The 2009 Festival programme celebrated the Wales and Border connections of anniversary composers Purcell, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Alec Templeton.
The Sixteen performed Purcell and MacMillan as part of their Choral Pilgrimage, Elin Manahan Thomas and Haydn Trio Eisenstadt presented Haydn's little-known Welsh folksong arrangements, and Iestyn
Davies and Gary Cooper gave a recital based on Handel's music for countertenor.
Mendelssohn's visit to Wales in 1829, and the compositions for piano and string quartet which it inspired, featured in a special programme created by the Artistic Director for The
Aronowitz Ensemble. She also devised and narrated It's Alec Templeton Time!, a centenary celebration of the Welsh-American radio star which featured
archive recordings of Templeton blended with live performances of his classical, jazz and blues compositions by the pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips.
The 2009 Gregynog Festival commission, Notes to a Drama, honoured the 80th birthday of Mervyn Burtch and was given an outstanding first performance by the Kungsbacka Piano
Following the 2009 run, Gregynog Festival accepted an invitation from the Welsh Government to present a two-day showcase of its work as
part of Wales Washington Cymru, the ancillary cultural programme at the 43rd Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC. The showcase was sponsored by CyMAL in association with
the exhibition Turner to Cézanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, which toured to five venues in the USA including Washington's Corcoran