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Festival: London Festival of Baroque Music


May 11th - 19th, 2018

The London Festival of Baroque Music – one of the leading European festivals of its kind – was founded in 2015 to preserve the legacy and profile of the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, which had run for 30 years. Now in its third year, it continues to invite leading performers in the Baroque field to London, where they can be heard alongside the best of the UK’s home-grown talent. Artists to have performed there in recent years include Bach Collegium Japan, Iestyn Davies, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Dunedin Consort, Mahan Esfahani, Concerto Soave, the Monterverdi String Band and the European Union Baroque Orchestra.  

LFBM takes place in May at the converted Baroque church of St John’s Smith Square, as well as at Westminster Abbey and other selected venues in the Westminster area. It reaches a wide audience both in the hall and through regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. 

LFBM always programmes to specially chosen and carefully curated themes. Recent examples include ‘Women in Baroque Music (2015) and ‘The Word’ (2016), exploring the relationship between music and language. Alongside the main programme the Festival also features a young artist programme ‘Future Baroque’ a late-night alternative slot ‘Late o’Clock Baroque’, a choral workshop for amateurs ‘Sing Baroque’, and a series of talks and guided walks.

For full information, visit the London Festival of Baroque Music website.

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