A quick note to our Friends to say that there will sadly be no Fringe this year. More information to follow.

An independent festival on the Fringe of Brecon Baroque

Sunday, 23 October 2016 at 5pm
Cantref Church, Brecon LD3 8LR


A trip to London

solo harpsichord recital
Froberger, Purcell, Blow

Pawel Siwczak returns to Cantref Church to celebrate Froberger’s 400 birth anniversary and his music composed “to survive melancholy” after a disastrous travel to London. Alongside other Froberger’s works this year’s recital also features music written by two prominent London-based composers: John Blow and his celebrated student Henry Purcell.

Programme to include:

Johann Jakob Froberger
Plaine faite a Londres pour passer la melancholie
Toccata VI in A major
Lamentation faite sur la mort tres douloureuse de Sa Majeste Imperial Ferdinand III, et se joue lentement et avec discretion

Henry Purcell
Voluntary for Double Organ in D

John Blow
Ground in ELaMi


Duration approx. 1 hour

Pawel Siwczak is a solo harpsichordist, fortepianist & historical keyboard specialist, winner of the 8th Broadwood Harpsichord Competition (2007), the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize (2006, Musica Britannica) and the award of the Minister of Culture of Poland (‘Mloda Polska’ 2009).

In 2004 Pawel completed his postgraduate piano studies with Elzbieta Tarnawska at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw where he also studied harpsichord with Wladyslaw Klosiewicz.

Pawel studied harpsichord & fortepiano at the Royal Academy of Music with Carole Cerasi and clavichord & continuo with Terence Charlston and in 2008 was awarded a Master of Music degree (with distinction) and a special prize for an outstanding final recital (DipRAM). He was a Junior Fellow at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and is a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music.

Pawel combines his solo concert career with experience as a chamber musician and continuo player, also conducting from the harpsichord. He has performed with orchestras such as Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gabrieli Consort & Players, The King’s Consort, Capella Cracoviensis, Retrospect Ensemble, BBC Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and others conducted by Sir Mark Elder, William Christie, Trevor Pinnock, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington. His touring activities took him to Austria, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Spain, and Sweden.

Pawel recorded for the BBC Early Music Show with soprano Rachel Nicholls and appeared many times on BBC Radio 3 In Tune. His CDs include Bach arranging and arranged and Bach and his Rivals, with The Bach Players (2008) and Stephen Dodgson’s music for guitar and harpsichord (2009).

Inspired by Wanda Landowska “shaking prejudices” Pawel always strives to engage with his audience and to communicate his enjoyment of harpsichord music to contemporary listeners.




£12 Adults 
Free for under 18s

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