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Festival: Gregynog Festival

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Gregynog Facade with Music Room
Gregynog Facade with Music Room

June 22nd - July 1st, 2018

Gregynog Festival, the oldest in Wales, is renowned for presenting the finest international musicians in intimate historic locations. Imaginative curated programming is the hallmark of Artistic Director Dr Rhian Davies who celebrates her tenth anniversary this season.

Most concerts still take place in the 200-seat Music Room at Gregynog Hall, near Newtown, Powys, in a house-party atmosphere true to the spirit of the original Festivals. Other events take place across Mid Wales and the Borders, allowing Festivalgoers to enjoy the stunning scenery and relaxed pace of life in this beautiful part of the world.

Gregynog Festival 2016: Éire highlights a wealth of cultural connections between Ireland and Wales through classical and traditional music, poetry, drama, film, talks and exhibitions. Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI collaborate with Martin Hayes, the dazzling folk fiddler from Co. Clare, and other Irish guests include Chamber Choir Ireland directed by Paul Hillier, Ailish Tynan accompanied by Iain Burnside, Finghin Collins, Aoife Ní Bhríain, The Goodman Trio, Siobhán Armstrong and The Irish Consort.

Mahan Esfahani explores the Dublin Virginal Manuscript and Daniel Grimwood revives John Field’s Nocturnes, while Ensemble Nevermind and the Academy of Ancient Music recall the Golden Age when Handel and Geminiani lived and worked in Dublin. World and British premières include Sam Perkin’s new score for the Fidelio Trio about Fron-goch, the prison camp near Bala where 1,800 rebels including Michael Collins were detained following the Easter Rising.

A strong programme of talks includes Raghnall Ó Floinn, Director of the National Museum of Ireland, and Kerry Houston, President of the Society for Musicology in Ireland.

Rhian Davies said: “Gregynog Festival is often described as ‘the Wigmore Hall of Wales’ and we are thrilled to welcome these outstanding artists who are travelling especially to Wales to champion the Irish repertoire in which they specialise.”

For full information, visit the Gregynog Festival website.

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