Between 12th and 20th July 2014, The Llandeilo Festival of Music promises to be a week to remember. The impressive variety of music is enhanced by the atmosphere of the venues in which it will be performed. All but three of the concerts will take place in St. Teilo’s Church in the centre of town, whilst the guitar duo will play in the National Trust’s Newton House in the magnificent Dinefwr Castle Park; the cello recital will be at Aberglasney House, recently restored along with its 10 acres of flourishing gardens; and the jazz evening will take place at The Cawdor Hotel in town. Tickets may be in short supply due to restricted space so book now to avoid disappointment.
Numerous FREE day-time recitals will also take place at various venues throughout the week and there’s a flower festival and exhibition to enjoy.
The festival trustees have worked hard to attract performers with high profile reputations in their field. Amongst them are three who were assisted in their rise to fame by winning prestigious prizes in the BBC Young Musicians of the Year Competition. Clarinettist, pianist and cellist, these are:
Virtuoso clarinettist, Michael Collins. Launching his career by winning the woodwind prize in the first competition (1978), he has since performed with many of the principal orchestras of the world and will join the London Winds Quintet on this occasion. He also gains an increasing reputation as a conductor.
Concerto soloist Lucy Parham, who has played with many leading orchestras in an impressive number of countries, first came to public attention as the Piano Winner of the 1984 competition.
Programme: Franz Liszt
Laura van der Heijden, the cellist who took the overall title of the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2012, has seen her career take off with bookings from many of the leading orchestras. Still only 17 years old, she has a great career ahead of her.
Programme: Schumann, Brahms, Bach, Shostakovich
Opera singer Nuccia Focile, a versatile soprano, has a wide repertoire including Puccini and Verdi and has appeared at many of the world’s leading opera houses.
Accompanying Ms Focile, leading song pianist Gary Matthewman adds Llandeilo to his impressive list of famous venues.
Alison Rhind, who plays with Laura van der Heijden, studied at Chetham’s and is now on the team of accompanists there. She is also official accompanist for BBC Young Musician.
Mark Eden and Christopher Stell play classical guitar with enthusiasm and innovation and have become renowned internationally for their virtuosity.
The St Petersburg String Quartet receive ecstatic reviews wherever they perform and have built a major reputation over nearly 30 years. First violin and cellist are founder members. Programme:Beethoven and Borodin, Bach and Glazunov
The London Winds, founded by Michael Collins (see above) in 1988 unites some of the finest wind players in Britain. Their programme is sure to enchant and includes:
Rossini, Arnold, Ravel, Fauré, Barber
The ‘J’ Word Band will bring together some of the top jazz musicians of the country and continue the tradition of a really high-class reputation for the jazz concert of the festival.
The opening concert will be given by the young John S Davies Singers, accompanied by the Westward Chamber Orchestra. Following the acclaim of their “Messiah” in 2013, this year’s rendition of Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus is eagerly awaited. The choir and orchestra were both founded by the musical director and have performed for over 35 years at festivals and venues throughout Wales including many concerts in St David’s Cathedral.
Soloists with the choir all have high profile careers and include Kate Woolveridge, the popular Welsh mezzo-soprano. In 2012 she received the accolade of Inspirational Woman Of The Year as co-founder and musical director of the Forget-me-Not Chorus, which hosts weekly singing workshops for dementia patients in Cardiff.
Later in the week St. Teilo’s will reverberate with the sound of Côr y Waun Ddyfal, recent winners of the Youth Section in S4C’s* Côr Cymru competition. A solo performance by young violinist Charlie Lovell-Jones, accompanied by his father, Simon, adds to this exciting event. Charlie has already won many prestigious prizes including the violin prize in the Urdd National Eisteddfod four years running. The choir have also had success at the National and Urdd Eisteddfodau.
Joanna David and Henry Goodman will join Lucy Parham in a performance relating the life and music of Franz Liszt.
*S4C is the prestigious Welsh-language TV station which was established at the same time as the English Channel 4 in 1982
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