Fishguard International Music Festival 2017

A Musical Feast in July.

Fishguard International Music Festival Announces 2017 Programme

Taking place at a variety of venues across north Pembrokeshire, the 2017 Fishguard International Music Festival will take place from 24 July – 4 August.

Highlights of this year’s festival include a performance of the complete Bach Brandenburg Concertos by Welsh National Opera Orchestra; a recital by 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition winner, Anna Tsybelva; a welcome return by the Gould Piano Trio performing a new work by Mark Simpson and the first visit to Wales by The Hermes Experiment.

This year’s festival includes two visits by Welsh National Opera Orchestra.  In addition to the performance of where to stay in Pembrokeshire Fishguard International Music Festival 2017the complete Bach Brandenburg Concertos at Neaudd y Dderwen, Rhosygilwen (28 July), the orchestra will give a concert at St Davids Cathedral (26 July) with Peter Donohoe as soloist for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1.  Further orchestral concerts will be given by the European Union Chamber Orchestra at St Mary’s Church, Haverfordwest (24 July) and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales under the baton of Carlo Rizzi at St Davids Cathedral (4 August).

Since its creation in 1963, many winners of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition have gone on to establish themselves among some of the finest pianists on the international circuit today.  The Russian pianist Anna Tsybuleva is one of only two female winners of the competition and she comes to west Wales with a programme of works by CPE Bach, Brahms and Tchaikovsky on Saturday 29 July.

Celebrating their 25th year together, the renowned Gould Piano Trio has marked the occasion with a new commission from composer and clarinettist Mark Simpson, the first winner of both BBC Young Musician and BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year.  His new work, After Avedon will be performed by the trio at their concert at St Mary’s Church, Newport (31 July) where they will be joined by Mark on clarinet for a performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.

LINEUP - Booking Open for 2017 Festival - Google Chrome_2017-05-27_23-52-14Since its formation just over three years ago, The Hermes Experiment has quickly established itself as one of the most exciting chamber music ensembles working in the UK today.  Sporting a line-up of harp, clarinet, voice and double bass, the group has capitalised on its unusual combination of instruments and passion for contemporary music by commissioning new works from some 36 composers.  Their concert at St Mary’s Church, Fishguard (29 July) includes works by Gareth Wood, Prokofiev, Debussy and Richard Rodney-Bennett.

The Festival’s programme also includes concerts by mezzo soprano Rebecca Afonwy Jones (25 July) and violinist Elenid Owen (27 July) with pianist Evgenia Startseva at Holy Name Church, Fishguard.  Royal Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, Anne Denholm will give a solo harp recital at Tabor Chapel, Dinas Cross ((27 July) and the Welsh folk band Calan-ish will be giving special concerts for families and young toddlers on 25 July.  The beautiful setting of Gellifawr Woodland Retreat provides a fitting backdrop for a talk exploring the ancient tales of the Mabinogi by poet and writer Meredith Hopwood (30 July) and once again the Festival will be offering audiences the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the ancient pilgrims to Pembrokeshire on a guided Saints and Stones tour to four ancient places of worship with live music performed by members of The Hermes Experiment at each site.

Full details of the festival programme can be found on the Fishguard International Music Festival website, HERE

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 The full programme (correct at 27.5.17) is as follows:

Fishguard International Music Festival 2017 Programme
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MONDAY 24 JULY

7.30pm

St Mary’s Church, Haverfordwest

European Union Chamber Orchestra

Hans-Peter Hofmann                   director

Fiona Slominska                              flute

Handel                                                 Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.7

Mozart                                                Flute Concerto in G

Bach                                                     Concerto for Two Violins

Haydn                                                  Symphony No. 42 in D

TUESDAY 25 JULY

10.30am

Fishguard Library

Tiny Tots Concert with Calan-ish

TUESDAY 25 JULY

3pm

Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard

Family Concert with Calan-ish

TUESDAY 25 JULY

7.30pm

Holy Name Catholic Church, Fishguard

Elenid Owen                                     violin

Evgenia Startseva                           piano

Debussy                                              Violin Sonata

Peter Reynolds                                So soft this morning, ours

Prokofiev                                           10 pieces from Vision Fugitives

