The Presteigne Festival programme brings together a wide variety of diverse musical elements, but with a major American strand running throughout – also mirrored in the supporting programme. We welcome two distinguished composers-in-residence – Cheryl Frances-Hoad from the UK and from the US, Hannah Lash who will also perform as a virtuoso harpist. We continue our exploration of British contemporary music, with be no fewer than nine premieres over the Festival period, which opens with Nova Music Opera’s production of Stephen McNeff’s community opera ‘The Burning Boy’, to a libretto by Cornish poet, Charles Causley.