Festivals and live performances you shouldn’t miss

Across the UK and Europe, these classical music festivals attract some of the world's finest musicians, performing pieces from history's greatest composers. Simply click below to uncover more details

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Estonian Music Days

2-10 May 2019

2019 will bring one of the most prestigious events in contemporary music to Estonia – “World Music Days 2019”, one of the world's biggest new music festivals. Come to Estonia and enjoy the world best contemporary music from the last ten years.

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Point Music Festival

23-26 May 2019

Throughout the festival, 23-26 May 2019, the Gothenburg Concert Hall will be transformed. With world-class sound, lighting and design, there will be an atmosphere where music, dance, performing art and other art forms meet in new, unexpected ways. Four festival days will bring four world premières, three orchestras, two club nights, a film screening, and ten concerts.

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Grand Teton Music Festival

3 July-17 August 2019

The Grand Teton Music Festival is nestled in the foothills of the majestic Teton Mountains in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Over seven weeks, audiences will enjoy orchestral concerts, chamber music, recitals, and lectures. Music Director Donald Runnicles unites America’s top musicians to form the Festival Orchestra. Soloists include Yefim Bronfman, Hilary Hahn, Augustin Hadelich, Alisa Weilerstein, Stephen Hough, and Denis Kozhukhin

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Travel for the Arts

Opera, ballet and classical music tours in small and friendly groups with expert guides to legendary opera houses and festivals. These are espoke holidays for independent travellers. The portfolio of destinations expands annually, introducing lesser-known theatres and performances whilst continuing to visit the traditional favourites. Tours include the best tickets and, occasionally, knowledgeable speakers and the chance to meet the artists themselves.

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Chopin and His Europe Festival

14 August-1 September 2019

The Fryderyk Chopin Institute presents the 15th International Festival Chopin and His Europe "From Chopin to Moniuszko”. Immerse yourself in the work of Fryderyk Chopin in the context of “his” Europe understood from four perspectives – Europe of his time, pre-Chopin Europe, Europe after the death of the great master and finally Europe of our time. But the repertoire performed at the Festival doesn't just comprise works of Chopin himself, but also music that inspired him, the work of younger artists, as well as contemporary music inspired by Chopin. Among the highlights is a presentation and confrontation of two performance practices: on period and modern instruments. All pieces will be performed by outstanding pianists, orchestras and ensembles from Poland and across the musical world. Beginning from the master's interpretation, the festival is a huge opportunity for young artists, debuting on concert stages, to perform in such a prestigious environment.

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Presteigne Festival

22-27 August 2019

Described by Musical Opinion Quarterly as ‘an indispensable mainstay of the cultural calendar’, the Presteigne Festival has become a focal point for those seeking musical discovery in the beautiful surroundings of the Welsh Marches. Established in 1983, the festival supports young generation artists and presents a fresh, stylised mix of contemporary music sensitively balanced with twentieth century classics and masterpieces from the standard repertoire.

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Bergen International Festival

22 May-5 June 2019

Festspillene i Bergen (Bergen International Festival) is the longest standing music and theatre festival in Norway, and presents art in all its guises: music, theatre, dance, opera and visual arts. Every year, hundreds of events are staged at more than 50 venues over the course of 15 days.

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Swaledale Festival

25 May-8 June 2019

An annual festival of music, arts and walking based in the Yorkshire Dales – an area of outstanding natural beauty. This year’s programme includes flamenco guitarist Paco Peña, the Esbjerg Ensemble, Clouds Harp Quartet, Jennifer Pike, pianists Richard Uttley and Kate Whitley, Tasmin Little, Lauren Zhang, Sheku Kanneh-Mason & Friends and Roderick Williams.

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Stour Music 2019

21-30 June 2019

Founded by countertenor Alfred Deller in 1962 as a festival of early music, this year’s programme includes The Sixteen, Trevor Pinnock, Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque, I Fagiolini with a semi-staged production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Mark Padmore, and Bach’s Magnificat in D. Concerts take place in the medieval church of Boughton Aluph overlooking the Stour Valley.

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Wratislavia Cantans

6-15 September 2019

Wratislavia Cantans was established by Andrzej Markowski in 1965 as an oratorio-cantata festival. Currently under the artistic direction of Giovanni Antonini, the festival focuses mainly on emphasizing the beauty of human voice. Every year, thousands of music aficionados come together to admire the stars of classical music during the concerts held in the impressive, state-of-the-art Concert Halls of National Forum of Music, as well as in historical interiors both in Wrocław and many towns in Lower Silesia. This year’s edition of the festival is called “South” and hosts, among others, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta and Marcel Pérès with Ensemble Organum. It is a real treat for all vocal music enthusiasts.

