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Gregynog Festival 2009: Composer Anniversaries in Wales and the Marches

Aronowitz Ensemble

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 Trio.

 

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 Gallery.

Performers 2009

The Dufay Collective

The Aronowitz Ensemble

The Dufay Collective

Elin Manahan Thomas

Gary Cooper

Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

Iestyn Davies

Kungsbacka Piano Trio

O Duo

The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

 

Programme

For £4 including postage, you can still purchase the full-colour A4 souvenir programme for the 2009 season including articles about Mendelssohn in Wales.

 

Buy the 2009 Programme

Enquiries / Ymholiadau

  

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