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The 2018 Festival will take place between Saturday 15th September and Sunday 30th September.

This year's launch concert is on Wednesday 20th June.


Ar hyn o bryd rydym yn diweddaru ein gwefan - diolch am eich amynedd.

Cynhelir Gwyl 2018 rhwng dydd Sadwrn 15fed Medi a dydd Sul 30 Medi.

Cyngerdd lansio eleni yw dydd Mercher 20fed o Fehefin.

NEW Sinfonia & Federico Colli

Thursday 21 September  19.30

A Night in Vienna

Programme includes Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, with Italian pianist Federico Colli, and a selection of Waltzes & Polkas from the Strauss Dynasty played by our orchestra in residence NEW Sinfonia.

Mozart: Overture to the Marriage of Figaro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23
Waldteufel: Les Patineurs (Skater's Waltz)


Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Strauss: Pizzicato Polka
Strauss: Tritsch Tratsch Polka
Strauss: Thunder & Lightning
Strauss: Blue Danube

"The new Michelangeli! The new Maurizio Pollini! Although his artistry is completely different, the comparison is appropriate because he really is extraordinary" The Independent *****

Photograph © Roberto Mora

National Youth Brass Band of Wales

Saturday 16 September  19.30

Journey into Freedom

Ian Porthouse (conductor)
Dewi Griffiths (cornet soloist)

Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Rhian Samuel: Taliesin
Edward Gregson: Cornet Concerto
Gavin Higgins: Fanfares and Love Songs


William Mathias: Vivat Regina
Philip Wilby: The Pilgrims Progress
Eric Ball: Journey into Freedom

Red Priest

Friday 22 September  19.30

Gypsy Baroque Fantasy

Piers Adams – Recorders, Adam Summerhayes – Violin, Angela East – Cello, David Wright – Harpsichord

Telemann: Gypsy Sonata in A minor, Castello: Sonata Seconda for violin, Biber: Sonata No. 1 in A major, Anon: Slow Road to Uhrovska, Van Eyck: The Nightingale Variations for recorder, Corelli: Fantasy on La Folia, Anon: Sweet Uhrovska, Royer: Vertigo for Solo Harpsichord, Handel: Lascia Ch’Io Czadas, Vivaldi: Concerto for the Imaginary Gypsies

Red Priest is the only early music group in the world to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and the Cirque du Soleil. This extraordinary acoustic foursome has been praised by music critics for their vision, their “completely wild and deeply imaginative playing” with a “red-hot wicked sense of humour” and a “break-all-rules, rock-chamber concert approach to early music.”

Photograph © John Graham

Robat Arwyn's Journey

Saturday 23 September  19.30

Featuring performances by Robat Arwyn, tenor Rhys Meirion, Côr Rhuthun, Côr Ysgol Pen Barras & cellist Steffan Morris

An evening celebrating one of Wales’ most popular composers. The programme will highlight Robat's own musical inspiration and journey, from the composition of his Symphony while still at college to a new commission for cello and piano (jointly commissioned with Tŷ Cerdd). Featuring Robat Arwyn as composer, conductor and pianist and Rhys Meirion as tenor and interviewer.


Welsh National Opera / NEW Sinfonia

Sunday 24 September  19.30

Festival Community Chorus and Côr Siambr Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias with WNO soloists and NEW Sinfonia

A Magnificat Journey

Bach Magnificat along with Magnificats by William Mathias, Paul Mealor (Welsh première) and Oliver Tarney (Welsh première), performed by our newly formed Festival Community Chorus in partnership with Welsh National Opera and Venue Cymru.

WNO Soloists - Soprano: Katy Thomson, Mezzo: Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, Tenor: Huw Llywelyn, Baritone: Dyfed Wyn Evans

Bishop Gregory will interview Paul Mealor, Oliver Tarney and Rhiannon Mathias.


Thursday 28 September  19.30


Journey and longing of the soul explored through a rich tapestry of choral music, with one of the world's most versatile and best-loved a cappella groups. 

"The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word 'ensemble' with meticulous timing and tuning." Gramophone

Drop, Drop, Slow Tears - Gibbons, O Nata Lux - Tallis, A Hymn to the Virgin - Britten, Bogoroditse Devo - Rachmaninov, Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen über dir - Mendelssohn, Maria durch ein Dornwald ging - trad. arr. Stefan Claas, Vadam et Circuibo - Lusi de Victoria, Vadam et Circuibo - Dove, Beati Quorum Via - Stanford, Coelos Ascendit Hodie - Stanford, Steal Away to Jesus - Spiritual arr. David Blackwell, O Waly Waly - Folk arr. Guy Turner, Shenandoah - Folk arr. Thomas Hewitt Jones, Underneath the Stars - Kate Rusby, The Luckiest - Ben Folds, Straighten up and Fly Right - Nat ‘King’ Cole, The Sound of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel, Moondance - Van Morrison

Photograph © Emma Saunders

Aquarelle Guitar Quartet

Friday 29 September  19.30

Music from around the world on 4 guitars

Recognised as one of Britain’s leading chamber music groups, the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet is a dynamic and innovative ensemble performing an expansive repertoire.