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Buxton Festival

5-21 July 2019

Everyone’s welcome to this summertime celebration of opera, music and books in the hills of the beautiful Peak District. BIF celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2019 by showcasing the most promising rising stars in the arts world, as well as prominent international singers, artists and literary figures performing over 17 days to an audience of 30,000.

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Perth Festival of Arts

16-25 May 2019

The 48th Perth Festival of the Arts is a highlight in Scotland’s cultural calendar, bringing some of the finest international and national performers to the beautiful city of Perth. The annual Festival features classical music, opera, theatre, rock, folk, jazz, comedy and contemporary visual art. Highlights from 2019’s arts-packed progamme include The Sixteen’s popular Immortal Legacy programme, Verdi’s Macbeth by English Touring Opera and The Russian Philharmonic (of Novosibirsk) with soloist Sergei Redkin. Virtuoso comedian Rainer Hersch will team up with internationally-acclaimed pianist Danny Driver and Spanish Soprano Laura Ruhí Vidal to re-ignite the magic of Victor Borge. Other highlights include Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and Scottish Opera’s Pop-Up Opera. Tickets go on sale Monday 18 March to Festival Friends and 25 March to the general public.

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Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo

15 March-14 April 2019

Enjoy five great musical weekends in the Principality of Monaco. The 35th annual festival programme ranges from Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Kagel, Schütz and Stockhausen, to traditional music from Mongolia. There will be performances from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Les Cris de Paris, Sinfonia Varsovia, along with fine quartets such as: Diotima, Parker, Signum, Renaud Capuccon, and more than 20 world renowned soloists. The festival also presents a variety of topics such as: concertos, string quartets, a piano night, commissions to composers Markeas and Robin, and the festival CD production live on stage with the recorded artists. Every year the public is invited to enjoy further events in a casual atmosphere such as meetings with the artists, pre-performance talks, casual cocktails, masterclasses, and the "Surprise Trip" in the Provencal hinterland.

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Portsmouth Festivities

14-23 June 2019

For 10 days over the middle of June, this festival captures imaginations, celebrates diversity and delivers more than 100 Citywide experiences. 2019 marks the twentieth anniversary of Portsmouth Festivities and the theme for this year's festivities is Twenty. Portsmouth Festivities is privileged to work with creatively diverse venues and organisations throughout the city. Every year, the Festivities celebrates the best of Portsmouth and offers creative individuals and organisations the chance to showcase their work. Tickets for the Festivities go on sale Friday 15 March 2019.

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English Music Festival

Highlights of the English Music Festival include world premiere performances of Robin Milford’s Symphony, Vaughan Williams’s The Blue Bird, Stanford’s early Violin Concerto and a David Matthews commission. Music ranges from Dowland lute songs, through gems by Finzi, Holst, Dyson, Ireland and Howells, to 1930s jazz; artists include the BBC Concert Orchestra, Piatti Quartet and Worcester College (Oxford) Chapel Choir.

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St. Albans International Organ Festival

8-20 July 2019

In one jam-packed fortnight every two years, the St Albans International Organ Festival celebrates organs and a lot more besides. Its mix of large-scale and intimate concerts, talks, workshops, art exhibitions and fringe events offers something for everyone, alongside arguably the world’s leading organ competition. The beautiful historic city of St Albans is just 20 minutes by train from London.

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Budleigh Festival

12-20 July 2019

A week of classical music on the Jurassic coast, with performances by leading international musicians, including the 12 Ensemble, Sansara, Pleyel Ensemble, Festival Orchestra, Sitkovetsky Trio, Martin James Bartlett, Elias Quartet and Devon Opera; complemented by free lunchtime concerts by local and early-career artists, including previous BBC Young Musician section finalists Eliza Haskins (recorder) and Joseph Pritchard (cello).

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Santa Fe Opera

28 June-24 August 2019

The 2019 season presents five operas in 36 performances, a special recital by celebrated American soprano Renée Fleming with The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and two Apprentice Scenes performances, running from June 28 to August 24. The Opera’s 63rd season, explores classic works of the repertory as well as operas new to the Santa Fe Opera and the world’s stage.

