Tickets are now on sale for The Vache Baroque Festival, which is back for its third summer offering, having launched during the pandemic to bring world-class Baroque music to The Chilterns AONB.

The Vache Baroque Festival

The highlight this season is Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers, which takes place in the beautiful grounds of The Vache, the house previously owned by King James II.

The Vache Baroque Festival @Ben Tomlin

Co-Founders Jonathan Darbourne and Betty Makharinsky comment: “When we founded the festival in 2020, we wanted to celebrate the return of live music-making at a time when we all needed it most. We’re extremely grateful to our trustees, our patron James Bowman CBE and our audience, who have helped us to grow the festival into what it is today. We’re thrilled to offer an exciting programme of events this summer. There’s something for everyone, no matter your musical taste or experience level. We can’t wait for you to join us!”

The Vache Baroque Festival 2021, Acis & Galatea

Highlights of Vache Baroque’s 2022 season include:

  • A production of Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers, led by Music Director Jonathan Darbourne and Stage Director Jeanne Pansard-Besson. Samuel Boden stars in the title role, with Henry Waddington as Pluton, with stunning Choreography by Ukweli Roach and dancers BirdGang Ltd (2 and 4 September)
  • A platform for emerging artists to create alongside some of the industry’s leading lights
  • A series of pop-up multi-disciplinary installations as part of each production and event
  • A celebration of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier

Vache Baroque is open to everyone. Local audiences are invited to attend the open dress rehearsal and participate in a Come and Sing event which offers an introduction to singing for all levels and abilities. The festival will also hold several series of schools workshops to engage young people variously in singing, the science of tuning, and the art of costume design. Their work will feature throughout the festival.

Friday 2 and Sunday 4 September: Orphée by Charpentier This will be a beautiful and unusual show in French all about Orpheus. His bride Euridice dies from a snake bite but he is determined to bring her back to life! So he sings and plays his way through the underworld to see if Pluton will grant his wish. Will it be enough? Join us to find out.

The grounds will be open from 3pm until about 8.30pm. Main show around 6.30pm but do arrive early for picnics, sound installations, pre-show pop-ups and general exploring!

Saturday 3 September: A History of Sound Join us for a 25 minute interactive show followed by hands-on workshop stalls. You’ll meet some EPIC characters from (music) history and then get to… try out some real instruments, create some new ones out of household objects and even carve your own vegetable pipe!

There will be two events: 10.30am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 4pm.

  • Date: 02 September 2022 - 04 September 2022
  • The Vache Baroque Festival The Vache in Chalfont, St. Giles, HP8 4SD
  • Tickets: from £5
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