Vale Of Glamorgan Festival Limited

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Unique in the UK, the Vale of Glamorgan Festival presents an annual programme of classical music featuring works by living composers exclusively. The festival brings to Wales an international roster of great artists, ensembles and composers presenting a programme of concerts, talks and workshops where the composers themselves rub shoulders with audiences and share their passion for the best of new music.

The 2017 Festival runs from 19-26 May and is packed full of festival “firsts” in a season where we shine the spotlight on Welsh composers and join the 70th birthday celebrations of the renowned American composer, John Adams.  Partnering with Music Theatre Wales, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Sherman Theatre we co-present the world premiere of a new Welsh language opera Y Twr by Guto Puw.  Guto is also writing an unusual piece for fairground organ and brass quintet to premiere during the Festival’s “day by the sea” which culminates in a concert in the Edwardian Eastern Shelter on Barry Island.  6 piano, “super-group” Grand Band from New York make their first visit to Wales with a 2-day residency where they work with young composers, young pianists and present two concerts.  Former BBC Young Generation Artists, Apollon Musagète Quartet from Poland join us for 2 days alongside our orchestral partner BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Marsyas Trio.  

More world premieres include a new Concerto for amplified recorders by the UK’s Graham Fitkin, a piece inspired by walking from Wales’, Steph Power, and young American Ben Wallace writes a new work for Grand Band.  We also present the inaugural Peter Reynolds Composer Studio during which 8 aspiring young composers immerse themselves in the festival, take part in sessions with visiting composers, attend rehearsals and concerts and write a new work to be performed and recorded live by a visiting ensemble.

We are able to present our annual ambitious programme thanks to generous funding from the Arts Council of Wales and Vale of Glamorgan Council whose support amounts to just under 50% of the overall cost of the festival.  It is our task to raise the remaining 50% from trusts and foundations, international organisations, ticket sales and individual donations.

Support from individuals remains as vital as ever at this time of economic uncertainty when funders find themselves with reduced resources and are often more reticent to fund the unusual and untraditional.  Every single penny and pound raised in support of the festival is very much needed and welcome.  We invite you to join our 2017 celebrations by making a donation of your choice by clicking on one of the "make a donation" buttons to the right of this screen.

Alternatively you might be interested to find out about three specific support schemes we have put together this year:

  • Commissioning Support Circle
  • International Artists Support Circle
  • Peter Reynolds Composer Studio

Full details of these schemes can be found here  

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