The North Wales International Music Festival was founded in 1972 by the celebrated Welsh composer William Mathias. The festival, which uses St Asaph Cathedral with its superb acoustics as a venue, is regarded as one of the cultural highlights of North Wales and primarily features classical music.
The Festival aims to foster the appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of music amongst as wide as possible a cross-section of the communities of North Wales. The creative vision for the Festival is centred around a common theme, linking all strands from the main concerts to our educational and community outreach work. This year’s theme is ‘Mother Earth’ and influences can be found in many forms in the programming, from choral to orchestral music.
Tickets are available online here, from Theatr Clwyd, Mold – 01352 344101 or from Cathedral Frames, St Asaph - 01745 582929.
14 - 28 September 2019
The artists performing in this year’s festival are Welsh National Opera, NEW Sinfonia, Japanese classical pianist Yu Kosuge, vocal group The Gesualdo Six, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, composer Robat Arwyn, Rhiannon Mathias, Paul Mealor, Only Boys Aloud, pianist Luke Jones, youth choir Côr Cytgan Clwyd, young and adult musicians from the William Mathias Music Centre, including a group who have learning difficulties, Côr Rhuthun, Ysgol Pen Barras, Indigo Performing Arts Academy, chamber-folk group Vrï, folk group Awen Celtica, Ensemble Cymru, Welsh National Opera’s Youth Opera North Wales & Kana Chamber Choir.
The festival also features free schools and tots concerts; a piano masterclass with Yu Kosuge; an instrumental workshop entitled ‘Elemental’ for young students of all standards from beginners upwards; a cross curricular education project based on folk songs entitled ‘Ffaldiroldiro – The Seasons’; a Chamber Music morning concert; Musical Steps sessions for babies to 7 year olds; and our annual community tour with musicians from Live Music Now Cymru.
Take the A55 towards Conwy
Leave A55 at Junction 27A (A525 Denbigh)
Continue on Chester Street into St Asaph
The Cathedral is visible from the mini roundabout at the top if Chester Street.
Pay and display car park: take FIRST exit from the mini roundabout and then first RIGHT.
From Rhyl: Take the A525 Vale Road out of Rhy and follow the signs for St Asaph (Llanelwy)
From Conwy: Take the A55 towards Chester and exit at Junction 27
Continue on the A525 (The Roe) into St Asaph
Turn LEFT at the next roundabout going over the bridge and onto the High Street
The Cathedral can be seen on the RIGHT at the top of the High Street
Take the THIRD exit from the mini roundabout and then the first RIGHT for the pay and display car park.