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Cheltenham Festivals

5-14 July 2019

Cheltenham Music Festival celebrates its 75th Anniversary with an ambitious programme from Artistic Director Alison Balsom featuring world-leading ensembles, an international array of dazzling soloists and more than 20 major World Premieres. The Festival opens with a celebratory midsummer weekend of free music in the gardens for all the family to enjoy and closes with Community Opera Across The Sky.

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Petworth Festival

16 July-3 August 2019

Fresh from its 40th anniversary year, Petworth Festival hits fine form again with the likes of Viktoria Mullova, Imogen Cooper, Sir John Tomlinson, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Barry Douglas and Matthew Barley performing in tandem with sarod master, Soumik Datta. Ensemble events feature Chineke, the Brodsky Quartet, I Fagiolini’s celebration of Leonardo, the Julian Bliss Septet, and guitar maestro MILOŠ with Ensemble 7.

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The Grange Festival

16 July-3 August 2019

The stunning neoclassical buildings nestled in the lush Candover valley in Hampshire provide the setting for The Grange Festival. A little over an hour from West London by car, or fast trains with a bus transfer, this secret corner of Hampshire with its award-winning theatre is a pleasure not to be missed.

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Leeds Lieder 2019 Festival

25-28 April 2019

Leeds Lieder is pleased to announce Then Shall Song’s Magic Break Free – a four-day celebration of art-song from 25 to 28 April. Since 2004, the charity has promoted the understanding and appreciation of performance art-song, and has been filling Leeds with song through regular concerts and events. This April, its flagship festival will return and include an array of poetry, talks, recitals, events and performances.

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English Haydn Festival

5-8 June 2019

International soloists will feature at the English Haydn Festival, including violin virtuoso Simon Standage, violoncellist Pavel Serbin, oboist Mark Baigent, flautist Eva Caballero, bassoonist Robert Percival and violinist Ada Witczyk. In addition, distinguished writer and broadcaster Richard Wigmore will provide an introduction based on the Festival’s theme of “Haydn’s Friends, Patrons & Colleagues”, with performances of his symphonies, and music by C. P. E. Bach, Pleyel, Mozart and Beethoven. There will also be an oboe concerto by Dittersdorf, a Cramer violin concerto, and symphony concertantes by Viotti and J. C. Bach, with the orchestra performing on period instruments and conducted by the distinguished director Steven Devine. Lunchtime and evening Chamber concerts will feature the Consone Quartet, the Salomon String Quartet, the Denner Ensemble and the English Haydn Quartet.

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Singapore International Piano Festival

30 May-3 June 2019

The 2019 edition of the Singapore International Piano Festival brings together virtuoso pianists from four corners of the world: renowned veteran British pianist Ronan O’Hora, who has played in all major cities in Europe and the USA; two Gilmore Artist Award recipients – Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter and Russian-born American Kirill Gerstein – as well as top Chinese pianist Sa Chen.

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Mikkeli Music Festival

1-5 July 2019

Mikkeli Music Festival is an international Music Festival in Mikkeli, Finland, which attracts musicians and audiences from all around the World. The Mariinsky Orchestra led by Valery Gergiev performs there regularly, and the festival is sometimes called Gergiev Festival – Maestro Gergiev has been the festival´s artistic director since 1993.

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New Generation Festival

28-31 August 2019

The New Generation Festival is taking place from 28 to 31 August 2019 in the beautiful Gardens of the Palazzo Corsini al Prato in Florence. The festival, now in its third year, offers an array of awe-inspiring productions, bringing the best of Italian culture and showcasing the finest rising stars of the opera, theatre and music industry in a unique and picturesque setting.

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Cambridge Summer Recitals

13-27 July 2019

‘Bach and Beyond’ is the theme for this year’s Cambridge Summer Music Festival – the popular annual celebration of classical music performed in beautiful historic settings. Highlights include the St John Passion, the complete Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations – with many other works both by, and influenced by, Bach. As usual, the festival features music by contemporary composers, and rising stars alongside established names such as James Gilchrist and Dame Felicity Lott.

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Festival d'opera de Quebec

24 July-4 August 2019

Québec celebrates opera in style. The Festival d’opéra de Québec presents, in coproduction with the Metropolitan Opera, Wagner’s Flying Dutchman, directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker François Girard. The stellar cast comprises Gregory Dahl, Johanni van Oostrum and Andreas Bauer Kanabas, with maestro Jacques Lacombe conducting. In addition, several events of outstanding artistic quality will delight music lovers.