Overture from L’Italiana in Algeri – Giacomo Rossini (Italy)
Capriccio Espagnol – N. Rimsky-Korsakov (Russia/Spain)
Opals – Philip Houghton (Australia)
Quiccan – Andrew York (USA)
Ajde Dali Znaes Pametis Milice/Pajduska – M.Tadic & V.Stefanovski (Balkans)
The Swan LK243 - Catriona McKay (Scotland)
Cumba Quinn - Carlos Rafael Rivera (Africa/Cuba)
De Usuahia a la Quiaca - Gustavo Santaolalla (Argentina)
Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence - Rhyuichi Sakamoto (Japan)
Uarekena - Sergio Assad (Brazil)

Photograph © Sam Riley

NEW Sinfonia with violinist Ye-Eun Choi

Saturday 30 September  19.30

A Journey from East to West

Violinist Ye-Eun Choi is defined by her dynamic sound, rich with vibrant timbre, sensitivity and nuance. Her colourful, expressive lyricism and virtuosity has earned her acclaim for her engagements as both a soloist and a chamber musician.

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Marquez: Dance 2
Mathias: Serenade
Vaughan Williams: Concerto Grosso with the ‘Strings Alive’ project students

Photograph © Felix Broede

‘Strings Alive’ workshop with NEW Sinfonia

Sunday 17 September  10.00

Workshop at Ysgol Brynhyfryd in collaboration with Denbighshire Music Services tutors, with the young participants studying Vaughan Williams' Concerto Grosso, a piece especially composed for every level of ability and age, to be performed at the final concert. With thanks to the Thomas Howell's Education Fund for North Wales.

Schools & Tots concerts

Thursday 21 September  10.00 & 11.30

Concerts with musicians from Live Music Now Cymru for all ages and all the family. Starting with the schools/children and families concert followed by the tots concert for babies, younger children, parents and grandparents.

Please note these concerts have been moved from Friday 22 September

Piano Masterclass with Federico Colli

Friday 22 September  10.00

We're looking for five pianists of Grade 8 standard and above to work with the world-renowned Federico. Please email caroline@nwimf.com for an application form. Audience are very welcome on the door - tickets £5 each.

Please note the masterclass has been moved from Thursday 21 September

Camau Cerdd / Musical Steps

Saturday 23 September   

Stimulating music classes for 15 month - 7 year olds, in collaboration with Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias, allowing children to discover the wonders of the world of music with a variety of instruments, games, songs and nursery rhymes.

10.30 – 11.15  Babies – 3 year olds     11.30 – 12.15  4 – 7 year olds

10.30 – 11.15  Babanod – 3 blwydd oed    11.30 – 12.15  4 – 7 blwydd oed

Education Project - 'Mimosa'

Monday 25 September  09.45 - 15.00

Presentation of the work from our cross-curricular education project, inspired by the journey taken by the Welsh to Patagonia in 1865, melding elements of music, art, literature and history. Through the medium of English from 09.45 - 12.15. Through the medium of Welsh from 12.45 - 15.00. With thanks to the Arts Council of Wales Creative Collaborations fund.

Vocal Masterclass with VOCES8

Thursday 28 September  

Vocal masterclass at Ysgol Glan Clwyd. Not open to the public.

Chamber Music Morning

Friday 29 September  10.00 - 12.30

Launch of National Chamber Music Day with Ensemble Cymru & soprano Tesni Jones (CGWM)


National Chamber Music Day Launch

Wales’ leading chamber music ensemble, Ensemble Cymru and guest artistes launch the first national chamber music day for Wales with a morning of live music.   Join audiences, composers, festivals, promoters, venues and performing groups from across Wales at this year’s North Wales International Music Festival (St. Asaph) to learn more.

Promoted by the Rural Chamber Music Alliance, Wales 


Lansiad Diwrnod Cerddoriaeth Siambr Cenedlaethol

Lansir Diwrnod Cerddoriaeth Siambr Cenedlaethol cyntaf Cymru yn ystod bore o gerddoriaeth fyw gan Ensemble Cymru, ensembl arweiniol cerddoriaeth siambr Cymru ag artistiaid gwadd.  Ymunwch â chynulleidfaoedd, cyfansoddwyr, gwyliau, hyrwyddwyr, lleoliadau a grwpiau perfformio o bob ardal yng Nghymru yng Ngŵyl Gerdd Ryngwladol Gogledd Cymru (Llanelwy) er mwyn dysgu mwy. 

Hyrwyddwyd gan Gynghrair Cerddoriaeth Siambr Cymru


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