Plenty of individual festivals have their own websites, although they
haven't all remembered that we're no longer in 1998! It appears (from taking
a random sample) to be very easy to forget to update the festival website
for the following year - organisers please note! Many festivals in the northern
hemisphere take place in July and August, so it's maybe understandable if
they're not yet displaying their new wares.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra has a combined website with the Tanglewood
Festival at www.tanglewood.org.
This is a fascinating site with lots and lots of information. The 1999 Tanglewood
Festival begins on July 9th when the BSO and music director Seiji Ozawa
play Beethoven's 6th and 7th symphonies. The 1999 Tanglewood season runs
on into August, continuing the celebrations of Ozawa's 25th anniversary
as music director, and featuring Claudio Abbado with the Gustav Mahler Youth
Orchestra in residence, and Wynton Marsalis with the Lincoln Center Jazz
Orchestra in a Duke Ellington Centennial celebration.
The Vanbrugh Quartet play amongst some of Ireland's most spectacular
scenery at the fourth West Cork Chamber Music Festival from June 27th until
July 4th 1999. Guest artists include Quatuor Mosaïques, The Arditti
String Quartet, Patrick Cohen, the Parnassus Piano Trio, Patricia Rozario
(singing a new work by John Tavener for soprano and quartet, plus music
by Beethoven and Villa Lobos) and Alban Gerhardt, winner of the 1993 International
Leonard Rose Cello Competition. The festival takes place in Bantry House
- a stately home in Bantry Bay, and its cyberspace home is www.rte.ie/music/vanbrugh/festival.html.
The 1999 Edinburgh International Festival (15 August - 4 September) lists
a few highlights on its website at www.ed.ac.uk/~eif
until the full programme is posted at the end of March. This three week
festival embraces the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado, Angelika
Kirchschlager, David Daniels, Bryn Terfel, Till Fellner, a Turandot
production directed by Saburo Teshigawara, Ensemble Modern, John Adams,
Bernard Haitink, Alfred Brendel, Christian Tetzlaff, Christopher Maltman,
Frank Peter Zimmermann, Simon Rattle, Günter Wand, András Schiff,
Sir Charles Mackerras, Maria João Pires, Soile Isokoski, Simon Keenlyside,
Christian Zacharias, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Symphony Orchestra
Hamburg and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
The 52nd Aldeburgh Festival of Music and The Arts - www.aldeburgh.org.uk
- 11 - 27 June 1999 has a new Artistic Director - Thomas Adès. Artists
presented include Imogen Cooper, Alfred Brendal, Ian Bostridge, Steven Isserlis,
Felicity Lott, Oliver Knussen, Thomas Adès, the BBC Symphony Orchestra,
the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
and the Britten-Pears orchestra. Per Norgard is this year's featured composer,
and a new production of the Adès opera Powder Her Face will
be directed by David Alden and co-produced by the Aldeburgh Festival and
'Come to Worcester for the experience of a lifetime.' reads the website
for this year's Three Choirs Festival (www.3choirs.org)
at Worcester, UK, running from August 21st - 27th. They're celebrating the
passing of 100 years since Elgar wrote his Enigma Variations, 150
years of the Berlioz Te Deum, anniversaries of Chopin, Duke Ellington,
Poulenc and Richard Strauss, and they have a 'death and transfiguration'
theme running through the programme, with the Strauss Four Last Songs,
Mahler's 3rd Symphony, Szymanowski's Stabat Mater, Verdi's Requiem
and A song for the End of the World commissioned for the festival
by Francis Pott. Nearby, across the border into Wales, the Presteigne Festival
runs from August 26th - 31st and features the music of John McCabe, Alun
Hoddinot and Graham Fitkin - well worth staying in the area for both festivals.
The Bonk Festival of New Music at www.bonkfest.org
begins very shortly in the Tampa Bay (Florida) area. The festival runs from
February 28th until March 7th 1999 and presents 'high-caliber performances
of cutting-edge works by emerging composers from around the world'. Includes
acoustic, computer and electronic media.
I suspect we'll be returning to look at more festivals before long, when
a few more festival directors have put up their 1999 calendars! Mea culpa,
of course, for producing this too early in the year :)
Copyright © Keith Bramich, February 23rd
Directories of Festival web sites
In general the information here is a little disappointing. No single
one of the sites listed here has all the information in an easy to access
form. Maybe it's the time of year, or maybe this area of the on-line music
world isn't yet that advanced? Where, for example, can I see a list of all
the music festivals taking place next month?
- If you're looking for festivals in a particular country, try the Music Information Centre for that country - many
centres have lists of or features about festivals. I found 'Festivals in
Norway' at www.norwayfestivals.com
by visiting the NMIC site.
- Arioso.com lists many festivals
and concert series in the United States. FestivalFinder - www.festivalfinder.com
- also lists the music festivals of North America in various genres. MusicalOnline
lists festivals in the USA and internationally at www.musicalonline.com/Competitions_and_festival_directory.html
- The Arts Bureau for the Continents at www.abc.ca
- has a list of festivals. Most (if not all) seem to be competitive festivals.
- BAFA, the British Arts Festivals Association, maintains a directory
of its member festivals, with links to those with websites, at www.artsfestivals.co.uk. An alternative
guide to music festivals in the UK is Festival Focus at www.v8music.demon.co.uk/festival-focus/
- Festivals en France - visiter www.muser.tm.fr. This
site covers all sorts of festivals - not just music - organised into categories.
- Festival Seeker - festivalseeker.com
- is Canada's Guide to Festivals and Events.
- Festpass (www.festpass.com -
the European Festival Network) has now been updated for the 1999 season,
containing details of 1000 European festivals. Ideal for those seeking
cultural to-do's whilst travelling.
has a large list of festivals, competitions, concerts and concert venues
in various countries.
has a clickable map of the world with festivals listed in most areas. This
seems the most comprehensive of all the directories, and has the nicest
interface. Unfortunately it doesn't currently include website links to
- The classical music department of Georgetown Preparatory School's World
Wide Web Virtual Library at www.gprep.org/classical
has a section entitled 'Festivals and Miscellaneous Organizations'. More
miscellaneous than festivals, some of the links are also out of date.
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