Kate Gedge of Brecon Baroque Festival fills us in on how the event has become a fixture on the international music scene. She tells us why this beautiful Georgian market town, surrounded by the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons is the perfect place for the festival, thanks to its independent spirit and unique character. Taking place each October, the festival sees baroque musicians from across the world flock to the town for a long weekend of performances. If you’re unfamiliar with the form, baroque music originates from a specific time period and has its own repertoire. Performed with a variety of instruments, some quite unusual, it has a distinct, fresh and lively sound.
I absolutely love Brecon. It’s a very special place and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.
The festival was founded by Rachel Podger, a Brecon-based international baroque artist, and her partner Tim Cronin. As artistic director, Rachel invites world renowned baroque musicians to Brecon to perform alongside her at a number of special venues including Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon Cathedral, Plough Chapel and Christ College. Alongside the prestigious visitors, the festival also gives opportunities for local musicians to get involved – plus there’s a varied programme of talks and guided walks for attendees to enjoy. For Kate, the festival is a great way to show off the town where she’s lived for 20 years.
Listen on to hear the rest of her story.