Gregynog Festival 2014: War

Montgomery Castle

Founded in 1933, Gregynog Festival is the oldest extant classical music festival in Wales.

Set principally in the beautiful countryside of rural North Powys, Gregynog Festival features performances by the world's leading musicians in intimate historic locations and in fully curated programming rooted in cultural and historic aspects of the chosen annual theme.

The curatorial theme for the 2014 season was War and events took place between 13 and 29 June, exploring the impact of the English Civil War and the First World War on musicians in Wales and the Borders. Repertoire was reunited with the performance spaces for which it was originally written, and revivals included music by a group of distinguished Belgian composers who came to live in Mid Wales as refugees in 1914, thanks to the philanthropy of the Festival's founders Gwendoline and Margaret Davies. You can read the BBC's news story on the Belgian refugees featured in the Festival here, or watch Artistic Director, Dr Rhian Davies, give the background to her curation in the video below.

Concerts were given by some of the world's finest artists for the chosen repertoire including viol consort Phantasm (13 June), The Brabant Ensemble (14 June), leading American lutenist Paul O'Dette (15 June), Sirinu (19 June), early music star Jordi Savall (20 June) and his ensemble Hesperion XXI (21 June), vocal group Alamire (22 June), folk trio Coope, Boyes and Simpson (24 June), international baritone Christopher Maltman (25 June), distinguished Belgian violinist Yossif Ivanov (26 June), BBC National Orchestra of Wales with harpist Sioned Williams (27 June), The Nash Ensemble (28 June) and the outstanding Flemish Radio Choir (29 June).


Day programming highlighted the Battle of Montgomery (21 June) and the poet Hedd Wyn at his former home Yr Ysgwrn, near Trawsfynydd (23 June).

For programme details, see Ticket Booking.

 

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: The 2015 Festival will take place between 12 and 28 June 2015.

 

Gift vouchers are available to purchase.

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