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Pause 2018

10-19 August

"Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction."

- E.O.Wilson


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 had our first pause last year: five nights of open-air classical concerts featuring Maria Joáo Pires and an assembly of prodigious talent from around the world. For audiences and artists alike, it was a truly special experience – and one we had to repeat.

Once again, nightly classical concerts are at the centre of the event. The artists, many of whom have collaborated previously on recordings and in performances, will be grouping and regrouping, performing both individually and together in a programme of music that allows for spontaneity and magic.


Our Opening Night concert and celebrations on August 14 take place in the village of El Gastor. The 5 nights of classical concerts take place at La Donaira, a naturally luxurious retreat set in 1700 acres of mountain forest and organic farmland in the Serranía de Ronda, Andalucia.



The line-up

We welcome back acclaimed pianists Julien Brocal and Julien Libeer and the cellist Camille Thomas, as well as composer Rupert Huber. They all held us spellbound last year. Among new artists already confirmed are the American virtuoso violinist Caroline Goulding, cellist Lidy Blijdorp and pianist Elodie Vignon.

The Dates

August 14: Opening Night Concert & Celebrations, El Gastor. We'll be debuting a choral piece written especially for the festival by avant-garde composer and pianist Rupert Huber. Performed by three local choirs and weaving traditional Spanish songs with the modern, and the local with the universal, the concert is the perfect way to mark the start of pause. Celebrations will be held in El Gastor from 20:00, so join us! Iglesia San José. Starts 21:00: Free Entry.

August 15-19: Open-air classical concerts at La Donaira. Open to the public. Each evening begins with a gourmet tapas and wine reception. Ticketed events.

Getting here: La Donaira is approximately 25min from Ronda in the province of Malaga, Spain. The nearest airports are Seville (1hr), Jerez (1hr), and Malaga (1hr,40mins); Ronda has a train service. Transport from airports, station and local hotels is available on request.