Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 May 2019
Astrid the Street Organ: 10 World Premieres
Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 May 2019, various times
Mark David Boden, Graham Fitkin, Gareth Glyn, John Metcalf, Lynne Plowman, Steph Power, Guto Pryderi Puw, Claire Victoria Roberts, David Roche & Ben Wallace.
In celebration of VOGF’s 50th anniversary, we have commissioned ten composers (eight of them from Wales) to write short pieces for Street Organ.
Saturday 18 May 2019
BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Saturday 18 May 2019, 7.30pm
Steve Reich, Peteris Vasks, Graham Fitkin and more
A feast of treats, this concert combines music by giants of contemporary music, including Steve Reich and Peteris Vasks, with incredible new talent emerging from Wales today.
Sunday 19 May
Astrid & Sandbox
Sunday 19 May, daytime
Dutch Street Organ Owner and Operator: Francis Stapleton Street Organ Project-Co-ordinator: David Roche
A series of open access events for all the family to enjoy with Astrid the Street Organ and Sandbox Percussion. Look out for appearances at St Fagans National Museum of History, Barry Island, Penarth Pier and more.
Sunday 19th May 2019
Meet outside National Museum Cardiff
New Music Mystery Tour
Sunday 19th May 2019, 5.45pm to 10.30pm
Take a journey into the unknown with the Festival’s first ever Mystery Tour, for a performance at an atmospheric, intimate secret venue.
Monday 20 May 2019
Tŷ Cerdd Studio, Wales Millennium Centre
Monday 20 May 2019, 7pm
Brian Noyes, Andrew Wilson-Dickson
What inspires and challenges composers when they are creating new music? We find out in this intimate and unique event, as we are joined by composers Brian Noyes and Andrew Wilson-Dickson for Welsh premieres of two of their standout piano trios.
Tuesday 21 May 2019
St David's Hall
Sandbox Percussion (Schools performance)
Tuesday 21 May 2019, 11am
Steve Reich, Charles Peck and more
A specially curated performance for children and their parents, opening with a presentation of songs written and performed by primary school children from South Wales.
Tuesday 21 May
St David's Hall
Tuesday 21 May, 7.30pm
Steve Reich, Charles Peck, Ben Wallace and more
This young quartet will be bringing an unconventional assortment of instruments, from plant pots to marimbas, wine glasses to rooks (an electronic instrument which uses infrared sensors to interpret hand movement).
Wednesday 22 May 2019
Wednesday 22 May 2019, 7.30pm
Dobrinka Tabakova, Sofia Gubaidulina, Robert Fokkens, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh
This concert celebrates the fascinating internationalist perspectives of four composers who combine the influences of the countries in which they were born with the culture of the countries where they now live.
Thursday 23 May 2019
Penarth Pier Pavillion
Thursday 23 May 2019, 8pm
Argo Part, Pēteris Vasks, Johannes Fischer, Steve Reich
Music by Peteris Vasks and Arvo Pärt is presented alongside Different Trains, Steve Reich’s haunting comparison of the trains of his childhood and those used in the Holocaust.
Friday 24 May 2019
Cardiff University School of Music
Peter Reynolds Composer Studio: Armida Quartet
Friday 24 May 2019, 9.30am
Join us for an informal read-through of works written by participants on the Festival’s Peter Reynolds Composers Studio, played by the Armida Quartet.
Graham Fitkin: The Composer Plays
Friday 24 May 2019, 8pm
There is no more fitting way to celebrate the finale of the 50th anniversary Festival than with the fascinating range of work on offer from a composer whose long connection with the Festival we value so highly.