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Paul Mealor's Symphony No. 1 Passiontide


The North Wales International Music Festival is a festival of classical music held annually in September in St Asaph Cathedral. Founded in 1972 by the celebrated Welsh composer William Mathias, the Festival is 45 years old this year and has long been an important item on the cultural calendar of North Wales.

The Festival aims to foster the appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of classical music amongst as wide as possible a cross-section of the communities of North Wales, providing people from all backgrounds with the opportunity to experience live performances of classical music given by performers of the highest quality.

Our creative vision for the Festival is centred on the idea of using a common theme to link all strands of our work, from the main concerts to the educational aspects. Our theme for the 2017 festival is ‘Journeys’ and influences can be found in many forms in our programming, from choral to orchestral music.

Journeys can, of course, be of many kinds. Most obviously, travel to foreign lands has inspired much loved music from composers such as Gershwin and Mendelssohn. Conversely, music itself travels to influence both composers and audiences far from its original point of creation. We will take you on a musical journey from the formality of Vienna to the flamboyance of Mexico and from the lightness of the baroque recorder to the brash ebullience of Copland.

 Piano Masterclass - Janina Fialkowska with Julian Gonzales


This year's concerts include ‘Journey into Freedom’ with the National Youth Brass Band of Wales; ‘A Night in Vienna’ with our orchestra in residence NEW Sinfonia and Italian pianist Federico Colli; ‘Gypsy Baroque Fantasy’ with early music group Red Priest; ‘Robat Arwyn’s Journey’ featuring the composer and tenor Rhys Meirion; ‘A Magnificat Journey’ with Welsh National Opera, the Festival Community Chorus and NEW Sinfonia; ‘Aeternam’ with the vocal group VOCES8; ‘Music from around the World’ with the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet and ‘A Journey from East to West’ with NEW Sinfonia and South Korean violinist Ye-Eun Choi.

The festival will also feature piano, vocal and strings workshops, a cross-curricular education project entitled ‘Mimosa’, inspired by the journey the Welsh took to Patagonia in 1865, children’s and tots concerts, musical steps sessions for babies to 7 year olds, the annual community tour with Live Music Now Cymru musicians and performances from soprano Tesni Jones, Côr Ruthin, Côr Ysgol Pen Barras and Ensemble Cymru.

Tickets are available online, from Theatr Clwyd, Mold – 01352 701521 or from Cathedral Frames, St Asaph - 01745 582929

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