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Music Festival, Fri 16 Jun - Sun 2 Jul 2017

Music Festival

Music Festival


Gregynog Festival is the oldest festival in Wales and one of the UK’s premier classical music events.

The University and seaside town of Aberystwyth provides the location for our opening day on 16 June. The National Library of Wales' collections have inspired this year's curation and items will be on special display. The Artistic Director introduces the Festival and its theme of Pageantry, and our concerts reflect the early 20th-century early music revival, with performances in the intimate Council Chamber, overlooking Cardigan Bay, by harpist Paul Dooley and lutenist Thomas Dunford.

Our opening weekend (17 & 18 June) celebrates the pioneering work of Arnold Dolmetsch in reviving the performance of early music at the start of the 20th century. Danish recorder virtuosa Michala Petri, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and the Ricercar Consort present programmes inspired by Dolmetsch's family ensemble, prefaced by a special introductory talk by Jeanne Dolmetsch, grand-daughter of Arnold and Musical Director of the Dolmetsch Foundation.

Our second weekend (23 - 25 June) takes place at the National Trust's Chirk Castle, with performances in the historic Chapel which seats just 70. The star-studded weekend features Australian saxophonist Amy Dickson, pianist Llyr Williams and clarinettist Robert Plane with the Gould Piano Trio, together with talks about the patronage of T. E. Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden. Experience the Castle's artistic life at the start of the twentieth century.

The Festival arrives at its inspiration - Harlech and its artistic community of a century ago. Our five-day programme from 28 June reflects the richness of artistic life in 1917 Harlech, featuring a commissioned dance work on the beach in tribute to Margaret Morris, a special trip on the Ffestiniog Railway to Coed-y-Bleiddiau, Granville Bantock's home, together with music, talks, exhibitions and visits. We close the Festival on 2 July with a celebratory event at Harlech Castle, recalling the 150th anniversary of the Harlech Festival.

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Fri 16 Jun - Sun 2 Jul 2017

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Fri 16 Jun - Sun 2 Jul Gregynog Festival 2017


Plan route to Gregynog Festival 2017 using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SO 085975  Lat: 52.56760 Long: -3.35139

From Newtown:
Entering Newtown from the South, keep on the A489 until you reach the roundabout at McDonald’s.
Turn left at the roundabout (keeping McDonalds on your left).
Go over the river bridge following signs for the hospital. Take the fifth turning on the right (opposite the Bell Hotel). Carry on up the hill out of Newtown for approx. 6 miles.
The entrance to Gregynog is sign-posted on the left just before the village of Tregynon.

From Welshpool:
Head towards Newtown on the A483 for approx. 4 miles. Turn right towards Berriew (B4390).
In Berriew village take the second turning on the left, sign posted Bettws Cedewain 5 miles.
In Bettws follow the road round to the right (keeping the New Inn pub on your right) sign-posted Tregynon 2.5 miles.
At the next T junction the entrance to Gregynog is sign posted straight opposite

Parking: with charge


Gregynog Hall,
SY16 3PW

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