A look back on Festival 2021

Sunday 12 September 2021


Sinfonia Cymru: Enchant

Sunday 12 September 2021, 4pm

Anna Clyne, Laurence Crane, Anna Meredith, Aaron Parker, Steve Reich, Errollyn Wallen

We’ve teamed up with the UK’s leading under 30s orchestra for a tour of awe-inspiring music by living composers from the early 2000s to the present day.



Sunday 12 September 2021

Robert Fokkens

Composer Robert Fokkens’ new opera Bhekzizwe tells the life story of a South African Zulu man who grows up during the final years of apartheid and moves to the UK. Film.

Monday 13 September 2021

Online broadcast from Cardiff University Concert Hall

Pēteris Vasks: String Quartets

Monday 13 September 2021, 7.30pm (pre-concert talk 7.15pm)

Pēteris Vasks

Featured artists Solem Quartet provide the perfect introduction to one of the world’s most prolific and influential living composers, Pēteris Vasks, in his 75h birthday year.

Tuesday 14 September 2021

Online broadcast from Cardiff University Concert Hall

David Roche - Prayers of Method

Tuesday 14 September 2021, 6.45pm (pre-performance talk 6.30pm)

David Roche

Twice delayed due to lockdown, we’re thrilled to finally give the world premiere of this Festival commission, Prayers of Method by Welsh composer David Roche. Siwan Rhys (piano).

Online broadcast from Cardiff University Concert Hall

Fruits of Silence

Tuesday 14 September 2021, 7.30pm (pre-concert talk 7.10pm)

Sarah Jenkins, John Metcalf, Guto Puw, Pēteris Vasks

The variety and breadth of music in this year’s Festival is epitomised in this concert, which showcases work by four of our Featured Composers.

Wednesday 15 September 2021

Online broadcast from Cardiff University Concert Hall

Winds from Another Planet

Wednesday 15 September 2021, 1pm (pre-concert talk 12.45pm)

Sarah Jenkins, Judith Weir

Siwan Rhys and the distinctive Magnard Ensemble bring Judith Weir’s airs, jigs and reels to life in this lunchtime concert.

Online and radio broadcast from BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre


Wednesday 15 September 2021, 7.30pm

Sarah Jenkins, John Metcalf, Guto Puw, Pēteris Vasks, Judith Weir

Our annual concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales brings together music by all five of this year’s featured composers. Like previous collaborations, it is rich in variety and shows the dynamism and thrill of hearing music by living composers from Wales and beyond.

Thursday 16 September 2021

Online broadcast

Peter Reynolds Composer Studio 2021

Thursday 16 September 2021, 12.30pm

Cameron Biles-Liddell, Lucy Callen, Euchar Gravina, Florence Anna Maunders, Angela Slater, Daniel Wyn-Jones.

Listen to explore music by some of the composers of the future.

Online broadcast

Singing John Metcalf

Thursday 16 September 2021, 7.30pm

John Metcalf

Composer John Metcalf founded Vale of Glamorgan Festival in 1969 and has been Artistic Director ever since. Tonight we celebrate vocal music from four decades of his song collections and operas.