Welcome to the twelfth 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.
Evening concerts will include a scintillating programme of orchestral works by Delius, Mozart, Stravinsky and Wagner from The Festival Orchestra, and the third visit of The National Youth Choir of Wales to the Festival, this year under the baton of the celebrated conductor and composer, Paul Mealor. An evening of music highlighting the links between Wales and Patagonia will be presented by The Welsh Argentine Guitar Duo. The music of Argentina will again feature in the Samit Ensemble's concert, where the authentic sound of the bandoneon, so central to the spirit of the tango, will be provided by Marie Leenhardt, versatile principal harpist of the Halle Orchestra. 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 local following once again with a programme of Marian music from Spain's “Siglo de Oro”, a period of intense musical productivity in the cathedrals and royal chapels of Hapsburg Spain. A chamber concert by members of Ensemble Cymru, with works by Beethoven, Schumann, Manuel de Falla, Max Bruch and Rossini, and an authentic Welsh evening with the Bro Aled Male Voice Choir, soprano Sioned Terry, tenor John Ieuan Jones and harpist Dafydd Huw Jones complete the evening line up.
Lunchtime concerts at 1pm will feature some of the best vocal talent that North Wales can provide, including Sian Wyn Gibson, John Eifion, Llio Evans, Huw Llywelyn, Sara Davies, Ryan Davies and Steffan Lloyd. Instrumentalists taking the stage at lunctimes will be pianists Annette Bryn Parri, Christina Mason-Scheuermann, Richard Ormrod and Catherine Barnett, violinist Mary Hofman, and the Fitzsimmon Ensemble from Manchester.
A morning concert for all the family by Key Strings, a lecture by Rhiannon Mathias on the life and work of her Father, composer William Mathias, 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