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Britt Festival

23 July-11 August 2019

The Britt Festival Orchestra brings a unique group of musicians together each summer to perform under the leadership of Music Director Teddy Abrams. This summer festival spans 20 days in late July and early August and includes six performances with the full BFO, plus additional events, all at an extraordinary outdoor venue in historic Jacksonville, Oregon.

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Cork International Choral Festival

1-5 May 2019

Now in its 65th year, the Cork International Choral Festival is held over the five days preceding the first Monday in May. It is noted for its high standards, eclectic and wide-ranging programme, and the friendliness of its welcome. Cork welcomes choirs from across the world for a programme of Gala and Schools Concerts, National and International Competitions, and world-class performances, as thousands of participants bring the city to life for a celebration of choral music.

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Deal Music & Arts Festival

28 June-13 July 2019

Deal Music & Arts Festival sets the standard for innovative and excellent programming in Kent with artists of the international calibre of Steven Isserlis, Freddy Kempf and Tim Garland. It presents world-class period instrument ensembles Academy of Ancient Music and Florilegium, as well as the great jazz organisations Ronnie Scott’s Big Band and National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain and much more.

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Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival

27-30 June 2019

Now in its 22nd year, the 2019 Festival once again presents performances of the finest chamber music, with internationally acclaimed artists including Kristian Bezuidenhout, Gilles Vonsattel and Trio Gaspard, who join co-directors Anthony Marwood and Richard Lester for four days of glorious concerts in a beautiful corner of Sussex.

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Musikfest Berlin

30 August-19 September 2019

The Berlin concert season is ushered in spectacularly in late summer by the Berliner Festspiele’s orchestra festival – run jointly with the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation. Top international orchestras, instrumental and choral ensembles and the great symphony orchestras of the city of Berlin together present an ambitious festival programme with a new thematic focus each year.

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Ryedale Festival

12-28 July 2019

The Ryedale Festival brings great music and top-class performers to beautiful and historic venues, amid idyllic North Yorkshire countryside in a famously friendly atmosphere. Headline performers for 2019 include Solomon’s Knot, Orsino Ensemble, OAE, Ian Bostridge and Jess Gillam. Purcell features prominently, including a pop-up production of Dido and Aeneas in three of the region’s most atmospheric medieval churches.

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Geelvinck Music Museum & Festival

9-22 August 2019 (Festival)

Reset your perception on classical music and experience performances with original historic pianos of the 18th and 19th centuries. These period pianos have an authentic sound, which significantly differs from today's modern concert grand. These period instruments require a substantially different playing technique from the artists, leading to fascinating interpretations.

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Ghent Festival of Flanders

14 September-5 October 2019

Flanders Festival Ghent, from 14 September to 5 October 2019, is an international music festival hosted in the vibrant cultural city of Ghent. Ghent Festival focusses on high-quality classical music in its purest form, but also stretches the boundaries with a variety of creative formats. For instance, ‘OdeGand’ annually launches the Ghent Festival, which has since its inception grown into a breathtaking and adventurous city festival. Young up-and-coming talent and world-famous artists share their passion and virtuosity with melomaniacs, as well as fledgling music explorers.

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Dartington International Summer School

27 July-24 August 2019

Dartington International Summer School is four weeks of shared music making, learning and listening – from early music to classical and jazz – curated by artistic director and pianist, Joanna MacGregor. There are courses for all ages and abilities, accompanied by over 100 concerts, set against the backdrop of a medieval estate in the heart of Devon.

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JAM on the Marsh

4-14 July 2019

JAM on the Marsh 2019 promises to be a spectacular multi-arts festival set in the medieval churches of Romney Marsh, Kent. The King’s Singers headline, curated by Michael Bawtree, and also features the London Mozart Players and Anna Tillbrook, Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir, The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, and Onyx Brass. The Symphonic Brass of London perform works from Debussy to Joplin, while 110 musicians perform Paul Mealor’s oratorio The Farthest Shore, and Art of Moog give Bach a spell-binding twist. You can also enjoy art and photography, open-air performances of Nell Gwynn and Murder Mystery on the Romney Express, and poetry recitals.

