Festival 2019

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

Composer Spotlights

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

Sandbox Percussion

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

Ewenny Priory

Armida Quartet

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

Armida Quartet

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.

Acapela, Pentyrch

Graham Fitkin: The Composer Plays

Friday 24 May 2019, 8pm

Graham Fitkin

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.