Monday, 2 September 2019

Somewhere for the weekend: Cowbridge Festival

Cowbridge high street (Photo Tony Hodge)
Cowbridge high street (Photo Tony Hodge)
The market town of Cowbridge is in the Vale of Glamorgan, some 7 miles West of Cardiff, and this year the Cowbridge Music Festival is celebrating 10 years of bringing classical music, jazz and world music to the town. This year's festival features 30 events across 16 days from 6 to 21 September, and features a wide range of performers as well as an innovative outreach programme.

Saxophonist of the moment, Jess Gillam opens the festival with a recital of music by Ravel, Britten, Michael Nyman, John Harle, Dowland and Milhaud, whilst Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams, an Associate Artist of the festival, will be performing Schumann, Liszt and Chopin. In her bicentenary year, Clara Schumann's music will be celebrated in a concert which will include her magnum opus, the Piano Trio, Op. 17. Other artists performing at the festival include the Aronowitz Trio (pianist Tom Poster, violinist Magnus Johnston, cellist Pierre Doumenge) in Haydn, Schumann and Schubert, vocal ensemble Tenebrae, and the Budapest Cafe Orchestra.

Syrian artist Maya Youssef will be performing a recital on the qanum, a 78 string Middle-Eastern plucked zither.

The Cowbridge Chamber Music Week features young artists just out of college in a week of rehearsals and workshops culminating in two concerts.

Full details from the festival website.

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