On Wednesday, 4 July 2018, the 23rd International Festival of Classical Music was opened in the Church of St. Martin in Bled with the participation of 127 performers. The organiser of the festival is the local Department of Culture. The founder and creative manager is Jernej Brence.
The highlight of the opening ceremony was the famous “Salut d’Amour” written by the world known English composer Edward Elgar in 1888. Its variations were performed not only in the classical version, but also in jazz and rock adaptations.
Under the auspices of the festival, the music education courses are held with the participation of 10 teachers and 98 listeners from 30 June to 18 July 2018. Slovenia is represented by 46 listeners, and the rest are citizens of Israel, Hungary, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Canada, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the United States. The novelty of this festival is the Slovenian language courses for students from the Far East. The Slovenian jazz band Moonlight Sky is participating in the festival.
The work of the festival will last until Tuesday, 17 July 2018. The festival will be solemnly closed by the musical “Snow Maiden” directed by Alenka Gotar, in which the students of her singing school perform. In total, 14 concerts are planned within the framework of the event, which take place in the Church of St. Martin, the Bled Concert Hall and the Grand Hotel Toplice.