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Forthcoming classical music festivals, summer schools, master classes and competitions

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George Enescu International Competition
1-23 September 2018, Bucharest, Romania

400 young musicians from 46 countries have enrolled for the 2018 competition, which is open to the public. The categories are violin, cello, piano and composition.

31 August — 23 September 2018, Bonn, Germany

International Mendelssohn Festival
10-23 September 2018, Hamburg, Germany

Festival Maribor
20-28 September 2018, Maribor, Slovenia

Yorkshire Dales English Music Festival
5-7 October 2018, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

The third Yorkshire Dales English Music Festival builds on the success of previous events with an even more exciting programme. It will begin on Friday 5 October 2018 in the beautiful surroundings of St Andrew's Church, Aysgarth, with a combined concert and film showing. The EMF has collaborated with the Yorkshire Film Archive, commissioning three new films of archive material celebrating life, landscape, transport and work in the Yorkshire Dales; and we have set up a competition for top composition students to write music for these three films: the winning entries will be performed in this opening concert alongside the films that they describe.

Saturday 6 October will see a variety of recitals and concerts in St Andrew's, and on Sunday 7 the festival moves to Bolton Castle for several more concerts, including a violin-and-cello duo recital, performances of Howells' and Lambert's Clavichord, and a concert for violin and narrator, with new works written especially for the occasion by the composers Richard Blackford and Paul Lewis.

MRF Music Festivals - Cracovia choir and orchestra festival
3-7 October 2018, Cracow, Poland

Tenth international choral and orchestral festival in Cracow.

Brecon Baroque Festival - Angels and Archangels
19-22 October 2018, Powys, United Kingdom

MRF Music Festivals - choir and orchestra festival on Lake Garda
18-22 October 2018, Lago di Garda, Italy

12th International choral and orchestral festival on Lake Garda in Italy

Canta al mar - international choral festival
24-28 October 2018, Catalunya, Spain

The festival 'Canta al mar' has become an essential activity in Interkultur's event calendar. Since 2012 choirs from all over the world have met in the city of Calella in Catalonia/Spain to celebrate the international choral festival through songs and local delights.

Wexford Festival Opera
19 October — 4 November 2018, Wexford, Ireland

Since the first 'Festival of Music and the Arts' took place in October 1951, Wexford Festival Opera has grown into one of the world's leading opera festivals. In 2017 Wexford Festival Opera won Best Opera Festival in the World at the 2017 International Opera Awards.

Right from the beginning, the Festival made a name for itself by introducing audiences to unjustly neglected works, many of which have since found a place in the canon. For 66 years the Festival has breathed new life into forgotten masterpieces, establishing a reputation for high-quality productions that, every year, bring thousands of opera-lovers flocking to Wexford from all over the world.

MRF Music Festivals: Choirs and Orchestras
1-5 November 2018, Vienna, Austria

5th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Vienna (Austria)

On Stage - choral festival
8-11 November 2018, Prague, Czech Republic

Birthplace of the icon of existentialist literature, Franz Kafka, and of the renowned romantic composer, Antonín Dvořák, Prague has been described as a diamond among pearls and as the Paris of the 90s. The Gothic jewel of the kingdom of Bohemia, capital of today's Czech Republic, Prague has been called the most picturesque city in the world.

Donatella Flick Conducting Competition
20-22 November 2018, London, United Kingdom

'We have thought very carefully about how best my competition can benefit young conductors, and this is why we have decided to change the criteria for applications, broadening reach, while also ensuring that it is conductors at the very start of their careers who benefit. I am delighted to partner with for the first live stream of the Competition, and also to allow the public into the preliminary rounds. I believe that the more we can open up music-making to the world, the more people will be as enthralled and inspired by it as I am, so I'm really pleased that so many more people will have the opportunity to see the finalists in action next year. Finally I want to thank the extraordinary conductors and musicians who are on the judging panel, as I know each of them will inspire everyone who takes part. I wish everyone who enters the very best of luck!' - Donatella Flick

Lucerne Piano Festival
17-25 November 2018, Lucerne, Switzerland

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
16-25 November 2018, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

hcmf// is the UK's largest international festival of new and experimental music, taking place over ten days and consisting of approximately fifty events - including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film - with a related Learning and Participation programme devised and implemented to reflect the artistic programme and respond to regional need.

Montreal Bach Festival
22 November — 7 December 2018, Montreal, Canada

Since 2005, The Montreal Bach Festival is North America's premiere destination for the timeless musical genius of Johann Sebastian Bach and the cultural legacy that he has inspired. Through a series of concerts and educational programs, the Bach Festival showcases our elite musicians to the world and brings world class performers to Quebec. It contributes significantly to Montreal's international reputation as a cultural metropolis, attracting both international and local audiences to enrich the life of Montrealers as well as its communal life. The greatest artists in the world come to Montreal to honor Johann Sebastian Bach. His infinitely beautiful music has found a home at the Montreal Bach Festival.

MRF Music Festivals: Choirs and Orchestras
6-9 December 2018, Baden, Germany

8th International choir and orchestra festival in Baden (Germany)

On Stage - choral festival
13-16 December 2018, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Britain's second largest city and Europe's 8th most populous metropolitan city, Birmingham has got a perfect location, right at the heart of Britain, with only one hour and a half by train from London and just one hour to Shakespeare's home, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Valletta International Baroque Festival
11-26 January 2019, Valletta, Malta

Sing'n'Joy - the American international choral festival
14-18 February 2019, Princeton, United States of America

After the overwhelming success of the first edition in February 2017 Princeton, New Jersey will again become a meeting point for choirs from all over the globe in 2019. In the world of choral singing Princeton, the city located south of New York is well known for being the home of the Westminster Choir College, one of the world's leading music schools.

MRF Music Festivals: Choirs and Orchestras
13-17 March 2019, Rome, Italy

8th International choir and orchestra festival in Rome (Italy)

MRF Music Festivals: choirs and orchestras
3-7 April 2019, Istria, Croatia

9th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Porec (Istria, Croatia)

MRF Music Festivals: choirs and orchestras
1-5 May 2019, Costa Barcelona, Spain

8th International choir and orchestra festival in Calella on the Costa Barcelona (Spain).

Colorado MahlerFest XXXII
13-19 May 2019, Colorado, United States of America

One day in the 1970s, Robert Olson was reading a Mahler biography while sitting at the shore of Lake Dillon near Breckenridge, Colorado - a favorite spot framed by the magnificent 14,000 foot peaks of the Rockies.

Olsen had studied conducting with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna, where he had been deeply moved by the funeral march from Mahler's Symphony No 5 played at the Austrian president's funeral.

Olsen realized that this beautiful Colorado landscape was not unlike Mahler's summertime composing environs, and it was then that he conceived the Colorado MahlerFest.

Venezia Music Festival 2019
22-26 May 2019, Venice, Italy

Salzburg Whitsun Festival
7-10 June 2019, Salzburg, Austria

Three Choirs Festival
27 July — 3 August 2019, Gloucester, United Kingdom

Hong Kong International Piano Competition and Joy of Music Festival
7-24 October 2019, Hong Kong, China

Three Choirs Festival
25 July — 1 August 2020, Worcester, United Kingdom

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