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Gregynog Festival

Gregynog Festival

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Gregynog Festival

Music Festival, Fri 19 - Sun 28 Jun 2020

Gregynog Hall,
SY16 3PW


Gregynog Festival, Wales’s oldest classical music festival, returns in June with its traditional combination of beautiful summer events in idyllic Mid Wales locations. The season celebrates the vision of the Davies family – Gwendoline and Margaret Davies and their brother David, 1st Baron Davies – for a better world rooted in culture and peace following the First World War.

2019 marks 100 years since Gregynog Festival’s first Artistic Director, Henry Walford Davies, became first Gregynog Professor of Music at Aberystwyth University, 1919-26, and first Director of the National Council of Music for Wales, 1919-41: appointments that were funded by Gwendoline and Margaret Davies. The season also celebrates the anniversaries of two foundations sponsored by David Davies: the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University and the Temple of Peace and Health in Cardiff.

Highlights in the historic Music Room at Gregynog, near Newtown, include the Odysseus Piano Trio (Friday, 28 June, 7.30pm) whose concert pays tribute to the Aberystwyth Trio appointed by Walford Davies in 1919 as the first resident chamber ensemble at any University in the world. The Trio gave free weekly concerts to students and townspeople and even shared the platform with Béla Bartók when he made his UK début at Aberystwyth in March 1922.

Gregynog also hosts A Nocte Temporis, directed by the tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen, in a beautiful programme of arias by Bach (Saturday, 29 June, 7.30pm). Flemish tenor Van Mechelen and French Baroque ensemble A Nocte Temporis, featuring the flautist Anna Besson, are the rising stars of the early music world and this will be their début appearance in Wales.

In addition to Gregynog Hall, Festival Events also take place at:
National Library of Wales - 22 June VRi, Ty Ein Tadau (also at Pontcadfan, Llangadfan on 23 June) and 28 June Rhian Davies, Walford and Wales.
Aberystwyth (Bethel Chapel, Baker St) - 30 June - Meirion Wynn Jones, organ recital.

Children welcomeDisabled access

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 19 - Sun 28 Jun 2020


Free - £22, with discounts available for young people and block bookings


Gregynog Hall,
SY16 3PW

Location and nearby places


Plan route to Gregynog Festival 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


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
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