A packed programme of national and international talent encompassing the full spectrum of the arts, where celebrated established artists share the Festival with new young talent, will take place between
6 – 22 October.
There will be three illustrious orchestras performing at the Festival to bring shivers down your spine.
On 13 October our old friends the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Thierry Fischer, with one of Britain’s foremost musicians, pianist Stephen Osborne, gives a programme that will include Ravel, Mussgorsky and Stravinsky.
Danish-born Thomas Dausgaard conducts the celebrated Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring critically acclaimed violinist Tasmin Little, on 8 October, while on 15 October the illustrious Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by eminent conductor Yuri Simonov, and with prominent young violinist Nikita Borisoglebsky, perform works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak.
There will again be a strong Welsh element in the Festival with pianist Llŷr Williams giving a recital on 11 October featuring the premiere of Geraint Lewis’s Anatiomaros - a commission by the Friends of the Festival.
Music from the young Cardiff choir, Côrdydd, on 9 October, with cellist Steffan Morris and soprano Fflur Wyn, also features a new commission for the Friends of the Festival - Salvator mundi: Greater love hath no man than this, by the Welsh composer Paul Maelor, and John Rutter’s Requiem. Both composers had their music featured at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton this year.
Between 19 and 22 October Welsh National Opera will be part of the Festival in presenting two operas with several Welsh singers in the casts. Rossini’
On 18 October Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and period instrument ensemble Florilegium will pay tribute to Antonio Vivaldi, while earlier in the day Neath-born young organist James Gough performs a recital at St Mary’s Church in memory of Miner Crocker, Association Secretary of the Swansea Organ Association from 1964-2009.
On 12 October the Festival’s schools outreach project this year, in association with Tŷ Cerdd, culminates with the premiere of Francesca Kay and Gareth Wood’s work, Sea Dogs - a pirate’s tail!. This will be performed by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Symphonic Brass and Percussion Ensemble, with Francesca Kay narrating.
There is Festival dance with Tchaikovsky’
Sir Richard Rodney Bennett has enjoyed a diverse career in music from classical to jazz, having composed the music for such films as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Far from the Madding Crowd, and Murder on the Orient Express; written the full-length ballet Isadora and a jazz work Jazz Callendar for the Royal Ballet. He will be performing in concert with jazz vocalist Claire Martin on 16 October.
10 October gives fans of organ music a treat when Dame Gillian Weir, one of the world’s foremost musical artists, gives an organ recital with the programme culminating in Lanquetit’s exciting Toccata in D.
Between 6-8 October drama comes to the Festival when cult Welsh theatre company, Mappa Mundi, perform Shakespeare’
There are lectures on Beethoven the Revolutionary from Prof David Wyn Jones, Head of the School of Music at Cardiff University and Chris Weeks, Adult Education Lecturer in Music at Swansea University, talks about Stravinsky’s fairy-tale ballet The Firebird. Huw Tregelles Williams will be in conversation with Dame Gilliam Weir before her organ recital and will also be speaking with composer, Geraint Lewis, about his new piano sonata before it is performed by Llŷr Williams in his recital. At the National Waterfront Museum on 17 October, Simon Rees, Dramaturg at Welsh National Opera, explores the career of Adelina Patti and her links with Swansea and to the SS Arandora Star.
Visual art exhibitions run throughout the Festival. At the National Waterfront Museum, the exhibition Wales breaks its silence…....from Memories to Memorial is an emotional exhibition about the ill-fated SS Arandora Star, while at the Mission Gallery Swansea based artist Alex Duncan will create a site specific work in the Gallery’s space. The Taliesin Arts Centre features Returning Journeys, an exhibition of Drawings, Paintings and Poetry by Rev. Andrew Vessey who recently retired from St.Mary’s Church. Locws International invites a group of international and Welsh visual artists to create contemporary artworks for public sites across Swansea - Art Across the City. There is an opportunity to visit all of these exhibitions, in an Art and Pasta coach tour, ending with a pasta lunch and glass of wine. The coach will leave from outside the Guildhall at 10.30am prompt on 16 October.
Completing this full programme of diverse events, Live Music Now will again be taking the Festival to schools, hospitals, residential homes, centres for people with learning disabilities and other community venues during October.
For more information on Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts please visit http://www.swanseafestival.org
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