What’s On

Friday 15 May 2020

Penarth Pier Pavilion

Westward Ho!

Friday 15 May 2020, 8pm

Michael Gordon, Heiner Goebbels

Our 2020 Festival starts with your opportunity to see one of the world’s leading vocal music ensembles, Theatre of Voices, in the art deco splendour of Penarth Pier Pavilion.

Saturday 16 May 2020

Chapter Arts Centre

Veils and Vesper

Saturday 16 May 2020, 11.30am

John Luther Adams

We’re taking over Chapter Arts Centre’s Stiwdio, not for a concert, but a sound installation lasting more than six hours.

Llandaff Cathedral

Sacred Voices

Saturday 16 May 2020, 7.30pm

Arvo Pärt, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Galina Grigorjeva

Escape to an oasis of tranquillity, as our second concert with Theatre of Voices places meditative choral music in the historic setting of Llandaff Cathedral.

Sunday 17 May 2020

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Breakfast Beats

Sunday 17 May 2020, 9am

John Luther Adams

Sleeping in is giving in! So get yourself up bright and early for a Sunday morning concert of piano and percussion music.

Bute Park


Sunday 17 May 2020, 11:30am (or later in case of wet weather)

John Luther Adams

John Luther Adams' ultimate environmental piece, performed by percussion players dispersed in Bute Park. Details to be announced.

Monday 18 May 2020

Penarth Pier Pavilion

Wales's Got Talent: International World New Music Days Showcase

Monday 18 May 2020, 8pm

Mark Bowden, Maja Palser, Michael Parkin and Steph Power

Each year a selection of new Welsh music is selected for the global competition, and you can hear some of the finest examples from recent editions as the composers introduce their own music in this showcase.

Tuesday 19 May 2020

St David's Hall

The Hermes Experiment: Family Concert

Tuesday 19 May 2020, 1pm

Helen Woods, Stevie Wishart, Emily Hall, Eloise Gynn, Giles Swayne, Misha Mullov-Abbado, Meredith Monk

A special family and schools concert by The Hermes Experiment - the contemporary quartet made up of harp, clarinet, voice and double bass, with children's presenter Helen Woods.

St Donats Arts Centre

Heavenly Harps and Alaskan Dances

Tuesday 19 May 2020, 7.30pm

Huw Watkins, John Luther Adams, Mared Emlyn, Carlijn Metselaar

This concert by the sea at St Donats Arts Centre is a chance to hear virtuoso musicians perform solo and together.

Wednesday 20 May 2020

Penarth Pier Pavilion

Carducci Quartet with Huw Watkins

Wednesday 20 May 2020, 8pm

Huw Watkins, Philip Glass, John Luther Adams, David Roche

Huw Watkins’ involvement in this year’s Festival as a featured composer reaches its zenith in this concert, when you can hear him play his own music for piano.

Thursday 21 May 2020

Ewenny Priory

Lines Made by Walking

Thursday 21 May 2020, 7.30pm

John Luther Adams, Huw Watkins, Tarik O'Regan

We present the European premiere of one of John Luther Adams’ most recent works, Lines Made by Walking.

Friday 22 May 2020

Ty Cerdd, Wales Millennium Centre

Peter Reynolds Composers Studio - Open Workshop

Friday 22 May 2020, 10:30am

Hear music by six emerging composers on the Festival's Peter Reynolds Composers Studio, played in an open workshop and recording session by the Carducci String Quartet. Further details to be announced.

BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre

BBC NOW: Becoming Ocean

Friday 22 May 2020, 7.30pm

John Luther Adams, Huw Watkins, David Roche

As the climax of this year’s exploration of music and nature we present John Luther Adams’ epic, Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean, performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales.