The 2010 Festival took Pleasure Gardens as its curatorial theme, with an special focus on the great Georgian pleasure gardens of Vauxhall and Ranelagh.
We welcomed some of the world’s finest early music groups and performers to the delightful garden setting of Gregynog to recreate music inspired by gardens of the past.
Dame Emma Kirkby and the London Handel Players presented music written by Thomas Arne for the Vauxhall Gardens; the Academy of Ancient Music performed Handel and Corelli; the Musicians of the Globe played music inspired by an Elizabethan garden, and The Tallis Scholars sang Renaissance settings of the Song of Songs.
Extending the garden theme, star international pianist Noriko Ogawa created a special programme of Romantic and contemporary repertoire to evoke a Japanese garden. A recital by Catrin Finch featured music by John Parry, Parri Ddall, the ‘Celebrated Blind Harper of Ruabon’ who was associated with London’s Ranelagh Gardens.
The 2010 Gregynog Festival commission, Capriccio by Huw Watkins, was premiered by the flautist Adam Walker accompanied by the composer, and has since been published by Schott Music.
As well as performances in the Music Room, we visited Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, and travelled to Ruabon to celebrate Parri Ddall in the Church where he is buried. We also took our 2009 programme It's Alec Templeton Time! to New York City for a performance at the Lincoln Center as part of Wales Week USA.
Academy of Ancient Music / Pavlo Beznosiuk
London Handel Players / Adrian Butterfield
Musicians of the Globe / Philip Pickett
Robin Huw Bowen
The Tallis Scholars / Peter Phillips
For £4 including postage, you can still purchase the full-colour A4 souvenir programme for the 2010 season including articles about John Parry, Parri Ddall, and other Welsh composers at the Georgian Pleasure Gardens.