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'A Celebration of Music in Hay' weekend ............ Rachel Podger (violin) and Kristian Bezuidenhout (harpsichord)

St Mary’s Church, Hay-on-Wye

Tickets £15 (students £7.50)

Tickets in person from Richard Booth's Bookshop, 44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye

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Please note:  time given for end of concert is approximate

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Hay Music proudly welcomes

Rachel Podger and Kristian Bezuidenhout

in a celebration of One Hundred Hay Music Concerts!


J.S. Bach:  Sonata for violin and harpsichord in G major, BWV 1019

Handel:  Sonata in D major HWV 371

J.S. Bach:  Sonata No 2 for Violin and Obligato Harpsichord in A major BWV 1015

C.P.E. Bach:  Sonata in B minor Wq 76

C.P.E. Bach:  Fantasie in f sharp minor Wq 67

J.S. Bach:  Chorale prelude 'Christ lag in Todesbanden' BWV 625

There is probably no more inspirational musician working today …” (Gramophone) Rachel Podger, “the queen of the baroque violin” (Sunday Times) has established herself as a leading interpreter of the Baroque and Classical music periods. She was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize in October 2015.  She is the founder and Artistic Director of Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque.

As a director and soloist, Rachel has enjoyed countless collaborations with musicians all over the world. Highlights include Robert Levin, Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, European Union Baroque Orchestra, English Concert, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Academy of Ancient Music, Holland Baroque Society, Tafelmusik (Toronto), and, in the USA, the Berwick Academy, the Handel and Haydn Society, Berkeley Early Music, Oregon Bach Festival, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. 

She has recently collaborated with harpsichordist Kristian Bezuidenhout with performances in Padova, Katowice, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Den Haag, Kiel, Seville, Oxford, and Boston USA. In 2018 Rachel led Brecon Baroque in their debut at the Edinburgh Festival and performed solo recitals and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and collaborated with acclaimed vocal group I Fagiolini to open the BBC Proms Chamber Music Series.

Rachel has won numerous awards including two Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Awards for La Stravaganza and Biber Rosary Sonatas, the Diapason d’Or de l’année in the Baroque Ensemble category for La Cetra Vivaldi concertos, a BBC Music Magazine Award in the instrumental category for Guardian Angel, and multiple Diapasons d’Or. The complete Vivaldi L’Estro Armonico concertos with Brecon Baroque was Record of the Month for both BBC Music and Gramophone Magazines, won the concerto category of the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Award, was awarded a Diapason d’Or and was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award .

Rachel is a dedicated educator and holds the Micaela Comberti Chair for Baroque Violin at The Royal College of Music, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she holds the Jane Hodge Foundation International Chair in Baroque Violin. She also has a developing relationship with The Juilliard School in New York.

Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. Born in South Africa, he began his studies in Australia, completed them at the Eastman School of Music and now lives in London. Kristian first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition. 

Kristian is a regular guest with the world’s leading ensembles including the Freiburger Barockorchester, Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester. He has guest-directed (from the keyboard) the English Concert, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Tafelmusik, Collegium Vocale, Juilliard 415 and the Kammerakademie Potsdam and Dunedin Consort. He has performed with artists including John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Trevor Pinnock, Giovanni Antonini, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Alina Ibragimova, Rachel Podger, Carolyn Sampson, Anne Sofie von Otter, Mark Padmore and Matthias Goerne.

Kristian's discography includes the complete keyboard music of Mozart, Mozart Violin Sonatas with Petra Müllejans, Mendelssohn and Mozart Piano Concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester, Beethoven and Mozart Lieder and Schumann Dichterliebe with Mark Padmore.

Kristian has recently becomes Artistic Director of the Freiburger Barockorchester and Principal Guest Conductor with the English Concert. He play-directs with both orchestras and also with Camerata Salzburg, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Zürcher Kammerorchester. As a soloist he performs with Orchestre des Champs Elysees/Herreweghe, Les Violons du Roy/Cohen and Le Concert Olympique/Caeyers.  Solo recitals and chamber music take him to London, Rome, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Munich, Cologne, Berlin, USA and Japan. 

Refreshments available during the interval