Cartagena Festival

​The English Baroque Soloists use their inaugural visit to South America to showcase a selection of J.S. Bach’s finest instrumental repertoire at the Cartagena International Music Festival.

We are delighted to be performing in South America for the very first time, particularly in such a remarkable location as designated UNESCO World Heritage Site Cartagena de Indias.

Now in its thirteenth edition, the Cartagena International Music Festival is recognised as one of the foremost international classical music festivals. Drawing from its unique local context, diverse venues and warm atmosphere, the Festival provides an energetic yet intimate listening experience for a wide variety of orchestral and chamber music. In 2019, the Festival seeks to “bring to light the fascinating relationship between musical thought and scientific reasoning… Numbers, symmetry, proportions, natural forces and cosmic dynamics have been the source of inspiration for great composers throughout the centuries.”

It perhaps fitting, then, that the English Baroque Soloists will travel to Cartagena to present two programmes celebrating the music of a composer so readily associated with that heady combination of technical mastery and the divine: J.S. Bach. After many years of focussing on Bach’s vocal works, our two purely instrumental programmes will be performed in the chapel of the city’s old Santa Teresa convent on 9 and 10 January 2019.

Kati Debretzeni, the leader of the EBS, will be the soloist in three violin concertos, including the rarely-heard D minor (better known in its later version as a harpsichord concerto); and the South African keyboard player Kristian Bezuidenhout - a regular collaborator with the MCO ensembles who joined the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique two years ago for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 - will perform two of Bach’s harpsichord concertos. The virtuosic Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, and Orchestral Suite No. 2, with its famous concluding ‘Badinerie’, complete the programmes.


Wednesday 9 January 2019 at 4pm & 7pm (Programme 1) | Book now
Thursday 10 January 2019 at 4pm & 7pm (Programme 2) | Book now

Programme 1
Violin Concerto in A minor (Kati Debretzeni - violin)
Harpsichord Concerto in A (Kristian Bezuidenhout - harpsichord)
Violin Concerto in E (Kati Debretzeni - violin)
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor

Programme 2
Harpsichord Concerto in G minor (Kristian Bezuidenhout - harpsichord)
Violin Concerto in D minor (Kati Debretzeni - violin)
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5