ter­reise; Christo­pher Malt­man (bari­tone),

Julius Drake (pi­ano).

Stour Mu­sic

When: 22 June – 1 July

Where: All Saints’ Church, Boughton Aluph, East Kent Tel: +44 (0)1227 769075 Web: www.stour­mu­sic.org.uk

Sit­u­ated in the Kent coun­try­side, the me­dieval church of All Saints’, Boughton Aluph, has drawn pil­grims for cen­turies, but in June they’re likely to be among the 3,000 mu­si­cal ones f lock­ing to the early mu­sic fes­ti­val that coun­tertenor Al­fred Deller es­tab­lished just over half a cen­tury ago. His son Mark, the cur­rent fes­ti­val di­rec­tor, con­ducts the clos­ing con­cert of Pur­cell’s King Arthur, the English Con­cert hav­ing ear­lier obliged with a Suite from The Fairy Queen.

HIGH­LIGHTS:

24 June Pur­cell, Corelli, JS Bach, Han­del; The English Con­cert/ Christo­pher Buck­nall

29 June Josquin, Las­sus, Janequin, Schütz; The King’s Singers

30 June Mon­teverdi, Castello, Grandi; The Gon­zaga Band/steven Devine

Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val

When: 4-15July Where: Chel­tenham, Glouces­ter­shire Tel: +44 (0)1242 850270 Web: www.chel­tenham­fes­ti­vals.com Who needs a fes­ti­val when its pre­quel – Syde Manor Bach Week­end – prom­ises mezzo Sarah Con­nolly and harp­si­chordist Ma­han Es­fa­hani? Erst­while di­rec­tor Meurig Bowen’s farewell pro­gramme at Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val sup­plies the an­swer. With the Hallé and Bern­stein’s Can­dide from Iford, Ber­lioz’s ear-fill­ing Re­quiem and pre­mieres aplenty, in­com­ing di­rec­tor Ali­son Bal­som has a tough act to fol­low.

HIGH­LIGHTS:

4 July Strauss songs and arias,

El­gar Sym­phony No. 1; Louise Alder, Hallé Orches­tra/sir Mark El­der

8 July Haydn Har­moniemesse;

Choir & Orches­tra of the Age of En­light­en­ment/sir An­drás Schi

12 July Bern­stein Can­dide; Iford Arts/ Oliver Gooch

St En­del­lion Fes­ti­val When: 31 July – 10 Au­gust

Where: St En­del­lion, North Corn­wall Tel: +44 (0)1208 880298

Web: www.en­del­lion­fes­ti­vals.org.uk

Tenor Mark Pad­more has steered St En­del­lion’s Sum­mer Fes­ti­val for a decade and he’s at the helm for its 60th an­niver­sary. The cel­e­bra­tion in­cludes Ber­lioz’s Dam­na­tion of Faust and as­sorted French fare such as Ravel’s Pi­ano Con­certo in G. The fes­ti­val opens with El­gar’s The Mu­sic Mak­ers.

HIGH­LIGHTS:

4 & 6 Au­gust Verdi Te Deum, Mozart Re­quiem; So­phie Be­van (so­prano), Fes­ti­val Orches­tra/ryan Wig­glesworth 8 Au­gust Ber­lioz La Dam­na­tion de Faust; Peter Hoare (Faust), Fes­ti­val Cho­rus & Orches­tra/wig­glesworth

9 Au­gust Mahler Sym­phony No. 4,

Ravel; Fes­ti­val Orches­tra/wig­glesworth

Dart­ing­ton In­ter­na­tional Sum­mer School When: 28 July – 25 Au­gust

Where: Totnes, De­von

Tel: +44 (0)1803 847080

Web: dart­ing­ton.org/sum­mer-school

A sum­mer school that can num­ber Stravin­sky, Nono and El­liott Carter among past teach­ers is a bit spe­cial. Pi­anist Joanna Macgre­gor, the cur­rent di­rec­tor, de­scribes it as ‘mu­sic school by day and con­cert hall by night’. This year’s fes­ti­val will be a four-week mu­si­cal cock­tail shak­ing Bo­li­vian sa­cred mu­sic and a taste of Har­lem.

HIGH­LIGHTS:

29 July Fire Burn­ing in Snow; Ex Cathe­dra/je rey Skid­more

29 July Grounds & Cha­connes; Joanna Macgre­gor (pi­ano)

24 Au­gust Verdi Re­quiem; Dart­ing­ton Choir & Fes­ti­val Orches­tra/lee Reynolds

Coun­try re­treat: so­prano So­phie Be­van heads to Corn­wall’s St En­del­lion Fes­ti­val

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