Summer Festivals 2013: From Traditional Events in Picturesque Surroundings to Avant-Garde Performances in Radical Spaces, We Reveal the Very Best of This Year's Music Festivals throughout Europe and North America

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Summer Festivals 2013: From Traditional Events in Picturesque Surroundings to Avant-Garde Performances in Radical Spaces, We Reveal the Very Best of This Year's Music Festivals throughout Europe and North America


Nepil, Hannah, Gramophone


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UK FESTIVALS

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ALDEBURGH FESTIVAL

June 7-23

For Benjamin Britten's centenary, the biggest party of all takes place in the composer's home town. Among the boldest ventures is a production of Britten's Peter Grimes on the beach, directed by Tim Albery, accompanied by a devised journey through the town by the theatre company Punch drunk. Other offerings include a staging of Britten's church parables in Orford Church, a performance of The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra from the Halle Orchestraunder Sir Mark Elder, and new works inspired by Britten from a range of composers including Harrison Birtwistle and jazzman Guy Barker. Non-Britten fare includes Stockhausen's Kontakte and Bach's St John Passion performed by the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra under Sir John Eliot Gardiner aldeburgh.co.uk

BATH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

May 22-June 2

The composer Alasdair Nicolson takes over as artistic director in the festival's 65th anniversary year, building a programme around 'Monsters, Myths, Mystics and Magic'. Highlights include the world premiere of David Knotts's cabaret opera An Eye for an Eye, Martin Constantine's new production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, staged in the Roman Baths, Arvo Parts Fratres, with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, a cabaret concerto commissioned for cellist and baritone Matthew Sharp, and Bach's complete Brandenburg Concertos from Florilegium. bathmusicfest.org.uk

BBC PROMS

July 12-September 7

We won't know what's in store for us at the Proms until mid-April, when the programme is announced. The full schedule appears in our July issue. bbc.co.uk/proms

BEVERLEY AND EAST RIDING EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL

May 22-26

Guest artists include the Renaissance vocal ensemble Gallicantus performing Tallis's Lamentations and Lassus's Lagrime di San Pietro; the harpischordist, conductor and founder of the English Concert Trevor Pinnock, who presents a programme inspired by the travels of composer Antonio Cabezon; and early music ensemble the Carnival Band with singer Vivien Ellis, marrying chapel and tavern music. ncem.co.uk

BRADFIELD FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

June 22-29

Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber performs this year at medieval St Nicholas' Church in the picturesque Yorkshire town of High Bradfield. Other participants include soprano Elizabeth Watts, clarinettist Emma Johnson, Harlequin Brass, the Cantumus Girls Choir and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. bradfieldfestivalofmusic.co.uk

BRIGHTON FESTIVAL

May 4-26

Former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen is guest director, and part of the team behind the festival's commission The Great Enormo. The piece features a text by Rosen, which he will narrate, and a score by James Morgan and Juliette Pochin, to be performed by the City of London Sinfonia. The other world premiere is Neil Bartlett and Paule Constable's staging of Britten's Five Canticles, with tenor Ian Bostridge and Scott Graham from physical theatre company Frantic Assembly. brightonfestival.org

BUCKINGHAM SUMMER FESTIVAL

July 6-13

Festival highlights in this its 25th anniversary year include an evening dedicated to Debussy, with actor Robert Powell, a performance from the harp quartet 4 Girls 4 Harps, and a cello cabaret evening in which cellist Zoe Martlew demonstrates the extremes of avant-garde techniques. The Orchestra of Stowe Opera performs Brahms's Third, and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with Dima Tkachenko. buckinghamsummerfestival.org

BURY STEDMUNDS FESTIVAL

May 16-19

Among the classical highlights are performances by the Aurora Orchestra, the Tallis Scholars, the Royal Academy of Music Octet and the Retorica violin duo. The Bury Bach Choir perform Verdi's Requiem, and Matthew Barley drops in on his Around Britten' tour to perform the Third Suite for Solo Cello.

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