Festival 2014 - A Celebration of Words and Music

Community Tour by Live Music Now Cymru - with thanks to Arts and Business Cymru - Pendine and NWIMF have received an investment from A&B Cymru’s CultureStep to develop their creative partnership. 

Saturday 20th September

12.00   Jonathan Richards - The Welsh guitarist, celebrating his 50th birthday this year, will perform pieces by Ernest Shand and Terence Croucher, along with his own works.

14.00 – 17.00   Choral Workshop with Jenny Pearson & Ann Atkinson (Theatre Elwy, Ysgol Glan Clwyd). Call the Festival office on 01745 584508 for information.

19.30   Llŷr Williams

We are delighted to welcome Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams back to the festival. Programme to include Haydn: Sonata in C major; Schubert: Four Impromptus D899; Liszt: Selection from Années de pèlerinage, Book 1; Schumann: Carnaval.


Sunday 21st September

11.00   Festival Eucharist - Address: Paul Mealor

19.30   Aspire Inspire ConcertYouth performing side by side with professionals

Elinor Bennett, Harp; Elin Pritchard, Soprano; Tempest Flute Trio, Live Music Now Cymru; William Mathias Music Centre Harp Ensemble; Flute Ensemble led by Rhiannon Mathias; Cello Ensemble led by Nicki Pearce; Anglesey Youth Choir conducted by Mari Lloyd Pritchard and accompanied by Sioned Webb.

The concert will include a performance of ‘Adar Rhiannon’ composed by Catrin Finch.


Monday 22nd September

12.00   Lecture on Dylan Thomas - Professor Damian Walford Davies

19.30   Under Milk Wood Jazz Suite by Stan Tracey, inspired by Dylan Thomas.

Performed by the renowned pianist Richard Roberts leading an all Welsh star jazz quartet with readings from the text by Will Thomas (Doctor Who, Only Fools and Horses, Gavin & Stacey) and Caroline Berry (Inspector Morse, Coronation Street, Doctor Who).

Pianist - Richard Roberts; Drums - Paul Smith; Saxophone - Tom Harris; Double Bass - Robin Hames

21.30   Meditation by Candlelight: Aberdeen University Chamber Choir conducted by Paul Mealor - a tribute to John Tavener and William Mathias.


Tuesday 23rd September

10.00 – 14.00   Music and the Word - Composing project for junior and secondary schools inspired by Dylan Thomas; with Stacey Blythe, in assocation with Ty Cerdd. Call the Festival office on 01745 584508 for information.

19.30   William Mathias 80th Anniversary Concert

The concert will be dedicated to the Festival's founder William Mathias covering his compositions, his life, the composers who inspired him, such as Mozart and Gershwin, and also a successful living composer that he taught, Paul Mealor.

Performers will include Iwan Llewelyn Jones (Piano), John Hosking (Organ), Aberdeen University Chamber Choir, Chamber Choir CGWM and the Festival Choir.

During the concert, Dr Rhiannon Mathias will be interviewed by the Festival President Bishop Gregory Cameron.


Wednesday 24th September

11.30 – 12.30   Schools concert with Hadow Folk Duo, Live Music Now Cymru

13.30 – 14.00   Tots concert with Hadow Folk Duo, Live Music Now Cymru

19.30   Xuefei Yang

We are honoured to welcome classical guitarist Xuefei to the festival for the first time. The programme will include Albéniz, Schubert, Bach and Debussy along with traditional Chinese pieces, both written for her and arranged by her.


Thursday 25th September

10.00 – 14.00   In the beginning was the Word - Primary schools project in association with CADW and St Asaph Cathedral. Bard: Aled Lewis Evans. Musician: Sioned Webb

19.30   Tippett String Quartet

The programme will include Piano Quintet, Dvorak (with David Owen Norris) and 'Intimate Letters', Janacek, with extracts from the letters to be read in between each movement.


Friday 26th September

10.00   Entertaining Miss Austen   Pianist: David Owen Norris

A programme of newly discovered piano music from Jane Austen's family collection. David Owen Norris will give us a rare insight into the family life of Jane Austen and her characters, through her favourite songs. David is one of the most innovative and brilliant pianists of our generation.

11.30 - 15.15   Piano Masterclass: David Owen Norris - Ysgol Glan Clwyd (There will be a break between 12:30-13:15)

19.30   Mid Wales Opera perform Acis and Galatea (G.F. Handel)

The opera tells an enchanting story from ancient mythology. Mid Wales Opera and co-production partners the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama are joined by members of the Brecon Baroque ensemble.

There will be a post performance talk by Nicholas Cleobury.


Saturday 27th September

19.30   BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Conductor: Alexandre Bloch

Soloist: Matthew Featherstone (Flute)

Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture; Mathias: Flute Concerto; Gareth Glyn: Gododdin (world premiere); Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream.

This concert will be broadcast live by BBC Radio 3.
Please be seated by 19:20.


[Programme is subject to change and may be updated - 31st July 2014]


Mid Wales Opera are returning with Acis and Galatea on 26th September The Guardian review

Acis and Galatea - Mid Wales Opera
Photographer: Robert Workman