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Bolzano Festival Bozen

25 July-6 September 2019

Every summer, the northern Italian city of Bolzano, surrounded by the splendour of the Unesco World Heritage-protected Dolomite mountains, becomes the picturesque backdrop for an engaging classical music experience. This year Bolzano Festival Bozen is hosting top-level performances by acclaimed international young musicians, featuring the famous Busoni Piano Competition, Gustav Mahler Academy’s master classes and concerts by both the European Union Youth Orchestra and Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.

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The George Enescu International Festival

31 August-22 September 2019

The George Enescu International Festival takes place every two years in Bucharest, Romania and other Romanian cities. It brings to the public more than 250 of the most acclaimed international and Romanian orchestras and artists, in more than 80 events. Considered as a true cultural event, the festival contines the values that George Enescu believed in: creativity, generosity and commitment.

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Istanbul Music Festival

11-30 June 2019

The most established classical music event in Turkey, since 1973 the Istanbul Music Festival has been internationally renowned – especially for its creative programmes and contribution in enriching the classical music repertoire by commissions. The festival spreads across the city with events at historical sites, cultural venues and concert halls, alongside free concerts at parks and gardens.

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Riga Jurmala Music Festival

19 July-1 September 2019

A new festival featuring top international orchestras and soloists, The Riga Jurmala Music Festival takes place in Latvia over four weekends. Under Artistic Director Martin Engstroem, each weekend features a leading international orchestra and conductor, with the foremost classical music stars. This first year includes: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Mariss Jansons; Russian National Orchestra/Mikhail Pletnev; Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta; and London Symphony Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda.

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Festival de Saint-Denis

3 June-3 July 2019

The Festival de Saint-Denis is held each year in June and welcomes the greatest international conductors and orchestras, as well as all the musical ensembles of Radio France for large-scale symphonic and choral concerts in the Basilica of Saint-Denis. Creations, recitals and chamber music concerts are also on the programme in the beautiful setting of the Maison d'éduction of the Legion of Honor.

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Pärnu Music Festival

12-21 June 2019

The Pärnu Music Festival was founded by Paavo Järvi in 2011 together with his father, Neeme – its family atmosphere creates a unique summer refuge on the Estonian coast. The 2019 festival celebrates the 60th birthday of leading Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür and features the internationally acclaimed Estonian Festival Orchestra in two concerts with soloists Truls Mørk and Ain Anger.

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MITTELFEST 2019

15-21 July 2019

Mittelfest 2019 is a festival of music, dance, theatre and visual arts that turns the spotlight on a common European identity. An international atlas containing maps of the geography of the arts, it reveals unquiet beauty, fragility and lasting grace in the arts.

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Turkish State Opera and Ballet

The State Opera and Ballet of the Republic of Turkey was established in 1949 with the aim of bringing opera, ballet and polyphonic music together with people, ensuring these branches of art became an integrated part of Turkey’s cultural wealth, and popularising Turkish opera and ballet to a universally-acknowledged level.

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Verbier Festival

18 July-3 August 2019

For more than a quarter of a century, each summer music lovers from around the world have come to the majestic Swiss Alps to take part in a community of exchange between the great masters of classical music and the most promising next-generation musicians. From 18 July to 3 August 2019, the Verbier Festival returns with its 26th edition, brimming with remarkable mainstage performances, unforgettable new musical discoveries and engaging programmes.

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8th Canta al Mar - Festival Coral Internacional

23-27 October 2019

Enjoy singing by the sea at the eighth Canta al Mar – Festival Coral Internacional. A wonderful international choir festival based in Calella, Barcelona, that beautifully combines holiday feeling and love for music in a perfect manner!

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Incontri in Terra di Sienna

21-29 July 2019

Enjoy chamber music in the southern Tuscan hills at the Incontri in Terra di Sienna music festival. Founded in 1988, the festival is based in Val d’Orcia, Tuscany. Under the artistic directorship of celebrated pianist Alessio Bax, it features a yearly line-up of internationally-renowned artists making music in some of the most idyllic settings in the region; Pienza, Villa La Foce, Città della Pieve, Montefollonico and more.

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The Bravo! Vail Music Festival

20 June-4 August 2019

The Bravo! Vail Music Festival brings world-renowned musicians to picturesque venues throughout the Vail Valley. It’s the only North American festival to host four orchestras – Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, plus the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, which will be making its North American debut. The festival will also feature a wide array of unique and carefully curated chamber music programmes.

