I’ve just come back from the Presteigne Festival which I’ve been reviewing for the Western Mail and Hereford Times.
It’s a great little town on the Welsh border – rather like stepping back forty years in time (try linking up to Wi-fi there…).
These days the festival is very much a contemporary music event. It could easily spell disaster at the box office, but the concerts and talks have been packed out with enthusiastic, appreciative audiences, with the normally sleepy little border town bustling with activity well into the small hours (a special pop-up festival bar in someone’s house might have something to do with it). Here is St Andrew’s Church where many of the events are held.
This year there was a special focus on recent Polish music. Here’s Pawveł Łukaszewski whose impressive 55 minute Requiem caused quite a lot of controversy.
Below is a link to my review in the Western Mail. There are a couple of short reviews still to come in the Hereford Times.