Support us

The festival has always been, and will remain all about championing and supporting the work of today’s composers, who continue to inspire, intrigue and dazzle us with their fantastic creativity and artistic urge to find new ways of interpreting the 20th and 21st century through their music.

2017 Support Circles

Our Support Circles offer you the opportunity to help us commission new works, support young composers starting out in the profession and bring international artists to the Festival.

The Peter Reynolds Composer Studio

Suggested minimum donation £50

A collaboration between the Festival and Cardiff University School of Music, the studio will welcome 8 talented composers in the early stages of their careers who will immerse themselves in the festival and enjoy direct contact with a wealth of established composers informally and in seminars and individual sessions receiving guidance and feedback on their work.  As well as attending rehearsals and performances the composers will write a short piece for one of two ensembles and hear their work performed in an open public workshop.

The Festival would like to thank the following for their generous support of this programme:

  • Peter Bowen
  • Leslie & Elizabeth Collins
  • Howard Cheesman
  • Kenneth Griffin
  • Bette Griffiths
  • Peter McGuffin & Anne Farmer
  • David & Gillie Williams

Commissioning Support Circle

Suggested minimum donation: £100

3 exciting new commissions from contrasting composers will be supported by our 2017 Commissioning Support Circle:

ben-wallace Young American composer, Ben Wallace – commission for Grand Band
steph-power Honorary Welsh woman, Steph Power – commission for the Marsyas Trio
01-y-twr-small Guto Puw, one of Wales’ most established names – commission for Fairground Organ/Onyx Brass


The Festival would like to thank the following for their generous support of this programme:

  • Howard Cheesman
  • Simon & Sian Heilbron
  • Lyndon Jones (Steph Power commission)
  • David & Val Lermon
  • Domini Lipman (Steph Power commission)
  • Paul & Jane Motte (Steph Power commission)


International Artists Support Circle: Grand Band Residency

Suggested minimum donation: £250

Making their first visit to Wales, the 6 piano group Grand Band are flying in directly from New York to take part in a two-day residency based at Cardiff’s St. David’s Hall. During their time with us they will work with young pianists from Cardiff University and take part in the composer studio (22nd May) and present two concerts (23rd May). For all performances they will perform on 6 grand pianos brought into the venue specially. It is a rare opportunity to witness such a spectacle!

Find out more about all these schemes, how you can make a donation towards the support circles and how your support will be recognised  by downloading our 2017 Festival Support Circles booklet.

Festival Friends

Festival Friends play a crucial role in supporting the delivery of our ambitious wide-ranging programme where artists, composers and audiences rub shoulders and enjoy one-off concerts full of innovation and inspiration.

To join the Festival Friends, simply download the Vale of Glamorgan Friends Membership Form.

General Donations

Every single penny and pound donated to the Festival makes a difference. If you would simply like to make a donation today, please go to our Virgin Money Giving page.

Legacy Giving

Leaving the Festival a Gift in your will would make a lasting difference to the organisation, safeguarding the festival for future generations. By remembering us in this way, with a legacy gift of any size, you will enable us to continue introducing audiences to a wealth of new music and artists, support the creation of new work responding to the world of today and the livelihoods of our fabulous composers, young and old, established  and up-and-coming.

If you are considering this and would like to find out more, please contact the festival on 07891 765696 or by email at and we would be delighted to discuss this further with you.