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Tanglewood

15 June-25 August 2019

Enjoy an exceptional line-up of performances and activities for music lovers of every age, including concerts by Music Director Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the idyllic summer home of the BSO in the Berkshire Hills.

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Music In The Vineyards

31 July-25 August 2019

Music in the Vineyards is a nationally-acclaimed chamber music festival held each summer in the Napa Valley. Twilight concerts showcase world-class artists performing in intimate winery settings, with witty commentary, wine tasting and breathtaking views of California's wine country. Celebrating its 25th season, the festival is known for its quality of music, one-of-a-kind concerts and genuine connection between performer and audience.

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Winchester Chamber Music Festival Festival

3-6 May 2019

The Winchester Chamber Music Festival takes place over a long spring weekend each year. At the heart of the festival is the highly-acclaimed London Bridge Trio, with Festival Artistic Directors Kate Gould (cello) and Daniel Tong (piano) plus guest musicians, providing a rich diversity of concerts, talks, open rehearsals and masterclasses throughout Winchester.

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Martin Randall Festivals

Throughout the year

World-class musicians perform a sequence of private concerts in Europe’s glorious historic buildings, many of which are not normally accessible to the public. Martin Randall Travel will take care of all the logistics for you, from flights and hotels to pre-concert talks and dining.

Photographs; Rose Consort of Viols, Basel Chamber Orchestra.

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Berlioz Festival

17 August to 1 September 2019

Under the theme 'Le roi Hector' (Hector, the king), the Festival Berlioz 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the death of the composer. From 17 August to 1 September 2019 in La Côte-Saint-André in Isère, France, the most famous international conductors and their orchestras and choirs will perform masterpieces composed by Hector Berlioz : La Prise de Troie, the first part of Berlioz’s Les Troyens opera, Roméo et Juliette, Benvenuto Cellini, La Damnation de Faust, Symphonie fantastique and more.

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Iford Arts Festival

31 August - 7 September

Book the Sunday Telegraph's "Hottest ticket", Donizetti’s comic masterpiece, L’elisir d’amore (31 August - 7 September) with director James Hurley, conductor Oliver Gooch, and a cast including Clare Lees as Adina. This year, Iford Arts is in a glorious new venue. Designed by Sir John Wood the Elder, the Grade I-listed Belcombe Court is just six miles outside of Bath and set in 45 acres of parkland. The grounds of historical significance will host a new performance space, a specially commissioned geodesic dome, seating 240 people and staging the intimate, in-the-round opera Iford is known for. You can picnic prior to the performance in the stunning, and rarely open to the public, grounds.

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Holy Week Festival

14-20 April 2019

A moment of stillness at the heart of a city, Holy Week Festival (14-20 April 2019) is a week of concerts, workshops and free late-night liturgical events at St John’s Smith Square. The festival explores a vast range of sacred music in celebration of Holy Week, and this year’s composer in focus is Sir James MacMillan, in celebration of his 60th birthday. His evocative choral music performed by Tenebrae, The Tallis Scholars, Brodsky Quartet, Ex Cathedra and The BBC Singers will be highlighted.

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London Festival of Baroque Music

10-18 May 2019)

Throughout the Baroque period, travel and exploration were key elements in the development of culture and they form the theme of this year’s London Festival of Baroque Music (10-18 May 2019), Crossing the Border. It will feature Jordi Savall and ensemble, Hespérion XXI, Le Concert de l’Hostel-Dieu, La Serenissima, The Bach Players, Ex Cathedra and La Nuova Musica.

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Cambridge Early Music Festival of the Voice

7-12 May 2019

Cambridge Early Music Festival of the Voice will take place 7-12 May. The Sollazzo Ensemble and the internationally celebrated vocal ensembles Tenebrae and The Gesualdo Six will join the famous choirs of King’s College, St John’s College and Gonville & Caius College in a feast of vocal music from the period 1400-1800.

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Canterbury Festival

19 October to 2 November

Kent’s international arts festival, Canterbury Festival, aims to surprise and delight audiences by showcasing incredibly talented performers from across the world. This year’s festival takes place from 19 October to 2 November and will include world class performances from the increasingly popular saxophonist Jess Gillam, who will be performing a world premiere of The Keys of Canterbury, The Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars and many more. The full programme will be released in July. You will be warmly welcomed to Canterbury Festival this year.

