"Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction."
We invite you to pause.
Quite possibly the most intimate and relaxed classical music festival in the world.
Taking place in a spectacular setting high in the mountains of Andalucia and created by the musicians themselves, pause brings the arts to the wild that so often inspires it in a celebration and exploration of man's relationship with nature.
We launched last year with five nights of open-air classical concerts featuring Maria Joáo Pires and an assembly of prodigious talent from around the world.
Classical concerts held at night under the stars will once again be at the heart of the festival. The artists – many of whom have recorded and performed together in the past – will be crafting a programme of music that allows for spontaneity and magic.
We open this year with a choral piece written especially for the festival by Rupert Huber, performed by local choirs as part of the fringe festival activities in on and off-site venues.
Artists: Pianists Julien Brocal and Julien Libeer, cellist Camille Thomas, and pianist/composer Rupert Huber return for a second pause. Virtuoso violinist Caroline Goulding, cellist Lidy Blijdorp and pianist Elodie Vignon are among the new additions confirmed for 2018.
Location: Andalucia, Spain. Concerts take place on a mountain stage at La Donaira, a 700-hectare property in the Serranía de Ronda (Malaga). The opening night choral event will be held in the old church of neighbouring pueblo blanco El Gastor.
Getting here: The nearest airports are Seville (1hr), Jerez (1hr), and Malaga (1hr,40mins); Ronda (25mins) has a train station. Transport from airports, station and local hotels is available on request. Accommodation is available at La Donaira and the surrounding area.