EVENTS

Programme: Gregynog Festival 2014: War

Gŵyl Gregynog Festival

13/06/2014 7:00pm - 29/06/2014 10:00pm

Concert, Performance, Talk Lecture, Tour

Gregynog

Website: http://http://www.gregynogfestival.org/festival-2014/

© Gregynog Festival

© Gregynog Festival

Again this year music lovers from all over the world will assemble at the spectacular Gregynog Festival which is held in Gregynog Hall, near Newtown, Montgomeryshire, and other historic places across Wales and the Marches from 13 to 29 June, 2014. This festival is described as a gem in the crown of Welsh music festivals, and War is its theme this year.

The notable performers this year include the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Flemish Radio Choir, Hesperion XXI, The Nash Ensemble, Alamire, The Brabant Ensemble, Phantasm a Sirinu and the dazzling soloists Jordi Savall, Paul O’Dette, Christopher Maltman and Yossif Ivanov.

To book tickets and to view the full programme for the festival click here: Gregynog Festival 2014: War

The Festival’s First World War events:

 

Monday, 23 June

7.30pm

Neuadd Trawsfynydd

 

Cofio Hedd Wyn | Remembering Hedd Wyn

© Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri / Snowdonia National Park Authority

© Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri / Snowdonia National Park Authority

A rare opportunity to hear Hedd Wyn’s biographer Alan Llwyd lecture in Trawsfynydd. During the day, there will also be chance to visit Yr Ysgwrn and other local sites associated with the poet.

 

Tuesday, 24 June

7.30pm

The Institute,

Llanfair Caereinion

 

Coope, Boyes and Simpson

© Coope, Boyes a Simpson

© Coope, Boyes a Simpson

The stunning a cappella folk trio presents In Flanders Fields, combining First World War music and poetry with eye-witness accounts and extracts from the Wipers Times.

The kings of unaccompanied harmonies … immaculate (Guardian)

 

Wednesday, 25 June

7.30pm

Village Hall,

Llandinam

 

Christopher Maltman, baritone

© Pia Clodi

© Pia Clodi

George Butterworth’s classic settings of A. E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad, plus songs exploring the soldier’s experience by British, French, Russian and German composers.

His sound has become luminous (Independent)

 

Thursday, 26 June

7.30pm

Village Hall,

Llandinam

 

Yossif Ivanov, violin

© Eric Larrayadieu

© Eric Larrayadieu

The Belgian prodigy, youngest professor at the Brussels Conservatoire, plays Ysaÿe, Franck and Debussy, plus Eugène Guilllaume’s Fantaisie, dedicated to Gwendoline Davies.

Definitely one to watch … if whistles, cheers and three curtaincalls are anything to go by! (Bachtrack.com)

 

Friday, 27 June

7.00pm

Great Hall,

Aberystwyth

 

BBC National Orchestra of Wales | Jac van Steen, director & Sioned Williams, harp

© BBCNOW / CGG BBC,Betina Skovbro Photography

© BBCNOW / CGG BBC,Betina Skovbro Photography

Butterworth Rhapsody: A Shropshire Lad, F. S. Kelly, Elegy in memoriam Rupert Brooke, Jongen Harp Concerto, Morfydd Owen Morfa Rhuddlan, Ian Parrott Luxor and the Symphony by David van de Woestijne, born in Llandinam’s Lion Hotel in 1915.

A joyous night of music-making (Guardian)

 

Saturday, 28 June

10am-3.30pm

The Music Room,

Gregynog

 

Belgian Study Day

Talks based on the latest research about the Belgian refugee musicians and artists whom Gwendoline and Margaret Davies brought to Mid Wales in October 1914.

 

Saturday, 28 June

7.30pm

The Music Room,

Gregynog

 

The Nash Ensemble

© Nash Ensemble

© Nash Ensemble

Dvorak, Stravinsky and Schubert’s much-loved ‘Trout’ Quintet are combined with revivals of music by the Belgian refugee composers Eugène Guillaume and Joseph Jongen.

Chamber music doesn’t come any better (Independent on Sunday)

 

Sunday, 29 June

7.30pm

The Music Room,

Gregynog

 

Flemish Radio Choir | Bart Van Reyn, director

© Bram Goots

© Bram Goots

Widely regarded as one of the most outstanding chamber choirs in the world, the Flemish Radio Choir makes a Wales début and UK season exclusive appearance in a programme of British and Flemish music from the period of the First World War.

Thrill-a-minute stuff (Guardian)