The first edition of the Monchique chamber music festival, called VilaNova, took place over three consecutive weekends in December: on the 4th, 11th, and 18th. It was the first time that lovers of classical music had the opportunity to experience multiple performances in different locations throughout the town’s urban area, over the course of a month.
The festival was organized by the Monchique Parish Council and had the support of the Parish and the Holy House of Mercy for the use of their spaces. The festival’s name is a reference to Monchique’s official name as a municipality in 1773, which celebrated its 250th anniversary in January of the following year. At that time, the official document formalized the town’s name as Vila Nova de Monchique.
Another feature of the festival was its diverse range of concert locations. The festival began with a performance by Michele Tomaz and Svetlana Bakushina on voice and piano at the Igreja Matriz on December 4th. On December 11th, Piotr and Savva Pereverzev and K. Nakuripova-Pereverzeva performed a concert with violin, guitar, and piano at the Igreja da Misericórdia. The festival’s final performance took place at the Igreja do Pé da Cruz, which had undergone renovations, and featured a harpsichord concert performed by Svetlana Bakushina, who is also the festival’s artistic director. The church was open to visitors who wanted to attend the concert or visit after the renovations.