Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Rosalind Ventris and Joseph Fort to be new artistic directors of the Cowbridge Music Festival

Cowbridge Physic Garden with Holy Cross church tower and Old Grammar School in background.
Cowbridge Physic Garden with Holy Cross church tower and Old Grammar School in background.

For those that don't know it, Cowbridge ( in Welsh, Y Bont-faen) is a lovely market town in the Vale of Glamorgan, around 30 minutes drive from Cardiff. Since 2010, the town has had its own festival, the Cowbridge Music Festival which brings classical music, jazz and folk music at an international level for the community of Cowbridge and beyond. The festival's patron is the violinist Nicola Benedetti and its associate artist is Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams. The festival's founder is Mary Elliott-Rose who has just stepped down as artistic director (but will remain as chair of the trustees).

Now the festival has new artistic directors. It has just been announced that husband-and-wife team Rosalind Ventris and Joseph Fort are taking over as artistic director and are currently involved in the planning for events in 2021. 

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with both names. Rosalind Ventris is one of the UK's leading viola players and has played at Cowbridge a number of times [Rosalind featured on my disc Quickening and premiered Three pieces from the Book of Common Prayer], whilst Joseph Fort is a conductor and musicologist based at King’s College London where he directs the choir whose recent discs have included the first recording of his chamber version of Holst's The Cloud Messenger [see my review].

Further information from the festival website, and an announcement about the 2021 festival will be made soon.

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