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Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

27 July - 4 August

The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra presents the Oxford Piano Festival (27 July - 4 August), providing gifted young pianists with an opportunity to work alongside some of the world’s finest musicians. Faculty include the festival’s patron, Alfred Brendel, opening the week with Chamber Music Masterclasses, and Boris Berezovsky who makes his Festival debut with a recital programme of Chopin Mazurkas book-ended by Rachmaninov.

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Machynlleth Festival

18 - 25 August 2019

18 - 25 August 2019 - The Machynlleth Festival has taken place every August since 1987. Each year some of the finest musicians from Wales and around the globe play and sing for us in the wonderful Tabernacle, a converted chapel with its superb acoustics, the unrivalled countryside of this beautiful part of the world, and of course, famous Welsh hospitality.

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Cowbridge Music Festival

6th-21st September 2019

6th-21st September 2019 For ten years now the old market town of Cowbridge at the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan has been home to one of Wales’ most exciting music festivals. The tenth anniversary programme is made up of over 30 events with a stellar line-up that includes saxophonist Jess Gillam, pianist Llŷr Williams and Tenebrae Consort, among many others.

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Molyvos Festival

8th-19th August 2019

Join a magical trip to the Aegean Sea for the 5th Molyvos International Music Festival – a feast of world-class classical music in a breathtaking landscape. Watch 27 renowned musicians from all over the world interpret the festival's core philosophy: DIA-LOGOS. Complex themes and emotions are enhanced by musical dialogues in different shapes and forms through many remarkable concerts.

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Two Moors Festival

11th-20th October 2019

The Two Moors Festival of chamber music is now in its 18th year. Twenty eight events with international soloists and ensembles will take place in idyllic locations in and around Dartmoor and Exmoor. This year's performers include Dame Sarah Connolly, Roderick Williams, Imogen Cooper, Sophie Rosa and the Pleyel Ensemble, with music ranging from baroque to contemporary.

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West Cork Chamber Music Festival

28th June-7th July 2019

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival runs from 28 June to 7 July in Bantry, County Cork, Ireland. This year's line-up includes Viviane Hagner, Barry Douglas, Borusan Quartet, Chiarascuro Quartet, Gloria Campaner, Ellen Nisbeth, Henning Kraggerud and many more. Expect concerts from morning to late night, as well as Ireland's only violin and bow making exhibition and a week-long programme of masterclasses.

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London International Festival of Early Music

7th-9th November 2019

The UK’s leading Early Music event returns to Blackheath SE3 with a vibrant exhibition attracting over 100 instrument makers. Festival concerts include: Solomon’s Knot, Red Priest, Elizabeth Kenny, Palisander, Tinka Pypker & Anders Muskens Duo, Thomas Tallis Society Choir with Orchestra of The Sixteen. Makers’ Demonstration & Performers’ Platform Recitals, Recorder Workshops with Sarah Jeffery & the Moeck/SRP Solo Recorder Player Competition Finals.

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Wimbledon International Music Festival

9th-24th November 2019

A jewel in London’s musical crown, the Wimbledon International Music Festival offers music from opera with Verdi’s Tosca, to swinging jazz and family concerts. This stellar programme presents some of the finest classical musicians in the world including Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Louis Lortie, Matthew Barley, Hugo Ticciati, The Philharmonia Orchestra, and stars of screen and stage, Patricia Hodge and Richard Stilgoe.

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Exeter Philharmonic Choir

26th October 2019

Exeter Philharmonic open its new season in East Devon with Bernstein’s ‘Chichester Psalms’... Exmouth’s Holy Trinity Church is the setting for an evening of English and American music by Exeter Philharmonic Choir on Saturday 26 October. The centrepiece, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, blends Biblical Hebrew verse and Christian choral tradition. Accompanying the Choir is the distinguished harpist Rachel Wick, who is joined by James Bower, a regular timpanist and percussionist with well-known orchestras. The audience will also be treated to a varied range of shorter works: Britten (Rejoice in the Lamb), Holst (Choral Hymns from Rig-Veda), Lauridsen (Nocturnes), Stanford (The Bluebird) and Parry (Blest pair of sirens). The venue has a maximum capacity of 250 so early booking is recommended.

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Warwick Arts Centre

Warwick Arts Centre brings you artistically brilliant music that engages with the challenges of our times. Featuring performances from world-renowned orchestras including Moscow Philharmonic, Flanders Symphony Orchestra, The Hallé and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, we also celebrate young talent with an eagerly anticipated visit from National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. There’s something for everyone at Warwick Arts Centre this season.

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