XV West Coast – Oeiras Early Music Festival


28 OCT 2022


17 DEC 2022




The 15th edition of the West Coast festival  takes place in Oeiras between October 28 and December 17, structuring its concert schedule between recitals of great soloists and reference works of the Baroque period for choir and orchestra. In addition to the usual spaces, such as the Chapel N. Sra. de Santo Amaro and the Mother Church of Oeiras, this year also includes the beautiful Baroque church of São Romão de Carnaxide, recently restored, where the opening concert takes place, and the Church of Paço de Arcos, with a concert-vote for the resolution of the conflict in Ukraine.

The 2022 edition continues to score for the premieres, the group 'Bach Consort Wien' which is presented for the first time in Portugal, and which opens the festival with the monumental 'Art of Fugue' by Johann Sebastian Bach; a concert dedicated to chamber music by Aldrovandini, bologna composer of the late seventeenth century, presented by the Ensemble Archipelago with the direction of Lorenzo Colitto ; and also the Cantata 'Peace in Europe' by Domingos Bomtempo, heard for the first time with period  instruments by the group ‘Os Músicos do Tejo'.

There are also two concerts that were postponed from the 2021 edition, the first, a singing recital by Ana Quintans, dedicated to women composers of the late eighteenth century; the second, a chamber music recital directed by the piper Jörg Fiedler (Basel) entirely dedicated to flute sonatas from Antonio Rodil, composer who made his career in Portugal in the second half eighteen century. The harpsichord occupies this year a prominent place with the recitals of the extraordinary Bruno procópio (Paris) and Javier Núñez (Seville). To close the festival, Handel's famous and always appreciated oratory 'The Messiah' will be presented, performed by the Baroque Orchestra 'Concerto Ibérico' and a set of international soloists on December 17 in the mother church of Oeiras.

At the same time, in the training area, the festival promotes the realization of seven masterclasses, baroque violin, cello, flute and harpsichord, with the most respected European interpreters.