Brahms                                                Violin Sonata No. 3

WEDNESDAY 26 JULY

3pm

Ebenezer Chapel, Newport

Newport Music Society Showcase

WEDNESDAY 26 JULY

7.30pm

St Davids Cathedral

Welsh National Opera Orchestra

Tuomas Hannikainen                    conductor

Peter Donohoe                                piano

Sibelius                                                The Swan of Tuonela

Tchaikovsky                                       Piano Concerto No. 1

Sibelius                                                Symphony No. 2

THURSDAY 27 JULY

3pm

Tabor Chapel, Dinas Cross

Anne Denholm                                harp

Grandjany                                          Rhapsodie

John Parry                                          Harp Sonata No. 3

Luke Goss                                          Sonatine

Mchedelov                                        Variations on a Theme of Paganini

Britten                                                 Suite for Harp

Scarlatti                                               Harp Sonata in E major K.380

Scarlatti                                               Harp Sonata in E major K.531

H Renié                                               Légende

THURSDAY 27 JULY

7.30pm

Holy Name Catholic Church, Fishguard

Rebecca Afonwy Jones                mezzo soprano

Evgenia Startseva                           piano

Ravel                                                    Shéhérazade

Falla                                                      Andaluza

                                                               7 Canciones Populares

                                                               Españolas

Medtner                                             4 Fairy Tales Nos 1 & 3

                                                               8 Mood Pictures Nos 6 & 8

Morfydd Owen                                Spring

                                                               The Lamb

                                                               Gweddi y Pechadur

Tchaikovsky                                       Ni Slova, o drug moj Op 6

                                                               N’et tolka tot kto znal Op 6

                                                               Sred’ shumnnovo bala Op 38

                                                               D’en li tsarit? Op 47

FRIDAY 28 JULY

10am

Town Hall, Fishguard

Saints and Stones

FRIDAY 28 JULY

5pm

Neuadd y Dderwen, Rhosgilwen SA43 2TW

Welsh National Opera Orchestra

David Adams                                    director

Bach                                                     The Brandenburg Concertos

SATURDAY 29 JULY

2pm

St Mary’s Church, Fishguard

The Hermes Experiment

Gareth Wood                                   Blake Canticles

Debussy                                              Voiles & Reverie

Emily Hall                                            I am living simply

                                                               We’ve reached the end of the ending

Prokofiev                                           Four pieces from Vision Fugitives

Giles Swayne                                    Chansons Devotes et poissonneuses

Misha Mullov-Abbado                  The Linden Tree

Rodney-Bennett                             Slow Foxtrot

Meredith Monk                               Double Fiesta

SATURDAY 29 JULY

7.30pm

Neuadd y Dderwen, Rhosygilwen

Anna Tsybuleva                               piano

CPE Bach                                             Sonata in G minor, H47

Brahms                                                Piano Sonata No. 2

Tchaikovsky                                       The Seasons

SUNDAY 30 JULY

3pm

Gellifawr Woodland Retreat

Mererid Hopwood

Mapping the Mabinogi

MONDAY 31 JULY

7.30pm

St Mary’s Church, Newport

Gould Piano Trio

Mark Simpson                                  clarinet

Beethoven                                        Trio in B flat major, Op 11

Mark Simpson                                  After Avedon

Messiaen                                           Quatuor pour la fin du temps

TUESDAY 1 AUGUST

7pm

Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard

Film Screening from Salzburg Easter Festival

Mascagni                                            Cavalleria Rusticana

Leoncavallo                                       Pagliacci

£16 • Friends of/Frindiau Theatr Gwaun: £15 • Child/Plentyn:  £5

FRIDAY 4 AUGUST

7.30pm

St Davids Cathedral

National Youth Orchestra of Wales

Carlo Rizzi                                           conductor

  1. Strauss Till Eulenspiegel

Britten                                                  Four Sea Interludes

Debussy                                               La Mer

 

The Fishguard International Music Festival is a recipient of lottery funding from

Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Government

Further financial support has been received from:

Colwinston Charitable Trust

Conygar

The Leche Trust

Tŷ Cerdd

Stena Line

Western Solar

Holywell Music Ltd

Melin Tregwynt

The Dyfrig and Heather John Charitable Trust

Fishguard and Goodwick Town Council

Dinas Cross Community Council

 

 

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