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This year’s festival continued the upward rise in the fortunes of the Carmel Bach Festival with record audience figures, diversity and record revenue. It was deemed probably the most successful in its 81 year history!

My efforts to expand the repertoire, flexibility and musical reach of the festival received an enormous boost by a gift of 2.4 Million Dollars, give specifically to support my artistic vision and that of my artistic team. 

I have just been over in California to finalise and promote the programs for the 2019 Festival as well as celebrate this wonderful gift. In my address I said : For us it is a large vote of confidence in the Festival and particularly in the artistic direction and vision. It will enable us to take the necessary programming choices to continue the diversification of the festival and keep it fresh for the future.

I am now able to carry on with my 5th new music commission for the Festival. Having commission works by John Corigliano, Curt Cacioppo, Thea Musgrave and Caroline Shaw, I have commissioned a guitar concerto by the Hollywood film composer Mark Mancina to work as a companion piece to the Rodrigo concerto.

I am also able to continue expanding the Festival into other art forms by inviting Black Panther star actress Francesca Faridany to read the Shakespeare text for a presentation of the Mendelssohn Midsummer night’s dream. 

We start the Festival with Haydn’s Creation and end with Beethoven’s 4th symphony ( you can hear me performing the last movement with the Philadelphia orchestra in my web site Media section). The main Bach piece will be the Christmas Oratorio, but split up into three performances of two cantatas each, presenting them in three venues, with three conductors and three different formations. 

There will be up to 50 concerts next year and I will give more details when we go to press.

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© Paul Goodwin 2018