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Deep in Bordeaux wine country, easily accessible with 2 airports nearby, at Château du Faure, an 18th century restored wine estate set in 20 acres, you will experience great music played by superb musicians plus, resident chefs will ensure you eat the best of what the region has to offer as well as savouring the celebrated local wines.

There are  a range of optional half day visits to enjoy too, from première Cru Châteaux to the home of the philosopher Montaigne. Few other European music festival destinations boast their own 9-hole golf-course, 3 swimming pools, tennis courts, croquet lawns, boules and other outdoor activities. You’ll discover, that between enjoying the exceptional performance schedule, that the beautiful surrounding French countryside is ideal for a whole range of outdoor pursuits including walking, cycling, canoeing and bird-watching.

Piano Festival

Saturday, June 13—Friday, June 19, 2015

Artistic Director: Nigel Grant Rogers

Take a superb Steinway D piano and a rare Pleyel DuoClave double piano (possibly one of only nine left in the world), and place them in the beautiful salon of an 18th century mansion set in the heart of the French wine-producing countryside, and you have all the ingredients for an intoxicating piano festival.

Artistic Director Nigel Grant Rogers, well-known for his role in developing the careers of pianists such as Freddy Kempf and Yevgeny Sudbin, has assembled an extraordinary line-up of famous pianists, joined by some exciting and brilliant young practitioners at the start of their careers.

In addition to the morning and evening concerts, during the informal post-dinner "A little Night Music" tradition of the festival allows the guest pianists to give short impromptu performances on the famous Pleyel DuoClave, a rare opportunity for guests to enjoy a mixture of international musical talents performing together.


Festival of Young Musicians

Saturday, July 4 - Saturday, July 11 2015
Host: Humphrey Burton C.B.E.
Artistic Director: Henrietta Hill

The Orpheus & Bacchus Festival takes great pride in supporting young artists and the 2015 programme is no exception with an unprecedented showcase of young, talented, performers and composers. The 2015 festival builds on last year’s event with some of the best musicians from Cambridge University but, this year the genre and scope has been significantly extended.

Humphrey Burton CBE, founder of the BBC Young Musician’s Competition is host for this exciting event. Four new classical works have been specially commissioned and will be premiered at this year’s Festival. But this year’s programme is not entirely confined to the ‘classical’ genre.

The Orpheus & Bacchus Festival are proud sponsors of the first album recorded by 19-year-old Belgian singer-songwriter, Louis de Roo, who will be performing the new work it in its entirety. The Festival of Young Musicians is a unique opportunity to meet the stars of the future, speak with the experts and share in their passion for music.

Vendange Music Festival

Saturday, October 3—Sunday, October 11

Autumn in France brings with it the anticipation of the annual harvest of some of the world’s most celebrated vineyards. Add to that mix the Orpheus and Bacchus Vendange Music Festival 2015 and the result is a vintage formula.

After the exceptional success of last Autumn’s Vendange Festival, the Goulds, the Wihans, pianists Maureen Galea and Andrew Brownell return, as well as some welcome newcomers - the cellist Joseph Spooner, the recently formed Busch Ensemble, and some of Cambridge University’s most talented musicians. Benjamin Frith - pianist in the Gould Trio - and Andrew Brownell will give a concert combining their formidable artistic forces on the Pleyel DuoClave.

Classical House Party

Friday 6th - Sunday 8th November, 2015
The Rosamunde Trio

Looking for a weekend break with a difference? This year the Classical House Party Weekend promises to deliver three days of exceptional music performed by the world renowned Rosamunde Trio. Marino Tirimo, pianist of the Trio, is an old friend of the Orpheus & Bacchus Music Festival, they will launch the first of the Classical House Party Weekends.

Relaxing in front of log fires, you will learn about the Wines of Bordeaux in a tasting session with two of the festival’s favoured Châteaux, then enjoy the wines over two gastronomic evenings delivered by regional chefs. Should you wish to extend your weekend, by arriving earlier or staying longer, the organisers are happy to offer additional bed & breakfast accommodation.

Harry Christophers & The Sixteen
The Choral Pilgrimage 2015 Flight of Angels
Music by two masters of the Spanish Renaissance:
Francisco Guerrero & Alonso Lobo