Gregynog Festival (20-30 June), Wales’ oldest classical music festival, celebrates its 80th Anniversary this year and is themed on Great Britten, celebrating the anniversary of the composer, who visited the festival in 1972. And yes, his music will be heard. However the programme presents a series of late medieval and early modern composers and performers making this festival one of the musical highlights of the summer. Under the artistic director, Dr. Rhian Davies, the finest musicians will perform at the Hall itself (part of the University of Wales) as well as in neighbouring churches .
Making Festival débuts this season are
Academy of St Martin in the Fields with tenor Andrew Kennedy and horn player Timothy Brown
Ricercar Consort of viols from Belgium
Other star soloists include
countertenor Iestyn Davies and lutenist Thomas Dunford (22 June, 7.30pm) performing Dowland
keyboard virtuoso Mahan Esfahani
‘Queen of Harps’ Catrin Finch
Nicholas Daniel appears with the Britten Oboe Quartet (28 June, 7.30pm)
the highly-regarded choral group Tenebrae, directed by Nigel Short, gives the Festival’s closing concert of music by British composers associated with the original Gregynog Choir
Of special note is a concert in the church in Montgomery by The Tallis Scholars. Their programme includes the first modern performance of the Missa O Quam Suavis which may have been composed by the medieval Welsh composer John Lloyd.
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