26 August – 4 September 2022

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

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.

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!”

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.
  • An online video series championing female baroque composers (May to July).
  • 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.