Presteigne Festival Orchestra

Presteigne Festival Orchestra

Biography

Founded in 1982 in the former county town of Radnorshire in Wales, the Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts has become a significant part of the Welsh cultural calendar. Internationally renowned for its commissioning of new work, support of living composers and with a long tradition for the encouragement of young artists, the organisation works closely with composers and performers to create and curate inspiring events for an ever-widening Festival audience, bringing experience- broadening opportunities to its host community.

In its relatively short history, the Festival has commissioned well over 200 new works and has hosted many eminent musicians as composer-in-residence, among them Sally Beamish, Cecilia McDowall, Joseph Phibbs, Peter Sculthorpe, Pēteris Vasks, Huw Watkins and Dame Judith Weir.

In 1989, the Festival founded its own resident chamber orchestra – a group of twenty or so young professionals who make Presteigne their home at the end of August each year, performing under conductor George Vass, the Festival’s Artistic Director since 1992.

Discography

Presteigne Premieres: New Music for String Orchestra
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Amy Dickson (saxophone) Rebecca Afonwy-Jones (mezzo-soprano) Katherine Baker (flute) Suzy W..
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