The curatorial theme for Gregynog Festival 2014 is War and our summer events took place between 13 and 29 June, exploring the impact of the English Civil War and First World War on musicians in Wales and the Borders.
Repertoire included music by distinguished Belgian composers who came to live in Mid Wales as refugees in 1914, thanks to the philanthropy of Festival founders Gwendoline and Margaret Davies.
On Friday, 3 October 2014 at 7.30pm – 100 years to the day since the Belgian refugee musicians arrived in the town of Aberystwyth – Gregynog Festival's Artistic Director Dr Rhian Davies will tell their story in the Drwm at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Hannah Stone, appointed as Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales in 2011 and widely regarded as one of the foremost harpists of her generation, will also play works by Belgian and Welsh composers, including music by Joseph Jongen which was inspired by his time in Snowdonia.
Founded in 1933, Gregynog Festival is the oldest extant classical music festival in Wales. Set principally in the beautiful countryside of rural North Powys, the Festival features performances by the world's leading musicians in intimate historic locations. All programming is specially curated on an annual theme which is rooted in the cultural heritage of Gregynog and of Wales.
Rhian gives some of the background to her ground-breaking research about the Belgian refugee musicians in the video below. This commemoration forms part of the First Minister's project Cymru'n Cofio | Wales Remembers 1914-1918 and Festival events have been held in Wales, Scotland and Belgium itself.
Tickets for the performance in Aberystwyth on 3 October should be booked directly with the National Library of Wales - please click on the button above to do so.
GREGYNOG FESTIVAL 2015: DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
The 2015 season has been curated on the theme of France and takes place between 12 and 28 June 2015. Programming again features the world's leading artists performing in striking locations which have been specially selected to complement the Festival narrative and the chosen repertoire.
Gregynog Festival's 2014 roster included the superb American lutenist Paul O'Dette, early music pioneeer Jordi Savall and his ensemble Hesperion XXI, international baritone Christopher Maltman, distinguished Belgian violinist Yossif Ivanov, BBC National Orchestra of Wales with harpist Sioned Williams, The Nash Ensemble and Flemish Radio Choir.
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