Lufthansa German Airlines has confirmed it looks forward to celebrating 30 years of the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music in 2014, a momentous year which also marks the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian succession to the British throne.

Renowned for its imaginative programming, the theme of the 2014 Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music will celebrate this major cultural period in German and British history, which began in October 1714 when Georg Ludwig, Elector of Hanover, ascended the throne in London as King George I, first monarch of the House of Hanover. The Festival will also celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of composer C.P.E. Bach; and 300 years since the foundation stone was laid at St John’s Smith Square — home to the festival since 1998 and a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture.

The 29th festival draws to a close this weekend, after a successful season which has included Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort & Players (“This performance … had some breath-taking moments..” The Independent), a Seasons double bill (“Pavlo Beznosiuk and friends captured (its) mellow beauty wonderfully…” The Daily Telegraph) and the jubilant annual concert at Westminster Abbey last night. The glorious nature-themed programme continues until Saturday evening’s closing concert with Carolyn Sampson and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.

Lufthansa German Airlines, in association with Rolls-Royce plc., and Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music are delighted to continue this fruitful partnership into 2014.

Full details of the 2014 Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music will be announced in November 2013.


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