Special anniversary programme planned

Paul McCreesh with the Gabrieli Consort & Players.
Paul McCreesh with the Gabrieli Consort & Players.
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The concert programme for the 2013 Brinkburn Music Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, has been unveiled .

The event, staged at Brinkburn Priory, takes place from Friday, July 5, to Sunday, July 7, and includes a performance from the Carducci String Quartet – one of the country’s most successful.

This year’s festival also marks an end of an era, as event founder Paul McCreesh will be stepping down from the role of artistic director – a position he has held for two decades.

He is to become artistic director of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon.

Gulliver Ralston, director of music at the University of Roehampton and at Oxford’s University Church, will take over the Brinkburn reins from next year.

McCreesh is sure the 2013 event – his final festival as artistic director – will be one to remember.

He said: “I’m very proud that, over the years, we have managed to bring world-class music to Brinkburn Priory.

“This year, we’ve invited back some of the festival’s most popular performers to help us celebrate our 20th anniversary.”

The festival will open with a performance from the Carducci String Quartet at 7.30pm on the Friday. Recognised as one of today’s must successful string quartets, the group will perform music by Britten, Shostakovich and Beethoven.

On the Saturday, at 7pm, the Northern Sinfonia will celebrate Benjamin Britten’s centenary with a concert that features composers linked to his life.

An audience with McCreesh takes place at 1pm on the festival’s final day. He will reminisce about his 20 years at Brinkburn.

This will be followed at 2pm by the Gabrieli Consort and Players. McCreesh will be the conductor.

Tickets for this year’s festival are now on sale for donors and patrons and friends. They will be available to the general public from Monday.

Visit www.brinkburnmusic.org or call 01665 798007.