The Festival of Pollensa is about to start and this year will mark a shift back to the festival’s classical origins and away from other musical genres, literature and cinema. The composer Joan Valent directed the festival from 2011, but it is now under new direction. The Festival now rests with a technical committee of musicians and teachers including Marta Bauzá, Antoni Aragón, Joan Campomar, Noemí Dalmau and Carles Ponsetí. Together they have drawn up a schedule of seven concerts every Wednesday and Saturday in the Claustre de Santo Domingo starting Saturday 5 August.
The opening concert is from the Gabrieli Consort, a group specializing in the interpretation of a sacred repertoire. They will perform a cappella that travels through five centuries of songs of praise to the Virgin Mary with two of the great Marian antiphons of the 16th century. They will be followed by Carles Trepat — a master in Catalan guitar; the Balearic Symphony Orchestra accompanied by the soloists Julian Rachlin, Mischa Maisky and Itamar Golan; Quatuor Beat a brilliant perscussion group perform ‘Kromoritmos’, Les Musiciens du Louvre, a classical orchestra perform Mozart and Haydn; the pianist Nelson Freire, the string quartet Quartet Mandelring; and tenor Christoph Prégardien performing with pianist Julius Drake.
The programme was recently presented at the courtyard of Can Llobera in the Old Town to appeal to local residents, showing that classical music is not elitist but accessible to all. The council are also planning an informative campaign to bring classical music closer to schools. Next year, master classes with invited artists are in the pipeline.