Reimagining classical music for future generations
The Vache Baroque Festival, an open-air music venue specialising in Baroque repertoire, is back for a full season of cultural delights this summer! Set within the stunning grounds of The Vache, an historic stately home located in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, VBF brings audiences a varied programme of opera, dance, drama and much more.
The festival was established last year by alumna Betty Makharinsky (2012, Music) in response to the devastating impact the pandemic was having on performers. Its mission is to engage new and more diverse audience members and performers and help to reimagine classical music in a more accessible, sustainable and enjoyable way for future generations. As a registered charity all money goes into realising this, as well as funding a variety of community and education initiatives that we run throughout the year.
The summer season begins on Saturday 28 August with Paradise & Pandemonium, a dramatic reading of extracts from John Milton’s epic poems Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained delivered by two acclaimed British actors (to be announced) and punctuated with the music of J.S. Bach. Confirmed soloists include the distinguished countertenor, James Hall, and tenor, Nick Pritchard.
On Monday 30 August we welcome the return of renowned dance group BirdGang Ltd for an evening of contemporary dance to the sound of traditional Baroque suites. Presented by Master of Ceremonies, Ukweli Roach (Blindspot, Humans), our dancers add a modern twist to 17th and 18th century dance music with their world-class choreography.
Finally, on Friday 3 and Sunday 5 September, there will be two staged performances of Handel’s pastoral opera, Acis & Galatea, starring the celebrated soprano Rowan Pierce as Galatea. As Handel’s most enduring dramatic work, this beautiful tale of love, tragedy and prevailing hope will transport you to the idyllic utopia of nymphs and shepherds.
Patrons are warmly encouraged to arrive early to enjoy a picnic (bring your own or head to the onsite bar for a selection of food and drinks!), explore the gardens and watch the pre-show pop-up performances.
Tickets are now on sale so book now for the perfect day out!