Let us recommend a concert for you
There are 11 concerts in this year’s Vale of Glamorgan Festival, each showcasing some of the best music by living composers. Obviously you can’t get to all of them. But if you just want to dip your toe in, where should you start?
I want a concert that is…
… A varied feast of treats
Then come to our opening night concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. There’s a smorgasbord of nine short pieces. These include the Welsh premiere of Steve Reich’s most recent orchestral work, and beautiful melodic songs by David Lang and John Metcalf.
Listen here (John Metcalf Polly Garter’s Aria)
Sat 18 May, Wales Millennium Centre
… In a beautiful venue
Join us in one of our favourite places to host concerts, stunning, atmospheric Ewenny Priory. Germany’s Armida Quartet play music with an international flavour, including by composers of Russian, Bulgarian and Azeri heritage.
Watch here (Armida Quartet)
Wed 22 May, Ewenny Priory
… Exhilarating fun
For jaw-dropping virtuosity, see American ensemble Sandbox Percussion play music by Steve Reich and others, on an array of unusual instruments, from plant pots to wine glasses.
Tue 21 May, St David’s Hall
You can enjoy a variety of free events on May 18 and 19, the opening weekend of the Festival. Astrid, a lovingly restored Dutch street organ, will be travelling around Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan playing new music written by 10 Welsh composers.
18 & 19 May
Click here for the full rundown of this year’s Festival events.