David Brophy (conductor with the RTE Concert Orchestra) and Natasha Fennell join us in studio to talk about summer music festivals.
WOMAD(World of Music, Arts and Dance) will be on in Charlton Park in Wiltshire (near Bristol), UK from the 25th – 28th July. It’s essentially a world music festival including music from Brazil, Jamaica, Norway, Spain and Pakistan amongst many others.
Adult weekend tickets cost £145 and children go free and access to the campsite and festival arena is from 8am on Friday 26th to Monday 29th July.
There’s plenty of fun for kids as well with art workshops, they can design t-shirts, make graffiti walls, there are beatboxing sessions and circus skills too.
There’s also a global market which is full to the brim with delicious food, colourful trinkets, independent stallholders selling their unique wares and innovative charities.
For further information see http://womad.co.uk/
Siena Jazz Festival
Festival will be on the 10th, 11th and 12th of June (next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). If anyone is heading to Italy, this is a brilliant festival. There will be a second one on from July 24th to August 7th.
Will take place in Siena which is a city in Tuscany. I was there years ago, most of the concerts are free of charge as they are happening in the public spaces.
It’s the first of many jazz festivals that will be happening in Italy over the summer. Others include the Umbria Jazz festival in Perugia, Italy from July 5th to 14th (has 45,000 likes on Facebook so is obviously very popular).
BBC Proms - like all festivals, it is no longer sticking to its classic remit – other genres are included. Go to www.bbc.co.uk/proms and on the website they have a Where to Begin menu. There are hundreds of events from July until September. Many events in the Royal Albert Hall and Royal College of Music. There is all types of music, classical, choral, chamber, jazz, world and even spoken word.
Llangollen International Eistedfodd in Wales – this is the biggest Choral music festival in the world. Luciano Pavarotti sang there in the 1950s with his father's choir. It takes place 9-14 July. It’s not too far away. Plenty of ancillary kids events – so good for families.
Glyndebourne Opera Festival – Wales – May to August
It offers a range 6 operas throughout May to August. Then the productions go on tour. The programme this year includes Ariadne auf Naxos, Strauss – May-July; Falstaff by Verdi – May-July; Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart, June-Aug; Hippolyte et Aricie, Rameau, June-Aug; Don Pasquale, Donizetti, July-Aug; Billy Budd, Benjamin Britten, Aug.
Wexford Festival Opera – October
Not on until the Autumn but not far to travel. It takes place in the beautiful and relatively new opera house in Wexford.
West Cork Chamber Music festival
- Bantry, Co Cork – 28th June- 6 July
- (also a master of tradition festival in Bantry in August)
Wagner Festival – Bayreuth
In Bavaria in Germany, it takes place every year. There is a 10 year waiting list for tickets!
Dubrovnik Summer Fest 10 July-24 Aug
Stunning setting to combine with a summer holiday. There’s music, opera, theatre and circus performances. If you’re heading there on holidays check out the events in Dubrovnik. Also there is a huge array of dance music festivals in Croatia throughout the summer.
Verbier Festival – Switzerland 19July-4 Aug
This takes place in a Swiss ski resort
It’s not a festival but it’s worth travelling to Italy to attempt the Opera at La Scala. Tickets can also be pricey!
Montreal - this is perhaps the biggest Jazz festival in the world and takes place in Oscar Peterson Hall in Montreal from 4 June to 7 July.
Montreaux Rock and Jazz – Switzerland – takes place in July – very well established with an eclectic mix.
Cork Jazz Festival – this is October.
Glastonbury – There’s a huge array of music and other events, spoke word, installations, theatre. The Rolling Stones are headlining this year.
Womad – UK (just also took place in Swaziland last month – Natasha’s sister was there) – 25th July
- A festival which was set up by musician Peter Gabriel in 1980.
It takes place in Charlton Park, Bristol – 25-28th July. Kids go free!
What advice would you give before booking?
- do your research
- make sure there’ll be enough interest there for you
“Rock” and other festivals of interest
- Newport Folk Festival – USA 26th July
- Glastonbury – 26-30 June – UK – sold out
- Electric picnic – Portlaoise, September
- if you’re really interest in heavy metal, there are loads of festivals around Europe for that kind of music.