Summer Festivals

It's officially summertime and we here at Final Note are looking forward to getting our festival groove on over the coming months. We have rounded up a few of the best gigs that Europe has to offer throughout June, July and August.

ENGLAND: Glyndebourne

The Glyndebourne opera festival is set to thrill music lovers with its interpretation of an exciting collection of operatic treats including: Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (concludes 27 June); Leoš Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen (21 June–31 July); Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia (concludes 17 July); Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (3 July–24 August); Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict (23 July–27 August); and Britten's A Midsummer Night’s Dream (11–28 August). See:

IRELAND: Kilkenny Arts Festival

One of the musical highlights of this eclectic arts festival is the Mozart: Prince of Music series which runs throughout the entire event from 5–14 August. The festival will present a range from Mozart’s grandest opera to cycles of his piano sonatas, string quartets and late symphonies, alongside other masterworks, lectures and talks. See:

FRANCE: Festival Chopin à Paris

Fans of great piano music should get on down to Paris from 18 June–14 July, to experience the music of Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Prokoviev, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, and Brahms among others. See:

BELGIUM: MAfestival Brugge

Since its inception in 1963 this early music festival has played a crucial role in the dissemination and regeneration of historically informed performance. Every summer, it presents and creates a wide range of activities in venues all over the city including a thematic concert series; the prestigious International Competitions Musica Antiqua for young baroque soloists; a series of Fringe concerts for young and promising ensembles; and a specialist exhibition of historical instruments. See:

GERMANY: Mozartfest Würzburg

From 3 June to 3 July Mozartfest Würzburg traces the musical Europe of Mozart’s lifetime. With more than 60 concerts and events the Mozartfest invites visitors to top-class classical music from chamber to symphonic, and from vocal to world music. See:

SWITZERLAND: Verbier Festival

In the heart of the Swiss Alps, this unique festival has gained international recognition for its nurturing of young musicians through its Academy and three orchestras: the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra. From 22 July to 7 August attendees can enjoy performances from an array of world-class artists including Bryn Terfel, Yuja Wang, Behzod Abduraimov, András Schiff, Kate Aldrich, and Kyung Wha Chung. See:

NETHERLANDS: Utrecht Early Music Festival

Running from 26 August to 4 September, the Utrecht Early Music Festival is the largest of its kind in the world. Its programme includes over 150 concerts, summer school Lectures, an Early Music Exhibition, a STIMU-Symposium, and a variety of theatrical audio experiences. See:

FINLAND: Korsholm Music Festival
As one of Finland's most noted chamber music festivals (July 27th–August 4th), the event highlights the work of leading Nordic and international artists, with music ranging from baroque to classical chamber works and new music. See: