Gower Festival 2017

Saturday 1st July to Saturday 15th july 2017

We have some wonderful concerts arranged for the 2017 Festival. We have invited several artists who have delighted us in previous years: the Wihan Quartet (string quartet), Pavel Kolesnikov (piano), John Anderson (oboe), the Carducci Quartet (string quartet) and Alexandra Dariescu (piano). These are internationally established musicians coming to play for us in our lovely Gower churches.

From the wealth of younger talent, we have selected Emma Halnan (flute), Jamal Aliyev (cello) and the Haru String Trio. They all have exceptional skills and we are lucky to hear them early in their careers. In 2014 a number of amazing young musicians from the Yehudi Menuhin School gave a concert. This year, we have the whole orchestra and it will be impressive. The Wales International Academy of Voice trains singers to the highest of standards. They will be performing a concert based on Italian arias. Many of you will know Wyn Davies, born in Gowerton and now Director of Music to New Zealand Opera who will be giving us a hilarious cabaret evening with a musical flavour!

In 2016, we held a Cymanfa Ganu/Songs of Praise in Capel y Crwys at Three Crosses to celebrate our 40th Anniversary. This was so enjoyed by all who took part that we have decided to hold another. The service is non-denominational and we invite all choirs on Gower and beyond, as well as people who enjoy singing to come and make a joyful sound.

In keeping with our objective of supporting young musicians, we again have a concert devoted to outstanding players from the Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians, and at our three Masterclasses, visiting musicians will meet with local young players to guide and inspire them.

The special nature of the Gower Festival is to have amazing music in the superb acoustic of ancient Gower churches. We seek to provide an experience to remember and offer a series of concerts which I am sure you will find attractive and most enjoyable.

This year’s concert details – Saturday 1st July to Saturday 15th July 2017

Saturday July I Wihan Quartet and Gordon Back (piano). A “Czech evening” featuring the wonderful Wihan Quartet, together with Gordon Back. They perform Dvořák Piano Quintet in A, one of the great masterpieces of romantic chamber music. Venue: St Peter’s Church, Newton 7.30pm £13.00 Sponsored by Doug & Carmel Richards

Sunday July 2 Wihan Quartet. The Wihan Quartet perform quartets by Haydn and Dvořák. Venue: St Mary’s Church, Rhossili 2.00pm £8.00

Monday July 3 Emma Halnan (flute) and Daniel King Smith (piano). Winners of the Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award. Venue: St Hilary’s Church, Killay 7.30pm £13.00 Sponsored by Sir Karl & Lady Jenkins

Tuesday July 4 Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra. A special concert with the brilliant Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra. Programme to feature two of the greatest works written for a string orchestra. Venue: All Saints’ Church, Oystermouth 7.30pm £13.00 Sponsored by Arthur Llewellyn Jenkins, Wales’ Leading Furniture Centres

Thursday July 6 Jamal Aliyev (cello) and Craig White (piano). The award winning young Turkish cellist performs an evening of romantic cello music. Venue: St George’s Church, Reynoldston 7.30pm £13.00 Sponsored by Lark Insurance

Friday July 7 Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy. Two Russian “star” pianists, Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy. Venue: St Cenydd’s Church, Llangennith 7.30pm £13.00 Sponsored by John & Susan Medwell

Saturday July 8 Wyn Davies. A cabaret evening with Gower celebrity Wyn Davies who plays cheap tunes but in the best possible taste. Venue: Reynoldston Village Hall 7.30pm £13.00 Sponsored by Swansea Timber and Plywood

Sunday July 9 Cymanfa Ganu. By overwhelming demand a Cymanfa Ganu conducted by Alwyn Humphreys with organist Huw Tregelles Williams and soloist Gary Griffiths featuring many favourite hymns. Venue: Capel y Crwys, Three Crosses 6.00pm £5.00 Sponsored by Swansea Building Society

Monday July 10 afternoon Haru String Trio. The talented Haru String Trio perform music by Schubert and Dohnányi in a new venue at lunchtime. Venue: Clyne Chapel 1.00pm £8.00 Sponsored anonymously

Wednesday July 12 John Anderson (oboe) and Gordon Back (piano). The brilliant Gower oboist, John Anderson with Gordon Back, piano. Venue: St Illtyd’s Church, Ilston 7.30pm £13.00 Sponsored by John & Georgina Harding

Thursday July 13 The Carducci String Quartet. A great evening to celebrate the 80th birthday of Philip Glass and the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Venue: St Rhidian & St Illtyd’s Church, Llanrhidian 7.30pm £13.00 Sponsored by Edwina Hart

Friday July 14 Stars from Wales International Academy of Voice. An ‘Italian evening of song”, with Stars from the Academy founded by Dennis O’Neill, including arias by Rossini, Puccini and Mozart. Venue: St John the Evangelist Church, Gowerton 7.30pm £13.00

Saturday July 15 afternoon Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians. A concert by talented local young musicians. Venue: St Peter’s Church, Newton 1.00pm £5.00

Saturday July 15th evening Alexandra Dariescu (piano). The return of the brilliant Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu. Venue: St Peter’s Church, Newton 7.30pm £13.00 Sponsored by Prof & Mrs Clarkson



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