Gŵyl Gregynog Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomWales
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Newtown, Powys, Wales UK
Festival Contact Information

Gŵyl Gregynog Festival
Newtown, Powys
SY16 3PW Wales UK
Phone: +44 01686 207100
Email: post@gregynogfestival.org

Festival Description

Founded in 1933 and revived in 1988, the festival is held in the historic Music Room of Gregynog Hall, near Newtown, in rural Mid Wales. The Gregynog Festival, with the theme of Great Britten to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, the composer’s appearance at the 1972 Gregynog Festival and the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Festival itself.

he season - which has been honoured with a Britten Award by the Britten-Pears Foundation at Aldeburgh - brings together some of the finest artists in the world to interpret seven centuries of great British music, ranging from Dowland and Purcell to composers who came to Gregynog including Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Holst and Britten himself.

Festival Dates June 20 - 30, 2013
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Schedule 2013:
  • Thursday, 20 June, 2-5pm
    • Plas Dinam Day, Llandinam
  • Friday, 21 June, 7.30pm
    • Harmonie Universelle, Gregynog
  • Saturday, 22 June, 2.30pm
    • Mahan Esfahani, Gregynog
  • Saturday, 22 June, 4.15pm
    • Ricercar Consort, Gregynog
  • Saturday, 22 June, 7.30pm
    • Iestyn Davies & Thomas Dunford, Gregynog
  • Sunday, 23 June, 2.30pm
    • The Tallis Scholars, Montgomery
  • Monday, 24 June, 2.30pm
    • West Gallery Workshop, Kerry
  • Monday, 24 June, 7.30pm
    • The Mellstock Band, Kerry
  • Tuesday, 25 June, 12.30pm
    • Britten’s Film Music, Aberystwyth
  • Wednesday, 26 June, 6pm
    • Escher String Quartet, Cardiff
  • Thursday, 27 June, 2-5pm
    • R. S. Thomas Day, Manafon
  • Thursday, 27 June, 7.30pm
    • Guy Johnston, Manafon
  • Friday, 28 June, 6pm
    • Nicholas Daniel, Gregynog
  • Friday, 28 June, 7.30pm
    • Britten Oboe Quartet, Gregynog
  • Saturday, 29 June, 2.30pm
    • Catrin Finch, Gregynog
  • Saturday, 29 June, 7.30pm
    • Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Gregynog
  • Sunday, 30 June, 2.30pm
    • Tenebrae, Gregynog
  • Friday, 22 November, 7.30pm
    • Centenary Gala Recital: Llyr Williams, Cardiff
Programming 2013:
  • Academy of St Martin in the Fields
    • We are excited to welcome the world-renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields to Gregynog Festival for the first time (29 June, 7.30pm). At the heart of their concert with tenor Andrew Kennedy and horn player Timothy Brown are two of Britten’s vocal masterpieces, Les Illuminations and the Serenade for tenor, horn and strings. The programme also includes Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, inspired by a holiday at Ynys Lochtyn, Ceredigion, Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and Arvo Part’s Cantus In Memoriam Benjamin Britten.
  • Star soloists
    • Star soloists at the 2013 Festival include countertenor Iestyn Davies and lutenist Thomas Dunford who mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of John Dowland with a programme of lute songs and solos (22 June, 7.30pm). Keyboard virtuoso Mahan Esfahani plays works for virginals and harpsichord from Parthenia, the earliest published collection of British keyboard music (22 June, 2.30pm). ‘Queen of Harps’ Catrin Finch celebrates Osian Ellis’ connections with Benjamin Britten, including the Suite for harp which the composer dedicated to him (29 June, 2.30pm); and Nicholas Daniel and the Britten Oboe Quartet play a delightful programme of chamber music for a summer’s evening, including Britten’s Phantasy Quartet which was written partly in Wales (28 June, 7.30pm).
  • Ricercar Consort and Harmonie Universelle
    • Also making Festival and Wales debuts this season are the Ricercar Consort (22 June, 4.15pm) and Harmonie Universelle (21 June, 7.30pm). With director Philippe Pierlot (pictured), the Ricercar Consort joins us especially from Belgium to perform music for viols by Dowland, Byrd and Christopher Tye (22 June, 4.15pm). The Cologne-based ensemble Harmonie Universelle, led by Florian Deuter, presents a programme of consort music by Purcell and his contemporaries. These concerts form part of the Festival’s first weekend which showcases some of the leading early music specialists in the world today.


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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Audience on the grounds at Gregynog Hall
    • Charles Medlam demonstrates the bass viol (Gregynog Festival, Wales)
    • Full Panorama view of Gregynog Hall
    • Escher String Quartet
    • Ex Cathedra in rehearsal
    • Charles Medlam demonstrates the bass viol
    • Gregynog performance 2012
    • Gregynog performance 2012
    • Rhodri Davies in recital at the Gregynog Gallery of National Museum Wales in Cardiff
    • Gregynog Gardens
    • The King’s Singers sing Happy Birthday
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  • Gregynog Hall
    Newtown, Powys
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