Paul Mealor's Symphony No. 1 Passiontide
Background and Theme
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.