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Welcome to the thirteenth annual Conwy Classical Music Festival. I hope very much that you will find plenty to interest you in this year’s wide-ranging programme, and that you will support the festival in order to keep music live.

As you will see from the programme, the festival once again draws on the rich vein of talent which we have here in North Wales, as well as featuring established artists from further afield. A theme running through this year's festival will be the distinctive sound of the clarinet, with performances of both Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and Quintet amongst others, by prestigious players including Sergio Castelló López, principal Clarinet of the Halle Orchestra.
Evening concerts will include a scintillating programme of works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Tiberiu Buta (festival commission) from The Festival Orchestra under the direction of Paul Barritt, permanent guest leader of the Halle Orchestra and an opera evening given by some of the cream of Wales' young singers with appearances at Glyndenbourne and many other prestigious venues to their credit.
Early music will represented by a concert from Ensemble 1677, which will include the first UK performance of a newly-discovered cantata by Christopher Graupner and in a semi-staged performance of Purcell's rarely heard masterpiece 'King Arthur'.
The Marian Consort , who specialize in vocal music of the Renaissance and who are often to be heard on Radio 3, return to delight their fans once again with a programme of music of lamentation from Sebastianist Portugal. A chamber concert by the Manchester Ensemble, with works by Brahms, Bruch, and Richard Strauss and an authentic Welsh evening with the Brythoniaid Male Voice Choir, mezzo soprano Sian Wyn Gibson, tenor John Eifion, harpist Dafydd Huw Jones and the Dyffryn Conwy Youth Choir complete the evening line up.

Lunchtime concerts at 1pm will feature some of the best vocal talent that North Wales can provide, including Erin Gwyn, Eleias Roberts, Rhodri Brookes, Charlotte Forfar, Eiry Price and John Ieuan Jones. Instrumentalists taking the stage at lunctimes will be pianists Christina Mason-Scheuermann, Richard Ormrod and Catherine Barnett, violinist Mary Hofman, clarinettists Peryn Clement-Evans and Sioned Eleri Roberts and the Fitzsimmon Ensemble from Manchester.

Morning concerts by pianist Ellis Thomas and by percussionist Dewi Ellis Jones, a recital lecture-recital by Elinor Bennett on the history of the harp in Wales a choral workshop with the Marian Consort, and a Festival Evensong complete the line-up.

The festival is dedicated to providing opportunities for the local community and visitors alike to enjoy quality music in beautiful surroundings. It is one of the largest music events in Wales to be funded solely by audience donations and sponsorship - there are no set admission charges - ensuring that the festival is totally accessible and inclusive. Please do join us. You will be made very welcome.

Chris Roberts, Director